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.  The courses with one * are required for the Forensic Chemistry option and the courses with two ** are required for the Forensic Biology/DNA option.  Courses without an * are required for all Forensic Science majors.

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 with lab (four credit hours)
  • BIOL 366. 366L or Chemistry (CHEM) 361. Biochemistry with lab (five credit hours)
  • 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 (three credit hours)
  • FRSC (Forensic Science) 350/350L.  Pattern Evidence I and lab (four credit hours)
  • FRSC 360, 360L.*  Drug Chemistry I with lab (four credit hours)
  • FRSC 361/361L.*   Forensic Toxicology with lab (four credit hours)
  • FRSC 370/370L.**  Forensic Biology with lab ((four credit hours)
  • FRSC 371.**  Forensic Molecular Biology with lab (five credit hours)
  • PHYS 111, 131, 112, 132. College Physics I and II with labs (eight credit hours)

Forensic Science and Criminal Justice Courses (12 credit hours)

  • Criminal Justice (CJC) 101.  The Criminal Justice System (three credit hours)
  • FRSC 340.  Introduction to Forensic Science (three credit hours)
  • FRSC 341.  Forensic Science Ethics and Professional Practice (three credit hours)
  • FRSC 342.  Expert Witness Testimony and Court Room Demeanor (three credit hours)

Ancillary Courses (10 credit hours)

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

  • Mathematics (MATH) 131, 132. Calculus (six credit hours)
  • BIOL 335. Introduction to Biostatistics (four credit hours)

Electives (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 242. Introduction to Human Anatomy (four credit hours)
  • BIOL 243. Human Anatomy II (four credit hours)
  • BIOL 364. Medical and Veterinary Entomology (four credit hours)
  • BIOL 389. Introduction to Pharmacology (three credit hours)
  • FRSC 390.  Experience Internship includes Engaged Learning Credit (three to four credit hours) [Capstone course]
  • FRSC 392.  Forensic Science Seminar (one credit hour)
  • FRSC 394.  Forensic Science Research (one to four credit hours)
  • FRSC 395.  Special Topics in Forensic Science (three to four credit hours)

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.