Friday, August 7, 2015

Angel blog challenge #3

The career I would like to go into is forensic science. When I look for schools I look for schools with 5 year master programs. I would like to achieve my master's at least before I goo into the work force so I'm looking at about 5-7 years of college depending on the school.

The first school I would like to go to is Duquesne University. They have a 5 year master program where I would get a Bachelors degree in either chemistry, or biology. and a master in forensic science. Their program has small classes, and also is very hands on. You can do various research projects while here, and they are presented at the URP symposium.

Year 1 - Fall Semester
Course #Course NameCredits
CHEM 151Atomic and Molecular Principles4
CHEM 151LIntro Chemistry Lab I1
MATH 115Calculus I4
BIOL 111Biology I4
UCOR 101Thinking & Writing Across the Curriculum3
UCOR 030Research & Information Skills1

Year 1 - Spring Semester
Course #Course NameCredits
CHEM 152Atomic and Molecular Principles II4
CHEM 152LIntro Chemistry Lab II1
MATH 116Calculus II4
BIOL 112/LBiology II/Lab4
UCOR 102Imaginary Literature & Critical Writing3
FORE 101Forensic Science & Criminal Law2

Year 2 - Fall Semester
Course #Course NameCredits
CHEM 211Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 211LOrganic Chemistry Lab I1
PHYS 201/LPhysics for Life Sciences I/Lab4
ENGL 302WScience Writing3
BIOL 212Cellular & Molecular Biology4

Year 2 - Spring Semester
Course #Course NameCredits
CHEM 212Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 212LOrganic Chemistry Lab II1
PHYS 202Physics for Life Sciences II4
CHEM 230LResearch Lab Techniques2
UCOR 132Basic Philosophical Questions3
FORE 201Philosophical Ethics of Law & Science2

Year 3 - Fall Semester
(3.0 cumulative GPA and 2.5 GPA in math & science required to enter 3rd year)
Course #Course NameCredits
CHEM 423Analytical Chemistry3
CHEM 401Biochemistry I3
CHEM 301Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences4
MATH 225Introduction to Biostatistics3
FORE 410Forensic Investigation I2
FORE 301wWrongful Convictions2
FORE 300Professional Development I0-1

Year 3 - Spring Semester
Course #Course NameCredits
CHEM 371WForensic Chemistry Lab2
CHEM 402Biochemistry II3
TAFRFaith & Reason3
BIOL 479Forensic Molecular Biology3
FORE 411Forensic Investigation II2
TASJSocial Justice Course3
FORE 320Professional Development II0-1

Year 4 - Fall Semester
Course #Course NameCredits
CHEM 514WAdvanced Forensic Chemistry Laboratory2
BIOL 530wDNA Methods/Population Genetics4
FORE 401American Legal History1
FORE 402Torts1
BIOL 568Human Genetics3
MATH 335Biostats II3
SPRG 108Service Learning in Science0-1
FORE 400wProfessional Development III1
FORE 480Independent Research1
CHEM 691*Seminar0

Year 4 - Spring Semester
Course #Course NameCredits
FORE 421Environmental Law1
FORE 510Ethics in Forensic Science & Professional Responsibilities1
TAGDGlobal Diversity3
FORE 522Quality Assurance & Lab Administration Management2
FORE 420wProfessional Development IV1
TACACreative Arts3
UCOR 141-143Theology3
CHEM 475*
or BIOL 490**
BIOLElective (250+, BS trk)**3

Year 5 - Fall Semester
Course #Course NameCredits
FORE 501Trace Evidence & Environmental3
FORE 521Forensic Serology/DNA3
FORE 535Evidence/Case Management1
FORE 540Constitutional Criminal Procedure1
FORE 541Latent Fingerprint Analysis1
FORE 550Seminar/Journal Club1
FORE 610Trace Evidence Application Lab1
FORE 620Serology/DNA Application Lab1
FORE 500Internship (research or experiential based)0

Year 5 - Spring Semester
Course #Course NameCredits
FORE 511Forensic Drug Analysis2
FORE 513Firearms & Toolmarks2
FORE 525Forensic Toxicology3
FORE 545Explosives & Arson Investigations2
FORE 555Expert Qualification1
FORE 630Chemistry/Toxicology/Arson Application Lab1
FORE 640Research Defense1

Arcadia also has a forensic program it is a two year master program. In this program classes a small, and there are many internship opportunities. The 72-credit program includes at least 38 credits of required graduate coursework, in addition to 6 to 12 semester hours of research, 6 to 12 semester hours of practicum internship, plus mandatory participation in a symposium seminar series. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or better, with at least a 3.25 in the major. It is expected that students have an undergraduate degree in the natural or physical sciences. One official transcript from each college, university or professional school attended. Transfer credits included on a transcript must include grades earned; if not, an official transcript from the original school must be submitted. Transcripts must be sent from the issuing school in a sealed envelope and contain the appropriate signatures and seals to be considered official. Completion of at least two semesters of general chemistry with laboratories, two semesters of organic chemistry with laboratories, and two semesters of general biology with laboratories. Three current letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant’s ability to study graduate level science.

Fall (14 credits)
  • FS 518 Crime Scene Investigation and Reconstruction (2 credits)
  • FS 519 Forensic Pattern Analysis (2 credits)
  • FS 570 Criminal Law and Ethics (3 credits)
  • FS 561a Forensic Science Symposium (1 credit)
  • CH 518 Instrumental Analysisin Forensic Toxicology and Chemistry (3 credits)
  • FS 540 Statistical Analysis and Biostatistics (3 credits)
  • BI 440 Biochemistry (0 graduate credits) (as needed)
Spring (16 credits)
  • FS 515 Research Methods in Forensic Science (1 credit)
  • FS 504 General Principles of Pharmacology (3 credits)
  • FS 530 Forensic Serology (3 credits)
  • FS 535 Forensic Chemistry (3 credits)
  • FS 535L Forensic Chemistry Lab (1 credit)
  • FS 532 Forensic Microscopy (3 credits)
  • FS 532L Forensic Microscopy Lab (1 credit)
  • FS 561b Forensic Science Symposium (1 credit)
  • BI 204 Genetics (0 graduate credits) (as needed)
    or CH 203 Equilibrium and Analysis (0 graduate credits) (as needed)
Summer (4 credits)
After the first year, students will be required to engage in a research project mentored by a faculty member affiliated with the University or its partners. Research may be performed on campus or at an external laboratory.
  • FS 596 Research Project in Forensic Science (4 credits) OR FS 597 Research Project in Forensic Chemistry (4 credits) OR FS 598 Research Project in Forensic Biology (4 credits)

Second Year

In the second year, students obtain additional depth of knowledge by taking specialized coursework in forensic biology, forensic toxicology, forensic chemistry and trace analysis. Students must also complete a laboratory practicum/internship and research project mentored by a faculty member affiliated with the University or its partners.
Fall (20 credits)
  • FS 525 Forensic Toxicology I (3 credits)
  • FS 525L Forensic Toxicology Lab (1 credit)
  • FS 531 Human Molecular biology (3 credits)
  • FS 531L Human Molecular Biology Lab (1 credit)
  • FS 512 Forensic Trace Analysis (3 credits)
  • FS 536 Advanced Forensic Chemistry (3 credits)
  • FS 533 Quality Management in Forensic Science (1 credit)
  • FS 562A Forensic Science Communications I (1 credit)
  • FS 596 Research Project in Forensic Science (4 credits)
    or FS 597 Research Project in Forensic Chemistry (4 credits)
    or FS 598 Research Project in Forensic Biology (4 credits)
Spring  (18 credits)
  • FS 520 Moot Court (1 credit)
  • FS 562B Forensic Science Communications II (1 credit)
One of the following:
  • FS 586 Graduate Practicum in Forensic Biology (12 credits)
  • FS 587 Graduate Practicum in Forensic Chemistry (12 credits)
  • FS 588 Graduate Practicum in Forensic Toxicology (12 credits)
  • FS 583 Graduate Internship in Forensic Science [external] (6-12 credits)
One of the following:
  • FS 596 Research Project in Forensic Science (4 credits)
  • FS 597 Research Project in Forensic Chemistry (4 credits)
  • FS 598 Research Project in Forensic Biology (4 credits)

UC Davis is my third choice, and this school is similar to Arcadia where you must receive a bachelors somewhere else then you can attend their program. This program is suitable for people with a variety of backgrounds. Requirements for admission include an undergraduate degree in the sciences, engineering or a closely related field from an accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a four-point scale. Students coming from colleges where a GPA cannot be calculated are evaluated using other aspects of their files and letters bearing on in-class performance when available. Well-qualified applicants will have undergraduate preparation (one year each) in general and organic chemistry, general physics, math through calculus, and a course in statistics.

Core Required Courses all students15 Units
FOR200 Fundamentals Concepts of Forensic Science (3)
FOR210 Personal ID and Analytical methods (3)
FOR212 Scientific Evidence (3)
FOR218 Forensic Case Reports (3)
FOR240 Homicide Crime Scene Investigation (3)
Core Track Required CoursesDNA Track (12 units)
FOR278 Molecular Techniques (3)
FOR280 Forensic DNA Analysis (3)
FOR277 Genetics/bioinformatics course (3)
FOR289 Survey of Forensic Sciences (3)
Criminalistics Track (9 units)
FOR205 Microscopy Microanalytical methods (3)
FOR207 Advanced  Spectroscopy (3)
FOR220 Analysis of Toxicants (3)
Required Laboratory CoursesDNA Track:
FOR281 Principles & Practical DNA Typing (3)
Criminalistics Track:
FOR221L Forensics Science Instrumental Lab (2)
Elective CoursesElectives Courses to fulfill 33 course units requirement
(from any of the following)
FOR215  Forensic Arson and Fire Investigation (3)
FOR221L  Instrumental Laboratory (2)
FOR263 Forensic Computer Science Investigation (3)
FOR268  Forensic Statistics (3)
FOR281  Principles and Practices of Forensic DNA Typing (2)
FOR283 Forensic Biology (3)
FOR284 Analysis of Non-Human DNA (3)
FOR293  Research Methods in Forensic Science (2)
Other Campus Elective Options
CHE115  Instrumental Analysis (4)
CHE205 Symmetry, Spectroscopy, and Structure (3)
CHEM217  X-Ray Structure Determination (3)
CHE219  Organic Spectra (4)
CHE240  Adv. Analytical Chemistry (3)
CHE241C Mass Spectrometry (3)
EME298 Impact Biomechanics and Design of Crash Protection Systems (4)
EMS182 Failure Analysis (4)
EMS230 Electron Microscopy
ETX102B Quantitative Analysis of Environmental Toxicants (5)
ENT158 Forensic Entomology (3)
FPS161 Structure and Properties of Fibers (3)
FPS161L Textile Chemical Analysis Lab (1)
MCB120L Biochemistry Lab (6)
MCB162 Human Genetics (3)
MAE161 Combustion and the Environment (4)
MAE217 Combustion (4)
MCB221C Molecular Biology (4)

Other courses as approved by the Graduate Advisor
Seminars3 units
2 - FOR290 Seminars
1 - XXX290 Seminar session (a seminar session in another group/department)
Research18 units
FOR299 Research in Forensic Science

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