Forensic Biology Curriculum

UNL Forensic Science - DNA

This curriculum represents the current courses required to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science under the Forensic Biology option. This degree is designed as a four-year degree that requires the completion of 120 credit hours.  (See Forensic Biology: 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 - Students

Forensic Biology Option

Students will learn basic biological techniques and be prepared for graduate study or professional careers in academia, research, industry, law or medicine.

Forensic Biology Requirements (42 credits)
BIOC 321 and 321L Elements of Biochemistry (4)
BIOS 205 and 206 Genetics (6)
BIOS 213 and 213L Human Physiology (4)
BIOS 303 Molecular Biology (3)
BIOS 312 Microbiology (3)
BIOS 314 Microbiology Laboratory (1)
BIOS 443 Immunology (3)
CHEM 252 Organic Chemistry II (3)
CHEM 254 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (1)
FORS 401 and 401L Forensic Biology (4)
FORS 403 Advanced Forensic Photography (1)
FORS 404 Bloodstains as Evidence
(1)
FORS 410 Advanced Forensic DNA Methods (3)
PHYS 142 Elementary General Physics II (5)

Restricted Electives (3-4) Choose One of the Following:
BIOS 412 Human Genetics (3)
BIOS 420 Molecular Genetics (3)
BIOS 477 Bioinformatics and Molecular Evolution (3)
FORS 445 Human Remains in Forensic Science (4)
FORS 446 Pollen Analysis for Behavioral, Biol, 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: Forensic Biology 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 Forensic Biology. They complete their final year in residence at the College of Law.

Pre-Law Forensic Biology Requirements (23 credits)
BIOC 321 and 321L Elements of Biochemistry (4)
BIOS 205 and 206 Genetics (6)
BIOS 303 Molecular Biology (3)
BIOS 312 Microbiology (3)
BIOS 314 Microbiology Laboratory (1)
FORS 401 and 401L Forensic Biology (4)
FORS 404 Bloodstains as Evidence (1)
Select 1 additional hour of professional electives (1)