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The Bachelor of Science, Forensic Science degree is a general forensic science degree that covers various fields within forensic science including field and laboratory applications.  These topics include areas such as, crime scene investigation, forensic DNA, forensic chemistry, trace evidence, firearms examination, questioned document, fingerprints, arson, and drug analysis. 

This degree is intended to provide students with a well-rounded, hands-on forensic science education in order to prepare students for entrance into a graduate level educational program, and/or entry-level professional careers in public and private forensic laboratories, federal, state, or local government/law enforcement, defense, homeland security and intelligence agencies. 

Unique features of this program include innovative curriculum that offers hands-on training within crime scene techniques and crime laboratory methodologies, an outdoor forensic excavation research and training facility, and courses taught by professional and distinguished faculty from various forensic agencies and laboratories.


University-wide admissions policies can be found in the Undergraduate Admissions Policies section of this catalog.

To apply for this program, please complete the George Mason University Admissions Application.


Students must fulfill all Requirements for Bachelor's Degrees, including the Mason Core.

FRSC 302 Forensic Trace Analysis and FRSC 304 Forensic Chemistry will satisfy the writing intensive requirement.

For policies governing all undergraduate programs, see AP.5 Undergraduate Policies.

Banner Code: SC-BS-FRSC

Degree Requirements

Total credits: minimum 120

Students should refer to the Admissions & Policies tab for specific policies related to this program.

Students majoring in forensic science must complete their coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.30. No more than three courses with a grade of 'D' (1.00) may be applied to the major.

Students are advised to be aware of prerequisites that may be required for each course in the curriculum.

Forensic Science Core Courses

FRSC 200Survey of Forensic Science3
FRSC 201Introduction to Criminalistics3
FRSC 302Forensic Trace Analysis 13
FRSC 303Forensic Evidence and Ethics3
FRSC 304Forensic Chemistry 13
FRSC 401Crime Scene Investigations3
FRSC 405Independent Research Methods3
or FRSC 406 Forensic Intership
FRSC 460Forensic DNA Sciences3
FRSC 499Comprehensive Examination0
CRIM 100Introduction to Criminal Justice (Mason Core)3
Total Credits27

FRSC 302 Forensic Trace Analysis and FRSC 304 Forensic Chemistry will satisfy this major's writing-intensive requirement.

Natural Science Core Courses

BIOL 213Cell Structure and Function (Mason Core)4
BIOL 214Biostatistics for Biology Majors3-4
or STAT 250 Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core)
BIOL 311General Genetics4
BIOL 430Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
CHEM 211
CHEM 213
General Chemistry I (Mason Core)
and General Chemistry Laboratory I (Mason Core)
CHEM 212
CHEM 214
General Chemistry II (Mason Core)
and General Chemistry Laboratory II (Mason Core)
CHEM 313Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 314Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 315Organic Chemistry Lab I2
CHEM 318Organic Chemistry Lab II2
MATH 113Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason Core) (Quantitative Reasoning course)4
PHYS 243College Physics (Mason Core)3
PHYS 244College Physics Lab (Mason Core)1
PHYS 245College Physics (Mason Core)3
PHYS 246College Physics Lab (Mason Core)1
Total Credits45-46

Additional Courses

Select 14 credits from the following:14
Bioinformatics and Computational Biology I
Bioinformatics and Computational Biology II
Biology of Microorganisms
Biology of Microorganisms Laboratory
Medical Microbiology
Microbial Genetics
Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Immunology Laboratory
Introduction to Molecular Genetics
Quantitative Chemical Analysis
Physical Chemistry I
Physical Chemistry II
Physical Chemistry Lab I
Physical Chemistry Lab II
Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis
Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis Laboratory
Aquatic Environmental Chemistry
Properties and Bonding of Inorganic Compounds
Bioinorganic Chemistry
General Biochemistry I
General Biochemistry II
Biochemistry Lab
Total Credits14

Mason Core and Electives

In order to meet a minimum of 120 credits, this degree requires an additional 33-34 credits, which may be applied toward any remaining Mason Core requirements, Requirements for Bachelor's Degrees, and elective courses. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with their advisors to ensure that they fulfill all requirements.

Mason Core

Note: Some Mason Core requirements may already be fulfilled by the major requirements listed above. Students are strongly encouraged to consult their advisors to ensure they fulfill all remaining Mason Core requirements.

Foundation Requirements
Written Communication6
Oral Communication3
Quantitative Reasoning3
Information Technology3-7
Core Requirements
Global Understanding3
Natural Science7
Social and Behavioral Sciences3
Western Civilization/World History3
Synthesis/Capstone Requirement 1
Total Credits40

minimum 3 credits