Loyola University Chicago

Forensic Science Program

BS in Forensic Science

Students pursuing the BS in Forensic Science degree gain:

  • A broad range of knowledge and skills in chemistry and biology
  • An understanding of the criminal justice system and rules of evidence
  • Strong writing and speaking skills
  • Technical expertise and analytic reasoning abilities

Loyola's strong reputation in the sciences, along with its successful track record in preparing students for the health professions, enables forensic science graduates to begin highly successful careers in this dynamic field.

The Program is fully accredited by The Forensic Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC), one of less than twenty BS Programs in the US.

This major combines coursework from anthropology, biology, chemistry, criminal justice, mathematics and physics.

Degree Requirements

The forensic science major requires 88 credit hours of coursework.

Laboratory Science Courses (minimum of 62 credit hours)

  • Anthropology (ANTH) 326. Human Osteology (four credit hours)
  • Biology (BIOL) 101, 111, 102, 112. General Biology I and II with labs (eight credit hours)
  • BIOL 282, 283. Genetics (five credit hours)
  • BIOL 366. or Chemistry (CHEM) 361. Biochemistry (three credit hours)
  • BIOL 366L. Biochemistry Lab (two credit hours) or CHEM 362. Biochemistry Lab (two credit hours)
  • BIOL 391. Forensic Molecular Biology with Lab (five credit hours) [Capstone course]
  • Chemistry (CHEM) 101, 111, 102, 112. General Chemistry I and II with labs (eight credit hours)
  • CHEM 212/214. Quantitative Analysis with lab (four credit hours)
  • CHEM 223, 225, 224, 226. Organic Chemistry with labs(eight credit hours)
  • CHEM 305. Physical Biochemistry for the Biological Sciences (three credit hours)
  • CHEM 310, 311. Instrumental Analysis with lab (four credit hours)
  • Physics (PHYS) 111, 131, 112, 132. College Physics I and II with labs (eight credit hours)

Criminal Justice Courses (13 credit hours)

  • Criminal Justice (CRMJ) 101. The Criminal Justice System (three credit hours)
  • FRSC (Forensic Science) 380. Introduction to Forensic Science (three credit hours)
  • CRMJ or FRSC 381. Forensic Science Ethics and Professional Practice (three credit hours)
  • FRSC 382/382L: Introduction to Pattern Evidence and lab (four credit hours) [Capstone course]

Ancillary Courses (13 credit hours)

Students in this program are required to include the following classes in their curriculum:

  • Communication (CMUN) 101. Public Speaking and Critical Thinking (three credit hours)
  • Mathematics (MATH) 131, 132. Calculus (six credit hours)
  • BIOL 335. Introduction to Biostatistics (four credit hours)

Electives (3–4 credit hours)

Students in this program are encouraged to select elective courses from the following list:

  • ANTH 324. Human Evolution (three credit hours)
  • ANTH/BIOL 359. Paleopathology (three credit hours)
  • BIOL 342. Introduction to Human Anatomy (four credit hours)
  • BIOL 364. Medical and Veterinary Entomology (four credit hours)
  • CHEM 395: Introduction to Forensic Toxicology (three credit hours)
  • CHEM 395: Introduction to Drug Chemistry and lab (four credit hours)
  • CRMJ 390. Field Practicum (four credit hours) [Capstone course]

In addition to fulfilling major requirements to earn an undergraduate degree, students are required to complete Loyola's Core Curriculum, which teaches them important skills and values. Students also develop their own interests by taking general electives.