Bachelors in Forensic Science


B.S. Forensic Science Overview


The Forensic Science program at SJSU offers Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees in Forensic Chemistry, Forensic Biology, and Digital Evidence for students with a career interest in crime lab work. Students in the forensic science major take basic and advanced biology, chemistry, and physics courses to build a strong foundation in the sciences, and complement these with coursework in forensic science applications. The curricula of each major concentration meet the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Forensic Education Program Accreditation standards.  

 


Program Learning Outcomes


  • Apply the scientific method to draw logical conclusions about crime scenes
  • Demonstrate competence in the recognition, documentation, collection, and analysis of forensic evidence
  • Identify sources and causes of error in forensic science
  • Interpret evidence and communicate findings clearly in both written reports and oral testimony
  • Contextualize forensic science within the fields of criminal justice, human rights, and physical and mental health

 


Learn the Theory and Practical Application


The topics in this bachelor's in forensic science program include: 

  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Forensic photography
  • Organic chemistry
  • Forensic Entomology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Principals of biochemistry
  • Physical evidence analysis
  • Instrumental analysis
  • Toxicology
  • Body fluid and DNA analysis

 


Curriculum & Requirements


List of Forensic Science Courses

Tentative Semester Course Schedule

Forensic Science, Biology Concentration, BS

See the SJSU catalog for current degree requirements

Major Form to apply for graduation with 4-year road-map for incoming majors (Prior to Fall 2016)

Major Form to apply for graduation with 4-year road-map for incoming majors (After Fall 2016)

Forensic Science, Chemistry Concentration, BS

See the SJSU catalog for current degree requirements

Major Form to apply for graduation with 4-year road-map for incoming majors (Prior to Fall 2016)

Major Form to apply for graduation with 4-year road-map for incoming majors (After to Fall 2016)

Forensic Science, Digital Evidence Concentration, BS

See the SJSU catalog for current degree requirements

Major Form to apply for graduation with 4-year road-map for incoming majors

 


Applying to Forensic Science Program


The Forensic Science Program is impacted, which means that we require additional admission criteria to declare us as your major. Currently, we have two open application period for matriculated students: October 15 to October 31 and March 1 to March 15. Freshmen students wanting to declare Forensic Science will be ranked based on their overall SJSU GPA. The Program is competitive meaning that students should strive for a GPA above 3.0 to have a strong chance of being accepted.

 

Minimum Criteria

  • Complete two of the following qualifying courses at SJSU within 60 units of arriving at SJSU: BIOL 1A, CHEM 1A, ENGL 1B, FS 11, STAT 95 (or equivalent), Any General Education course.

 

How to Apply

Submit the following application package to the Justice Studies Office in MacQuarrie Hall (Room 524) or as one pdf to justice-studies@sjsu.edu in one of the two open application periods.

  • Change of Major Form
  • All Unofficial Transcripts: community college, other universities, SJSU, etc.
  • Letter of Intent: a page-long explanation for declaring or changing your major to Forensic Science
  • Personalized Graduation Plan

a.    Students with fewer than 90 units of coursework must turn in an informal personalized plan to graduate. This must be a semester-by-semester plan showing how many courses will be taken and in what areas, and identifying all required courses, until completion of the degree. Here is a sample graduation plan.

b.    Students with more than 90 units of coursework must complete a major form (Biology, Chemistry, Digital Evidence) detailing specific courses that will be applied toward graduation in the major and in which semesters those courses will be taken. If accepted into the major, the student will be required to apply to graduate.

 

Questions

For any questions regarding your application to the Forensic Science Programs, please contact Dr. Shawna Bolton or Professor Mary Juno.