General Education Foundations

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete WVU General Education Foundations requirements, College B.S. requirements, major requirements, and electives to total a minimum of 120 hours. For complete details on these requirements, visit the B.S. Degrees tab on the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences pages.

Departmental Requirements for the B.S. in Forensic and Investigative Science

  • Capstone Requirement: The university requires the successful completion of a Capstone course.  FIS major must complete FIS 406.

  • Writing and Communication Skills Requirement: The Forensic and Investigative Science Bachelor of Science is a SpeakWrite Certified ProgramTM. SpeakWrite Certified programs incorporate and develop students’ written, verbal, visual, and mediated communication skills across the curriculum.

  • Calculation of the GPA in the Major: To graduate with the Forensic and Investigative Science major, students must achieve a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 in all FIS courses with no grade lower than a C- in any FIS course. If a course is repeated, all attempts will be included in the calculation of the GPA unless the course is eligible for a D/F repeat.

  • Area of Emphasis: Students must earn a grade of C- or better in each course applied to their area of emphasis. The three areas of emphasis are: Forensic Biology, Forensic Chemistry, and Forensic Examiner.

  • Internship Requirement: All students are required to successfully complete an internship for 6 hours of credit.

  • Benchmark Expectations: For details, go to the Forensic and Investigative Science admissions tab.

Curriculum Requirements

UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS16
First-Year Seminar
GEF: Number of credits will vary depending on overlap
COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS *4
Global Studies & Diversity Requirement
Mathematics Requirements
Select 1 of the following:
Calculus 1a with Precalculus
and Calculus 1b with Precalculus
Calculus 1
Science Requirement
Please see the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences' Bachelor of Science (B.S.) tab.
DEPARTMENTAL REQUIREMENTS
General Requirement3
Effective Public Speaking
Biology Requirement8
Principles of Biology
Introductory Physiology
Chemistry Requirement16
Fundamentals of Chemistry
and Fundamentals of Chemistry
Principles of Chemistry
and Principles of Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Mathematics and Statistics Requirement6
Select one of the following pairs:
Calculus 2
and Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Elementary Statistical Inference
and Intermediate Statistical Methods
Physics Requirement8
Select one of the following pairs:
Introductory Physics
and Introductory Physics
General Physics
and General Physics
Forensic Investigation Science Requirement21
Introduction to Forensic Identification
Crime Scene Investigation 1
Crime Scene Investigation 1 Laboratory (Crime Scene Investigation Laboratory)
Introduction to Microscopy
Forensic Identification Internship
Law and Evidence
Forensic Quality Assurance
Area of Emphasis35
Number of credits depends on area of emphasis, please see below
Capstone Experience3
Court Testimony
General Electives
Number of elective may vary depending on overlap and area of emphasis
Total Hours120

AREAS OF EMPHASIS

All students must complete an area of emphasis in order to graduate from the Forensic and Investigative Science Major.

  • Forensic Biology: The forensic biology area of emphasis is intended for students interested in  DNA analysis or serology, or as a preparation for professional training in pathology.

  • Forensic Examiner: The forensic examiner area of emphasis is intended for students interested in crime scene investigation and analysis, latent fingerprint examination, forensic photography, physical evidence analysis, and law enforcement agency work.

Forensic Biology Area of Emphasis REquirements

Biology/Biochemistry Requirement18
Introductory Biochemistry
The Living Cell
Advanced Cellular/Molecular Biology
Molecular Genetics
and Molecular Genetics Laboratory
Forensic Biology
and Forensic Biology Laboratory
Area of Emphasis Electives 17
Select 17 credits in the following list; 6 credits must be in FIS. Only 3 combined credits of FIS 491, 492, 495, and 497 may count toward this requirement.
Cell and Molecular Biology Methods
Introduction to Recombinant DNA
Epigenetics
Genomics
Bioinformatics
Comparative Anatomy
Vertebrate Microanatomy
Population and Quantitative Genetics
Introductory Analytical Chemistry
Instrumental Analysis
Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
Methods of Structure Determination
Physical Chemistry: Brief Course
Experimental Physical Chemistry
Physical Chemistry
Physical Chemistry Laboratory
Physical Chemistry
Physical Chemistry Laboratory
Forensic Chemistry
Biochemistry 2
Forensic Chemistry Lab
Biochemistry 2 Laboratory
Science/Technology of Fingerprint Identification
Biological Evidence for Forensic Examiners
Forensic Photography
FIS 393
Special Topics
Professional Forensic Communication
Crime Scene Investigation 2
Latent Fingerprint
Blood Stain Pattern Analysis
Advanced Forensic Photography
Computational Forensics
Professional Ethics in Forensic Science
Professional Field Experience
Directed Study
Special Topics
Independent Study
Research
Medical Terminology
Basic Medical Laboratory Science
Introduction to Pathology
Drugs and Behavior
Forensic Psychology
Forensic Statistics
Total Hours35

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours 
FIS 1911ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3 
BIOL 115 (B.S. First Area 1; GEF 2)4BIOL 117 (GEF 8; B.S. First Area 2)4 
CHEM 115 (GEF 8; B.S. Second Area 1)4CHEM 116 (GEF 8; B.S. Second Area 2)4 
FIS 2013Math and Stat Requirement Course 13 
MATH 155 (B.S. Math Requirement, GEF 3)4  
 16 14
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours 
CHEM 233
CHEM 235
4ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3 
CSAD 270 (GEF 4)3CHEM 234
CHEM 236
4 
PHYS 101 (B.S. Third Area 1)4FIS 302
FIS 303
4 
Math and Stat Requirement Course 23PHYS 102 (B.S. Third Area 2)4 
 14 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
BIOL 2194GEF 53FIS 3866
FIS 4043BIOL 324
BIOL 325
4 
FIS 4802BIOL 432
BIOL 434
4 
Area of Emphasis FIS Upper-Div. Course 13Area of Emphasis FIS Upper-Div. Course 23 
 12 14 6
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours 
GEF 63ECAS Global Studies & Diversity Requirement (GEF 7)3 
BIOL 3103AGBI 4103 
FIS 3143Area of Emphasis Elective 24 
FIS 406 (Capstone)3Area of Emphasis Elective 34 
Area of Emphasis Elective 13  
 15 14
Total credit hours: 120

Forensic Examiner area of emphasis requirements

Forensic Investigative Science Requirement9
Science/Technology of Fingerprint Identification
Forensic Photography
Crime Scene Investigation 2
Advanced Science Requirement8
Complete 8 credits, with at least one credit of laboratory.
Introductory Biochemistry
Introductory Biochemistry Laboratory
Introduction to Biochemistry Wet Laboratory
The Living Cell
Advanced Cellular/Molecular Biology
Advanced Cellular/Molecular Biology-Laboratory
Molecular Genetics
Molecular Genetics Laboratory
Introductory Analytical Chemistry
Physical Chemistry: Brief Course
Experimental Physical Chemistry
Physical Chemistry
Physical Chemistry Laboratory
Physical Chemistry
Physical Chemistry Laboratory
Area of Emphasis Elective:18
Select 18 credits from the following list; a minimum of 12 credits must be from FIS 300 or 400-level courses. No more than 3 combined credits of FIS 491, 492, 495, or 497 can count towards this requirement.
Cell and Molecular Biology Methods
Introduction to Recombinant DNA
Epigenetics
Genomics
Bioinformatics
Forensic Biology
Forensic Biology Laboratory
General Animal Physiology
Comparative Anatomy
Vertebrate Microanatomy
Population and Quantitative Genetics
Instrumental Analysis
Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
Methods of Structure Determination
Organic Syntheses
Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry
Inorganic Synthesis Laboratory
Forensic Chemistry
Biochemistry 2
Forensic Chemistry Lab
Biochemistry 2 Laboratory
Biological Evidence for Forensic Examiners
FIS 393
Special Topics
Professional Forensic Communication
Latent Fingerprint
Blood Stain Pattern Analysis
Advanced Forensic Photography
Computational Forensics
Professional Ethics in Forensic Science
Professional Field Experience
Directed Study
Special Topics (Each course A-Z counted independently)
Independent Study
Research
Medical Terminology
Basic Medical Laboratory Science
Introduction to Pathology
Drugs and Behavior
Forensic Psychology
Total Hours35

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours 
FIS 1911ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3 
BIOL 115 (GEF 2; B.S. First Area 1)4BIOL 117 (GEF 8; B.S. First Area 2)4 
CHEM 115 (GEF 8; B.S. Second Area 1)4CHEM 116 (GEF 8, B.S. Second Area 2)4 
FIS 2013MATH and STAT Requirement Course 13 
MATH 155 (GEF 3, B.S. Math Requirement)4  
 16 14
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours 
CHEM 233
CHEM 235
4ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3 
CSAD 270 (GEF 4)3CHEM 234
CHEM 236
4 
MATH and STAT Requirement Course 23PHYS 102 (B.S. Third Area 2)4 
PHYS 101 (B.S. Third Area 1)4Adv Science Elective 14 
 14 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
GEF 53FIS 302
FIS 303
4FIS 3866
FIS 3013FIS 3143 
FIS 3353Area of Emphasis FIS Upper-Div. Course 23 
Advanced Science Elective 24Area of Emphasis FIS Upper-Div. Course 33 
Area of Emphasis FIS Upper-Div. Course 13  
 16 13 6
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours 
GEF 63ECAS Global Studies & Diversity Requirement (GEF 7)3 
FIS 4023FIS 406 (Capstone)3 
FIS 4043Area of Emphasis Elective 13 
FIS 4802Area of Emphasis Elective 23 
Area of Emphasis FIS Upper-Div. Course 43  
 14 12
Total credit hours: 120