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					FORENSIC SCIENCE Biology Emphasis
Forensic Biology The biology option is best for students interested in living things that may affect investigations. Forensic scientists with a background in biology may choose to work in a crime lab analyzing DNA or samples of human origin. Others study botany and learn to track a criminal's movements based on traces of plant debris or even pollen particles found on their clothing. Even the study of insects and scavenger animals falls under the heading of biology. Insect life cycles can aid investigators in determining how long a body has been exposed and even how much time has passed since death. Some biology students may also be interested in attending medical school and taking on careers as medical examiners. Forensic nursing is a rapidly growing field for medical professionals trained specifically to treat crime victims and to collect evidence if needed. Suggested reading: Corpse: Nature, Forensics, and the Struggle to Pinpoint Time of Death by Jessica Snyder Sachs Dead Reckoning: The New Science of Catching Killers by Michael Baden and Marion Roach Blood Evidence by Henry Lee A Fly for the Prosecution: How Insect Evidence Helps Solve Crimes by Lee Goff Written and Oral Communications (9 hours) ENG 101 ENG 102 Speech Communication (SCM 111 or SCM 305 or SCM 320 or SCM 330) Global History and Culture (12 hours) Social Science ANT 101 OR GHY 101 OR SOC 101 Humanities ENG 203 HIS 101 OR HIS 102 HIS 101 OR HIS 102 OR PHI 151 OR REL 131 Aesthetic Values (3 hours) Fine Art Appreciation ART 130 OR DAN 130 OR MUS 365 OR THE 100 Basic Science and Mathematics (3 hours) Calculus (MAT 136 or MAT 167 or MAT 134) Laboratory Sciences (See Major Emphasis)

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Decision Making and Responsibility (3 hours) Choose one course from: ECO 101, PHI 171, PSY 110, PS 101, COH 100, COH 101 Major Requirements (48 hours) FSC 140/140L (Forensic Science) FSC 310/310L (Intro Forensic Science) FSC 340/340L (Fingerprinting) FSC 430 (Survey of Forensic Science) FSC 440 (Drug Identification) FSC 442/442L (Arson & Explosives) FSC 445/445L (Crime Scene Doc) FSC 480 (Seminar in Forensic Science) (Senior Capstone) FSC 491/491L (Special Projects) FSC 497 (Field Study) AJ 330 (Criminal Law) AJ 342 (Criminal Investigation) AJ 433 (Evidence, Search & Seizure) AJ 482 (Criminal Justice Ethics) Emphasis Area of Study (23-24 hours) BSC 110/110L (Prin of Bio Sciences I) BSC 111/111L (Prin of Bio Sciences II) BSC 250/250L (Human A & P I) BSC 370 (Genetics) BSC 380/380L (General Microbiology) BSC 411/411L or BSC 476 or BSC 481/481L Other Required Courses (28 hours) CHE 106/106L (General Chemistry I) CHE 107/107L (General Chemistry II) CHE 255/255L (Organic Chemistry I) CHE 256/256L (Organic Chemistry II) PHY 111/111 (General Physics I) PHY 112/112L (General Physics II) CSC 309 (Computers and Society) Minimum of 128 Hours in the Program A Minimum of 64 hours required from 4-year college, 45 hours 300-400 level courses, last 32 hours from the University of Southern Mississippi. A GPA of 2.0 to graduate, "C" or better in all Major and Emphasis coursework.

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