2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jul 04, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Forensic Science, B.S.

STEM Designation: This program is STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)-designated by the Department of Homeland Security. For more information, please see https://www.newhaven.edu/admissions/stem-designated-programs.php

The bachelor of science in forensic science is offered with a choice of two emphasis areas, chemistry or biology, to allow the student to major in forensic science and specialize in an area of interest.


1. Students will be able to apply basic scientific principles to address problems encountered by forensic scientists.

2. Students will demonstrate the ability to successfully carry out a wide variety of forensic laboratory examinations and understand the range and limitations of these techniques.

3. Students will demonstrate the ability to perform forensic science analysis or related research in real life situations.

4. Students will demonstrate an understanding of legal procedures, rules of evidence, ethical and professional duties and responsibilities of the forensic scientist.

University Core Curriculum

The completion of 40 credits of University Core Curriculum with the following restrictions is required:

Chemistry-emphasis students additionally complete the following:

Biology-emphasis students additionally complete the following:

Direct Entry BS in Forensic Science/MS in Chemistry

The direct entry combined BS Forensic Science/MS Chemistry degree program is available to qualified forensic science majors during the sophomore year. Five graduate-level chemistry courses are taken during the senior year that count toward the MS in Chemistry. Students graduate with a BS in Forensic Science following their fourth year and in the fifth year students complete the MS Chemistry degree by taking the remainder of the graduate-level courses.

To qualify, students must apply for admission no later than two semesters prior to the anticipated fulfillment of the BS Forensic Science degree requirements typically in the sophomore or junior year, have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 at the time of application to the accelerated program, and complete a recommendation form signed by the Forensic Science Academic Advisor and the Chemistry Program Coordinator. A minimum grade of B- is required in each of the graduate courses taken during the senior year in order for them to apply to the graduate program. Students must also have an overall GPA of 3.0 in the graduate courses in order to continue into the fifth year. It is highly recommended that interested students discuss the accelerated option with the Chemistry program as early as possible in order to plan an appropriate schedule during years three and four.