Spring Scheduling

Tips for Students:

  • How to complete time conflict form:

1. Email the instructors asking permission regarding the time conflict.
    Copy contactcas@bgsu.edu and registrar@bgsu.edu
2. Navigate to the R & R website
3. In the grey box titled "Quick Links" select "Schedule Change Form"
4. Fill in information. Have class numbers, sections, etc. on hand prior to completing form.

  • If you have a time conflict and are on a waitlist you will not be auto enrolled if a spot is opened up. The system will not enroll you if you have a time conflict.       
  • Look at notes on all courses that you desire to schedule. There are important details within notes.
  • If you are enrolled in a course but on a waitlist for the same course, you will not get auto enrolled if a spot opens up on the waitlist. The system will not allow for you to be enrolled in the same course.
  • Don’t move out of classes if you are looking for a different section. If you want to swap, notify the department. This way you are not moved out of your current section if for some reason a spot is taken as you are attempting to enroll.

Some Spring Semester Scheduling Notes:

Note- below are suggestions based on past scheduling conflicts that may or may not continue to exist.  

  • Don’t take CHEM 2010 and CHEM 3080 together
  • Examinations students cannot take CHEM 2010, CHEM 3080, and FSCI 4990 all at the same time.
  • Don’t take CHEM 2010 and CHEM 3520 together (Forensic Chemistry/ Drug Analysis Specialization Students)
  • You can take CHEM 3080 together with CHEM 3440
  • You can take CHEM 4220 with CHEM 3520 (Forensic Chemistry / Drug Analysis Specialization Students)
  • Forensic Science students prior to Fall 2022 checksheet should fullfill their CRJU 4510 requirement by taking PHIL 1020, Intro to Ethics. (Typically Fall, Spring, Summer)
  • Forensic Science students prior to Fall 2022 checksheet should fullfill their CRJU 4400 requirement by taking FSCI 4400 (Fall)
  • Forensic Drug Analysis students cannot take CHEM 3520 and BIOL 3320 together.
  • Forensic Drug Analysis students cannot take CHEM 3520 and CHEM 3440 together.
  • Forensic Drug Analysis students want to consider when they take CHEM 2010 as they cannot take the Fall CHEM 2010 because it conflicts with CHEM 4460 which is a Fall only course.
  • For Forensic Drug Analysis students CHEM 4220 has a pre-requisite of CHEM 3450 but CHEM 3460 is what BSFS majors take. Therefore email Christina with your request to enroll at cguinsl@bgsu.edu

Please read course descriptions carefully.

Find the BGSU Spring 2024 Academic Calendar Here.

Register through the Center for the Future of Forensic Science office by emailing cguinsl@bgsu.edu & include your BGSU ID and the course with section.

 Tuesdays 6-9 pm LSC 133

This course assists students in understanding the principles, probative value, and methodologies utilized by crime laboratories in the collection, examination, and comparison of evidentialy materials for latent print impressions. This course is primarily lecture based, but students will also complete hands-on practical exercises. One three-hour lecture per week. Prerequisite: CHEM 1770 and must be a forensic examinations specialization.

Mondays 6-9pm LSC 133

This course familiarizes forensic science students across all specializations with the practical issues faced by crime scene investigators and the methods used in the collection, preservation and analysis of crime scene evidence. The course will employ both lecture and hands-on learning strategies through the university crime house and forensic laboratories. Prerequisite: CHEM 1770 and forensic examinations specialization only

Lectures: Monday and Wednesday 9:30-10:20am LSC 133

Lab: Thursday 8:30-11:20am LSC 133

Dr. Worst

Theory and practice of chemical separations including gas, high performance liquid, thin layer, and supercritical fluid chromatography as well as electrophoresis and potential driven chromatography. Two lectures, one three-hour laboratory. Prerequisites: CHEM 2010, CHEM 3440, CHEM 3450, and MATH 1310. Extra Fee.

Tuesday and Thursday, 11:30am-12:45pm LSC 133, possible in LSC 326

Dr. Oechsle

This course provides students with an overview of modern DNA typing in a forensic setting and a comprehensive description of the DNA analysis techniques used in a typical forensic laboratory. This course is primarily lecture based, but students will also complete hands-on practical exercises. Two 90-minute lectures per week. Prerequisite: BIOL 4230 or FSCI 4230 AND BIOL 3500. Cannot receive credit for both BIOL 4240 and FSCI 4240. Must be a forensic DNA analysis specialization major.

Course can be scheduled 1-3 credit hours.

Introduction to research in area of forensic science. Projects chosen in consultation with adviser and may include library and laboratory work. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. May be repeated up to 6 hours total.

Students interested in conducting independent laboratory research must do so under the supervision and with the consent of a forensic science instructor and may be required to register for 1-3 hours of FSCI 4700; however, this does not count for the culminating experience course.

3 Credit Hour Online Option: In order for this class to count as a culminating experience students would need to take the course as offered below.

This course will be remote, meeting via Zoom once a week on Wednesday 11:30am-12:20pm

Description for 3 credit hour option: Forensic science is the application of science to the law.  In this course, students will review and discuss significant current research/case studies in a discipline of forensic science that interests them. Students will use that information to produce a work of scholarly writing to serve as the capstone academic experience as a Forensic Science major.  Additionally, we will explore career opportunities, resume preparation, job interviewing skills, and some general forensic topics such as quality assurance and ethics.

Forensic Biology/ Forensic DNA Analysis Specialization: Mondays 10:30am-1:20pm LSC 133, possible in LSC 326    Dr. Oechsle

Forensic Examination Specialization: Thursdays 4:00pm-6:50pm LSC 133

This course intends to develop students' abilities to properly conduct biological and/or chemical analyses as applied to the law. Students will use, troubleshoot, and maintain instrumentation; handle, analyze, and compare mock evidence samples; draw conclusions, apply statistics, and report results. The course will culminate in a moot court experience where students provide expert testimony. Prerequisite: BIOL 4240 or FSCI 4240 or FSCI 4300 or FSCI 4100.

Students receive credit for an external internship via FSCI 4890: This course provides Forensic Science majors with hands-on experience in a professional setting. Prerequisite: FSCI majors only, consent of the instructor. Graded S/U. Note: A background check may be required by the employing organization

FSCI 4890 is an external internship that students find themselves, usually at a crime laboratory although other options may be allowed at the discretion of the faculty advisor. External internships are off-campus experiential learning activities designed to provide students with opportunities to make connections between the theory and practice of forensic science study and the practical application of that study in a professional work environment. External internships offer the opportunity to observe real-life applications while gaining relevant experience and professional connections. External internships are completed under the guidance of an on-site supervisor and a BGSU instructor, who in combination with the student will create a framework for learning and reflection. The specific topics covered will be dependent upon the individual experience. Students must complete and submit the signed “Employer Internship Agreement” (below) for review and approval by the first day of the semester in which the internship is to take place. Generally, for an internship to be approved for course credit and to satisfy the requirements of a culminating experience it must meet the following requirements and a student must agree to the terms found in the BSFS Student Handbook: https://www.bgsu.edu/content/dam/BGSU/forensic-science/documents/BSFS-Student-Handbook-06272023-Acc-Check-Done.pdf

If you would like to gain credit for an external internship to count for credit in FSCI 4890 please do the following:

1. Apply for internship and move through process to obtain internship position.

2. Email Christina at cguinsl@bgsu.edu with job description, internship supervisor and contact information.

3. Information will be sent to your faculty mentor and if approved, Christina will enroll you in FSCI 4890.

4. Complete the Employer Internship Agreement prior to the first day of the semester. See BSFS Handbook.

5. Complete internship externally including the required documents that are found in the BSFS Handbook.

Lecture: Tuesday and Thursday 1:00-2:15pm

Lab: Wednesday 12:30-2:20pm

Dr. Worst, LSC 133

Forensic chemistry is the application of traditional analytical chemistry techniques and instrumental methods of analysis to the law. This course requires knowledge and experience from a broad range of subjects and will cover topics including: 1) the scope of chemistry to the law; 2) the use and limitations of chemical analyses and expert testimony; 3) chemical analyses of evidence; 4) reporting experimental results; and 5) troubleshooting and maintaining analytical instrumentation. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the MSFS program or consent of instructor.


Supervised research designed for Plan II Master's students. Enrollment in excess of six hours is acceptable to Plan II Master's degree, but no more than six hours creditable toward degree.  Minimum acceptable total for degree is three hours.

Graduate Research Meeting is mandatory Fridays 2:30pm to 3:30pm


Credit is for thesis research. Credit is for thesis research. Enrollment in excess of six hours is acceptable for Plan I Master's degree, but no more than six hours creditable toward degree. Minimum acceptable total for degree is three hours.
Thesis proposal must be submitted to the graduate director for approval prior to submission to the graduate college. Prerequisite: FSCI 6790.

Graduate Research Meeting is mandatory Fridays 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Updated: 10/25/2023 12:26PM