The Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science 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 with 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.
For policies governing all undergraduate programs, see AP.5 Undergraduate Policies.
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 200||Survey of Forensic Science||3|
|FRSC 201||Introduction to Criminalistics||3|
|FRSC 302||Forensic Trace Analysis 1||3|
|FRSC 303||Forensic Evidence and Ethics||3|
|FRSC 304||Forensic Chemistry 1||3|
|FRSC 401||Crime Scene Investigations||3|
|FRSC 405||Independent Research Methods||3|
|or FRSC 406||Forensic Internship|
|FRSC 460||Forensic Molecular Biology||3|
|FRSC 499||Comprehensive Examination||0|
|CRIM 100||Introduction to Criminal Justice (Mason Core)||3|
Natural Science Core Courses
|BIOL 213||Cell Structure and Function (Mason Core)||4|
|BIOL 214||Biostatistics for Biology Majors||3-4|
|or STAT 250||Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core)|
|BIOL 311||General Genetics||4|
|BIOL 430||Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology I||4|
& CHEM 213
|General Chemistry I (Mason Core)|
and General Chemistry Laboratory I (Mason Core)
& CHEM 214
|General Chemistry II (Mason Core)|
and General Chemistry Laboratory II (Mason Core)
|CHEM 313||Organic Chemistry I||3|
|CHEM 314||Organic Chemistry II||3|
|CHEM 315||Organic Chemistry Lab I||2|
|CHEM 318||Organic Chemistry Lab II||2|
|MATH 113||Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason Core) (Quantitative Reasoning course)||4|
|PHYS 243||College Physics I (Mason Core)||3|
|PHYS 244||College Physics Lab (Mason Core)||1|
|PHYS 245||College Physics II (Mason Core)||3|
|PHYS 246||College Physics Lab (Mason Core)||1|
|Select 14 credits from the following:||14|
|Bioinformatics and Computational Biology I|
|Bioinformatics and Computational Biology II|
|Biology of Microorganisms|
|Biology of Microorganisms Laboratory|
|Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology II|
|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|
|General Biochemistry I|
|General Biochemistry II|
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.
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.
|Written Communication (ENGH 101)||3|
|Information Technology and Computing||3|
|Social and Behavioral Sciences||3|
|Western Civilization/World History||3|
|Written Communications (ENGH 302)||3|
Most programs include the writing-intensive course designated for the major as part of the major requirements; this course is therefore not counted towards the total required for Mason Core.
Minimum 3 credits required.