2019-2020 University Catalog 
    Feb 01, 2023  
2019-2020 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Forensic Science, B.S.

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  • Ashley Bartelson, Ph.D.
  • John Cramer, Ph.D.
  • Demetra Czegan, Ph.D.
  • Barbara Flowers, B.S.
  • Diana Hoover, Ph.D.
  • Sarah Livsey, Ph.D.
  • Diane Miller, Ph.D.
  • Jonathan Moerdyk, Ph.D.
  • Susan Yochum, SC , Ph.D.

The forensic science major provides students with the quality training in biology, chemistry, criminalistics, physics, mathematics, and criminal justice required for entry-level placement in a crime laboratory or related laboratory. Forensic or crime laboratories deal with the examination and analysis of physical evidence associated with crime scenes, victims, and suspects. Laboratory work has a major emphasis in the program of study.

Learning Objectives: Forensic Science

  1. Collect and preserve simulated evidence using proper protocols.
  2. Analyze simulated evidence using proper protocols.
  3. Maintain proper chain of custody through collection and analysis of simulated evidence.
  4. Prepare and maintain a neat, organized and detailed lab notebook.
  5. Demonstrate stewardship with respect to other students, instrumentation, equipment, and the environment.
  6. Formulate appropriate conclusions based on analysis of available evidence.
  7. Write scientific reports to convey information such as theory, data, results, and conclusions in discipline specific styles.
  8. Articulate the necessity for honesty and integrity in scientific work.
  9. Explain laboratory analyses through an oral mock trial.
  10. Analyze, interpret, and critique primary scientific literature.
  11. Categorize differences between the duties of various forensic science disciplines.
  12. Explain the role of forensic science in the criminal justice system.
  13. Summarize how evidence is presented in the criminal court system.

All candidates for the Bachelor of Science in forensic science must complete the Liberal Arts Curriculum requirements, the capstone assessment requirement, and the required courses for the major.

The capstone assessment includes the forensic science showcase portfolio and a reflection paper. The reflection paper will address how the student has developed as a forensic scientist during her/his educational experience at Seton Hill University and include a discussion of the integration of the University and forensic science learning objectives.

A minimum of 120 credits is required.

Forensic Science Curriculum

Bachelor of Science

1 credits from:

Total credits: 79

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