CSI Option Curriculum

UNL Forensic Science - CSI

This curriculum represents the current courses required to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science under the Crime Scene Investigation option. This degree is designed as a four-year degree that requires the completion of 120 credit hours. (See CSI Option: 4-Year Plan)

Please follow this link to download a 2017-2018 Forensic Science Curriculum Checklist

General Degree Requirements

The following basic courses are required for a bachelor of science in forensic science. In addition, students must select and meet the requirements of one of the options.

College Integrative Course (3)
SCIL 101 Science and Decision-Making for a Complex World (3)

Forensic Science Core (13)
CRIM 101 Survey of Criminal Justice (3)
FORS 120 Introduction to Forensic Science (2)
FORS 120L Introduction to Forensic Science Laboratory (1)
FORS 200 Forensic Science Seminar (1)
FORS 411 Overiew of Comparative Analysis Lab (3)
FORS 485 Current Issues in Forensic Science (3)

Natural Sciences (25)
CHEM 109 General Chemistry I (4)
CHEM 110 General Chemistry II (4)
CHEM 251 Organic Chemistry I (3)
CHEM 253 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1)
LIFE 120 and 120L Fundamentals of Biology I (4)
LIFE 121 and 121L Fundamentals of Biology II (4)
PHYS 141 Elementary General Physics I (5)

Mathematics and Analytical Skills (8)
MATH 106 Calculus I (5)
STAT 218 Introduction to Statistics (3)

Communication (6)
Written Communication (3)
  Select from: ENGL 150, 151, 254; JGEN 120, 200, 300
Communications and Interpersonal Skills (3)
  Select from: ALEC 102; COMM 101, 209, 210, 215, 283, 286; JGEN 300; MRKT 257; NRES 260; TMFD 121

Economics (3)
ECON 200, 211, or 212 (3)

Humanities and Social Sciences (9)
Students should also choose one course each in ACE areas 5, 7 and 9 as Humanities and Social Science Electives. Click here to learn more about the ACE requirements, which are UNL's general education requirements.

Forensic Science UNL - CSI Student

Crime Scene Investigation Option Requirements

This option emphasizes broad understandings of forensic science as applied to the acquisition, preservation, interpretation, and presentation of evidence.

Crime Scene Investigation Requirements (42 credits)
AGRO 315 Genetics (4)
BIOS 312 Microbiology (3)
BIOS 314 Microbiology Laboratory (1)
CHEM 221 Elementary Quantitative Analysis
(4)
CHEM 252 Organic Chemistry II (3)
CHEM 254 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (1)
ENTO 115 Insect Biology (3)
ENTO 116 Insect Identification (1)
FORS 307 Forensic DNA for CSI(3)
FORS 400 and 400L Crime Scene Investigation (4)
FORS 403 Advanced Forensic Photography (1)
FORS 404 Bloodstains as Evidence(1)
FORS 406 Crime Scene Management(1)
FORS 414 Forensic Entomology (3)
FORS 445 Human Remains in Forensic Science (4)
PHYS 142 Elementary General Physics II (5)

Restricted Electives (3-4)
Choose One of the Following:
FORS 300 Forensic Taphonomy (3)
FORS 446 Pollen Analysis for Behavioral, Biological, and Forensic Science (4)
FORS 498 Special Topics in Forensic Science (3)
Any 300-Level or above: AGRO, ANTH, BIOC, BIOS, CHEM, ENTO, PHYS, or MATH 107

Additional Professional Electives (7-8)

Pre-Law: CSI  Requirements (Years 1-3)

The pre-law option allows students to receive their bachelors degree in forensic science and their Juris Doctor degree in six years rather than the traditional seven. During their first three years, students complete course work in the Forensic Science Program, with classes clustered in Crime Scene Investigation. They complete their final year in residence at the College of Law.

Pre-Law Crime Scene Investigation Requirements (23 credits)
AGRO 315 Genetics (4)
CHEM 221 Elementary Quantitative Analysis
(4) OR
CHEM 252 Organic Chemistry II (3) & CHEM 254 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (1)
ENTO 115 Insect Biology (3)
ENTO 116 Insect Identification (1)
FORS 300 Forensic Taphonomy (3)
FORS 307 Forensic DNA for CSI(3)
FORS 400 and 400L Crime Scene Investigation (4)
FORS 404 Bloodstains as Evidence(1)