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Forensic Science Academic Programs

The location of an Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) crime laboratory and investigation facility on the BGSU campus, and the partnership established between BCI and BGSU in the form of the Center for the Future of Forensic Science, enable BGSU to create and provide the precise curricula and hands-on experience today’s forensic science and criminal investigation employers expect of prospective job candidates. In fact, BCI forensic scientists were consulted in the development of the academic degree programs and helped identify the major’s Ability Based Outcomes (those abilities considered essential for graduates entering the profession).

Forensic Science Undergraduate Programs

The College of Arts and Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science with a major in Forensic Science (BSFS) degree, offering specializations in forensic biology, forensic chemistry and forensic examination (including Trace Evidence and Latent Prints). 

A student who wishes to declare the major of Forensic Science must meet the following admissions criteria:

Incoming Students

  • SAT – prior to March 2016: Combined SAT score of 1100 or higher, with at least a 550 score on the Math portion; or
  • SAT – March 2016 and forward: Combined SAT score of 1200 or higher, with at least a  550 score on the Math section; or
  • ACT – An ACT composite and math score of 25 or higher

(Students with scores falling below these ranges may be reviewed for acceptance on an individual basis.)

Current BGSU students and Transfer Students may be eligible for the program if they have:

  • Obtained a cumulative college GPA of a 3.0 or better,
  • Earned a “C” or better CHEM 1250 or CHEM 1350 and
  • Earned a “C” or better any subsequent chemistry courses including CHEM 1270, CHEM 1370, CHEM 3410 and CHEM 3440.

Students who meet these criteria should contact the Forensic Science program regarding admission.

Forensic Science Graduate Programs

The Graduate College offers a Master of Science with a major in Forensic Science degree with specializations in forensic biology, forensic chemistry and forensic investigation.

See the table and links below for more detailed information about the Forensic Science Undergraduate and Graduate Programs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Forensic Science Undergraduate Programs

Degree Specialization Link to Program Description Degree Check Sheet Contact Person 

Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science

Forensic Biology

BSFS Information

Biology

Dr. Jon Sprague

Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science

Forensic Chemistry

BSFS Information

Chemistry

Dr. Jon Sprague

Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science

Forensic Examination (Trace & Latent Prints)

BSFS Information

Forensic Examination

 

Dr. Jon Sprague

Forensic Science Graduate Programs

Degree Specialization Link to Program Description Department Contact Person 
Master of Science in Forensic Science Forensic Biology

Program facts

Biology

Dr. Jon Sprague

Master of Science in Forensic Science

Forensic Chemistry

Program facts

Chemistry

Dr. Jon Sprague

Master of Science in Forensic Science

Forensic Investigation

Program facts

Criminal Justice

Dr. Steve Lab


ADDITIONAL FORENSIC SCIENCE ACADEMIC OPPORTUNITIES AT BGSU

Students interested in forensic science related areas, but not seeking to pursue the BSFS degree, may obtain a Biology or Chemistry major with Specialization in Forensic Biology or Forensic Chemistry or a Criminal Justice major with a Forensic Investigation Specialization. For more information about forensic science specialization opportunities, consult the applicable academic discipline.