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Forensic Science                                                     Combined Degree Description: Master of Science in Forensic
Administered by the International Forensic Research Institute        Science/PhD in Biology
(IFRI), the Master of Science in Forensic Science is an              Description: The MSFS/PhD in Biology combines the Master of
interdisciplinary program designed to prepare students for careers   Science in Forensic Science with a PhD in
in local, state and national forensic science laboratories. The      Biology. Students who pursue this degree will be enrolled in a
program may also be suitable preparation for doctoral instruction    continuous program; however, upon
in several disciplines.                                              completion of all the requirements of the MSFS program (report
                                                                     option), students will be awarded a
                                                                     MSFS degree as they transition towards their PhD.
Admission Requirements:
To be admitted into the Master‟s degree program in Forensic
Science, a student must:                                             MSFS/PhD in Biology Degree Requirements
     1. Hold a Bachelor‟s degree in a natural science from a         For admission into the MSFS/PhD program, students must meet
           relevant university.                                      the admission criteria of a PhD student with the understanding that
     2. Have a 3.0 GPA during the last two years of the              they will have an increased class load of 2-3 classes, e.g., Forensic
           undergraduate program and a combined GRE score of         Biology, Forensic Chemistry and Forensic Analysis, when
           1000 or higher.                                           compared to the normal PhD applicant but will graduate with two
     3. Two letters of recommendation of the student‟s               degrees. The requirements will be as follows:
           academic potential.                                              1. Hold a Bachelor‟s degree in a natural science from a
     4. Be sponsored by a Biology faculty member with                            relevant university.
           Dissertation Advisor Status.                                     2. Have a 3.0 GPA during the last two years of the
     5. Receive approval from the Department Graduate                            undergraduate program and a combined GRE score of
           program committee.                                                    1120 or higher.
     6. International graduate student applicants whose native              3. Arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to
           language is not English are required to submit a score                the Biology graduate program director evaluating the
           for test of English as a Foreign Language (TOFL) of for               applicant‟s potential for graduate work.
           the International English Language Testing system                4. Be sponsored by a Biology faculty member with
           (IETLS). A score of 80 on the IBT TOFL or 6.5 overall                 Dissertation Advisor Status.
           on the IETLS is required.                                        5. Receive approval from the Department Graduate
Minimum requirement is the equivalent of a bachelor‟s degree in                  program committee.
biology, chemistry or related science approved by the graduate              6. International graduate student applicants whose native
committee. It is recommended that students have the equivalent of                language is not English are required to submit a score
a minor in chemistry before taking the required courses.                         for test of English as a Foreign Language (TOFL) of for
                                                                                 the International English Language Testing system
                                                                                 (IETLS). A score of 80 on the IBT TOFL or 6.5 overall
                                                                                 on the IETLS is required.
Required Courses:
                                                                     As these candidates will be dually enrolled in two graduate degree
BSC 5406 Forensic Biology                               (3)
                                                                     programs, candidates must complete minimum of 32 credit hours
CHS 5531 Forensic Analysis                              (3)
                                                                     towards their MSFS degree with a grade of „C‟ or higher and a
CHS 5545 Forensic Chemistry                             (3)
                                                                     cumulative GPA of 3.0. The MSFS report must be completed and
                                                                     accepted by the University before full transition towards the PhD.
                                                                     Candidates must also complete a total of 90 credit hours towards
                                                                     the PhD with the allowance for credits to be transferred from the
                                                                     completed MSFS degree. The student will be able to earn both
                                                                     degrees in a similar time frame that it would take to obtain either
                                                                     degree if pursued consecutively.
                                                                     Students will be required to select a Master‟s defense committee
                                                                     while pursuing the MSFS as well as a PhD dissertation committee.
                                                                     This committee may or may not be comprised of the same
                                                                     members as those selected for the Master‟s program. The Master‟s
                                                                     proposal should be presented after the second semester of
                                                                     admission and the PhD dissertation defense should be presented
                                                                     after the fourth semester after admission.



                                                                     Required Courses:
                                                                     BSC 6457 Introduction to Biological Research             (3)
                                                                     BSC 5931 Thesis Proposal Seminar                         (1)
                                                                     BSC 7961 Dissertation Proposal Seminar                   (1)
                                                                     BSC 5975 Thesis Defense                                  (1)
                                                                     BSC 7982 Dissertation Defense                            (1)
                                                                     BSC 5406 Forensic Biology                                (3)
                                                                     CHS 5531 Forensic Analysis                               (3)
                                                                     CHS 5545 Forensic Chemistry                              (3)
                                                                     PCB5665 Human Genetics                                   (3)
                                                                     PCB5685 Population Genetics                              (3)
Electives                                                           Electives Courses:
Elective courses in the student‟s area(s) of thesis concentration   PCB 6025 Molecular Biology         (3)
may be substituted upon approval by the thesis committee in         MCB 5114 Microbial Diversity       (3)
consultation with the Graduate program director (i.e., CCJ, GLY,    BSC 5606 Biological Systematics    (3)
PHY, PSY). At least fifteen credits of additional graduate-level    BSC 5459 Bioinformatics            (3)
courses, workshops and laboratories (excluding research and         BOT 5852 Medical Botany            (3)
seminar) from participating departments approved by the thesis      BOT 5727 Plant Genetics            (3)
committee in consultation with the Graduate Program Director. A     PCB 5616 Applied Phylogenetics     (3)
report option is available for students with at least one year of   STA 5207 Experimental Design       (3)
forensic science lab work experience. Students approved for this    STA 5507 Nonparametric Methods     (3)
option can replace “Thesis” with „Independent Study in Forensic
Science (CHS 6905)” and the two additional required courses
                                                                    Labs and Workshops:
“Analytical Toxicology (CHS 5539)” and “Advanced Quality
                                                                    BSC 6925 Non Human DNA profiling   (1)
Control (STA 5664)”.
                                                                    BSC 6926 DNA Instrumentation       (1)
                                                                    BSC 5935 Advanced DNA Typing       (1-2)
                                                                    Research:
                                                                    BSC 6971 Master‟s Research         (6)
                                                                    BSC 7980 PhD Dissertation          (24)

				
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