- Credit Hours: Graduate students in the Ph.D. program must successfully complete a minimum of 71 credit hours. Each student may apply a maximum of 31 credit hours of research toward the 71-hour requirement; the remaining 40 credit hours must be earned in graduate-level courses in Forensic Science.
- Grade Point Average: Students must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in courses applied to the degree.
- Program of Study: The program also includes an oral qualifying examination, a dissertation proposal presentation, and an oral defense of the dissertation.
Oral Qualifying Examination: Doctoral students must pass a comprehensive oral examination in the field of criminalistics to demonstrate their competency in the discipline and successfully defend the topic of their dissertation research.
Dissertation: Students are required to complete a dissertation. Additional information, expectations, requirements, and timeline information is found in the Department's Graduate Student Handbook.
Benchmarks: For details, go to the Forensics Degree Progress tab.
|Foundations of Criminalistics|
|Forensic Laboratory Management|
|Trace Evidence Examination|
|Forensic Casework Practicum|
|Advanced Forensic Biology|
|Research Design in Forensic Science|
|Statistical Methods 2 *|
|Forensic Chemistry Requirement||4|
|Select one of the following lecture and lab pairs:|
|Arson and Explosives Analysis|
and Arson and Explosives Analysis Laboratory
|Analysis of Seized Drugs|
and Analysis of Seized Drugs Laboratory
|Analytical Forensic Toxicology|
and Analytical Forensic Toxicology Laboratory
Any FIS course at the 400 or above *
Any BIOL, CHEM, or PHAR course at the 400 level or above *
|Graduate Seminar **|
Or equivalent graduate course approved by Graduate Studies Committee. Excludes Graduate Seminar (796) and Research (797).
Each attempt at FIS 796 is worth one credit hour; students must successfully complete one credit per semester over six semesters.
Major Learning Outcomes
As a result of completing the PhD in Forensic Science, students will be able to:
- Assess the value of evidence in different circumstances, propose best practices for its examination and demonstrate mastery in performing a variety of different examinations of evidence
- Identify the limitations in the knowledge and capabilities of forensic science, formulate creative solutions and design 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