Frequently Asked Questions

How do I learn more about the BGSU Forensic Science related programs?

Undergraduate sign up visit campus on a “Forensic Friday” through admissions (designated by the looking glass icon on the calendar). During Forensic Fridays you will have the opportunity to discuss the different areas of forensic science and tour the BCI crime laboratory.

What’s the difference between the Bachelors of Science in Forensic Science Degree with specializations and the other degrees with sub forensic science specializations?

The Bachelors of Science in Forensic Science (BSFS) Degree is designed to meet the requirements of the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC).  The curriculum of the BSFS provides a basic foundation in the scientific and laboratory problem-solving skills necessary for success in a modern forensic laboratory. The program combines rigorous scientific and laboratory training with exposure to the breadth of forensic science disciplines, including forensic science practice, law enforcement, and ethics.  The other degree programs with sub forensic science specializations provide a degree in that specific discipline area (e.g. biology, chemistry, investigations) with course work required to practice in these areas of forensic science.

Are the BGSU Forensic Science programs FEPAC accredited?

Not yet, in order to be accredited, a program has to be have graduated a prescribed number of classes.  With the BGSU program being new, we are working our way toward FEPAC accreditation.  Our BSFS has been designed to be meet the FEPAC standards.

Do you have to graduate from a FEPAC accredited program to practice as a forensic scientists?

No

What are the admissions requirements for the BSFS program?

Because of the nature of the profession, many variables are taken into consideration.  We will look for high school activities, volunteer work and overall academic performance.  Admittance to the program will be based on students having an SAT score of 1200 or higher on the combined Math and Reading Sections, with at least a 550 score on the Math Portion.  For the ACT examination a composite and math score of at least 25 is desired for admittance into the Program. Any SAT or ACT score falling below will be reviewed for acceptance on an individual basis.