The core curriculum is required of all forensic science students to provide broad-based education and experience.  The core curriculum includes:

Course # Core Course Credit Hours
FSC 604 Genetics & DNA Technology
A comprehensive lecture series that covers the genetics and biochemistry of DNA to include the analysis, ethical considerations and quality assurance techniques used to analyze DNA for identification purposes.  This course serves as a core course in the forensic science curriculum.
3
FSC 606 Crime Scene & Death Investigation
Establishes foundations and techniques for proper crime scene investigation with or without a victim’s body.  Logical approach for collecting evidence and documenting scene and collection process.
2
FSC 612 Forensic Microscopy & Trace Analysis
Introduction to various types of microscopy used in forensics, including scanning electron, light, fluorescence and polarizing microscopy.
2
FSC 618 Forensic Comparative Science
Introduction to comparative methods used by forensic scientists for analysis of fingerprints, questioned documents, and firearms.
2
FSC 622 Forensic Analytical Chemistry
Analytical chemistry instrumentation and methods used by forensic scientists for analysis of drugs, toxicology, arson, explosives, and trace evidence, and sample collection and processing.
3
FSC 623 Forensic Analytical Chemistry Lab
Laboratory practicum will develop skill set needed in the forensic analysis of physical evidence using standard methods and modern analytical instrumentation.
1
FSC 624 Biochemistry
This comprehensive course in biochemistry focuses on concepts appropriate to forensic science and designed to meet forensic science educational standards at a national level.
4
FSC 630 Forensic Internship
A 10 week internship in a crime lab or other forensic science related research laboratory. Application of principles and techniques learned during the first year of program. (PR: Completion of two semesters in Forensic Science Program).
5
FSC 632 Foundation & Fundamentals of Digital Evidence
The course provides fundamental information to lay the foundation for the Digital Forensics Area of Emphasis.  A range of topics includes laws and regulations relating to stored digital data, quality assurance and ethics in a digital laboratory, basic terminology, computer hardware and various storage media, software, including operating and file systems, and basic concepts of computer security.  The course is taught primarily in a lecture format.  Class discussions and participation in practical exercises supplement lectures.
3
FSC 665 Legal Issues in Forensic Science
Covers the American legal system with specific emphasis on expert witnessing by forensic scientists. Mock trials provide experience in the courtroom.
3
FSC 680 Forensic Science Seminar:  Term 1
Faculty, student, and guest speaker presentations on topics pertinent to forensic science.
1
FSC 680 Forensic Science Seminar:  Term 2
Faculty, student, and guest speaker presentations on topics pertinent to forensic science.
1
FSC 680 Forensic Science Seminar:  Term 4
Faculty, student, and guest speaker presentations on topics pertinent to forensic science.
1
FSC 680 Forensic Science Seminar:  Term 5
Faculty, student, and guest speaker presentations on topics pertinent to forensic science.
1
FSC 619 Forensic Statistics Basic theory of probability and statistics, odds from Bayes’ theorem for transfere evidence, likelihood ratio, population and statistical genetics, statistical issues in paternity testing and mixtures, and presenting evidence. 3
N/A Elective (Waived if more than one area of emphasis is completed) 3
TOTAL 38