Master of Science
- Credit Hours: Students are required to complete a minimum of 41 graduate credit hours in Forensic and Investigative Science at the 500 and 600 level.
- Grade Point Average: Students must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and a GPA of 3.0 in coursework applied to the graduate program. A minimum grade of C- must be earned in coursework applied to their graduate program.
- Graduation Requirement: Students are required to complete a thesis. Details, requirements, and timelines are provided in the department's Graduate Student Handbook.
- Benchmarks: Ideally, the Plan of Study Form should be completed and submitted to the Coordinator of Graduate Studies before the end of the first semester. Failure to complete the Plan of Study by the end of the second semester will result in the student being placed on probation.
|Foundations of Criminalistics|
|Forensic Laboratory Management|
|Trace Evidence Examination|
|Forensic Casework Practicum|
|Advanced Forensic Biology|
|Statistical Methods 2 *|
|Forensic Chemistry Requirement||4|
|Please select one of the following lecture and lab pairs:|
|Arson and Explosives Analysis|
and Arson and Explosives Analysis Lab
|Analysis of Seized Drugs|
and Analysis of Seized Drugs Laboratory
|Analytical Forensic Toxicology|
and Analytical Forensic Toxicology Laboratory
|Graduate Seminar **|
Any FIS course at the 400 level or above
Or equivalent graduate class as approved by Graduate Studies Committee
Each attempt at FIS 696 is worth one credit hour; students must successfully complete one credit per semester over four semesters.
Major Learning Outcomes
Forensic and Investigative Science
As a result of completing the MS in Forensic and Investigative Science, students will be able to:
·Assess the value of evidence in different circumstances, describe best practices for its examination and demonstrate competency in performing a variety of different examinations of evidence
·Identify the limitations in the knowledge and capabilities of forensic science, describe creative solutions and conduct scientifically sound experiments to overcome the identified limitations
·Execute persuasive communications, in written and oral formats, of his/her test results and research discoveries