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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Forensic Science with a concentration in forensic biology

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Science: Science (Reynolds Community College)
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Program description

The Department of Forensic Science offers programs leading to bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The Bachelor of Science is for students who plan a career or graduate study in the forensic sciences. The forensic science program provides students with fundamental learning in forensic laboratory analyses and crime scene investigation, with academic emphasis in biology, chemistry and criminal justice. The program offers three concentrations: forensic biology, forensic chemistry and physical evidence. Students will select one of the three concentrations prior to the second semester of their sophomore year. The B.S. in Forensic Science supplies students with the necessary skills for professional careers in forensic laboratories, public and private, basic research laboratories, clinical laboratories, and/or to pursue graduate studies. Students also will be prepared to pursue advanced degrees in the physical sciences, biological sciences, forensic science, law, allied health and medicine, to name a few. The forensic biology concentration requires an additional 33 credits in biology, forensic science and elective credits beyond the core requirements and is well-suited for students interested in graduate study or careers in the forensic biology section of forensic laboratories. Students also will be prepared for work in molecular biology laboratories in both the public and private sectors. Students completing the forensic biology concentration will be eligible for a minor in chemistry. Additionally, students who complete BIOL 317 or BIOL 318 will be eligible for a minor in biology.

Career opportunities

Students will be prepared for graduate study including medical school, or careers in the forensic biology section of forensic laboratories. Students will also be prepared for work in molecular biology laboratories in both the public and private sectors.

Bachelor-level job titles
  • Biological Technician
  • Environmental Science and Protection Technician
  • Food Science Technician
  • Forensic Science Technician
  • Histotechnologist and Histologic Technician
  • Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technician
  • Molecular and Cellular Biologists
  • Secondary School Teacher
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • Attorney
  • Forensic Odontologist
  • Medical Examiner
  • Psychologist
Contact information

 

VCU Transfer Center

Telephone: (804) 827-1349

Email: transferinfo@vcu.edu

If you would like to meet with a Transfer Center advisor,please fill out our online advising request form.

Please sign-up for this Transfer Map by completing the Letter of Interest.

Guaranteed transfer admission requirements

Completion of associate degree
Minimum GPA of 2.5
All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better

Degree requirements in Bulletin
Plan of study in Bulletin
Highest level of math required
  • MATH 200 and STAT 314
Science required
  • 5+ additional science courses
Foreign language requirements
  • Yes
Additional tuition/fees
  • Yes
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 2.0

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Bachelor of Science: Forensic Science with a concentration in forensic biology

Reynolds Community College (Associate of Science: Science)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNINGGET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITYBUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCEGET REAL EXPERIENCEPREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
ExploreYear 1
  • Attend Reynolds Orientation (SOAR).
  • Register for SDV 101.
  • Use Navigate to schedule an appointment with your advisor.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Start your math sequence and pass ENG 111-112.
  • Explore the three different forensic science concentrations of the B.S. in Forensic Science.
  • Meet with VCU STEM Transitions Transfer Coordinator to discuss options and create a plan for a successful transition to VCU.
  • Attend cultural events at community college and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
  • Browse careers related to forensic science through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
  • Take a career assessment through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on VCU Career Services’ Website.
ExperienceYear 2
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or Forensic Science Department-related events.
  • Find out about VCU REAL.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs at community college or VCU to explore your interests.
  • Plan to complete at least two internships (job experiences) before your senior year of college.
  • Create a draft resume and bring it to career services advisor or workshop for review.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Attend Reynolds Orientation (SOAR).
  • Register for SDV 101.
  • Use Navigate to schedule an appointment with your advisor.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Start your math sequence and pass ENG 111-112.
  • Explore the three different forensic science concentrations of the B.S. in Forensic Science.
  • Meet with VCU STEM Transitions Transfer Coordinator to discuss options and create a plan for a successful transition to VCU.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend cultural events at community college and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Browse careers related to forensic science through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Take a career assessment through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on VCU Career Services’ Website.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or Forensic Science Department-related events.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Find out about VCU REAL.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs at community college or VCU to explore your interests.
  • Plan to complete at least two internships (job experiences) before your senior year of college.
  • Create a draft resume and bring it to career services advisor or workshop for review.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.

Course equivalent
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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Forensic Science with a concentration in forensic biology

Reynolds Community College (Associate of Science: Science)

Reynolds Community College courses
CourseTitleEquivalent courseCreditsRequirements
SDV 101Orientation to STEM DisciplinesUNIV 1011Elective
ENG 111College Composition I Note: students with credit for AP English Language and Composition will only receive credit for UNIV 111 at VCU and should take ENG 112 to fulfill the VCU composition requirement.UNIV 111-1123General education
Laboratory Science ICHM 111 General Chemistry ICHEM/Z 1014Major
MTH 167Precalculus with Trigonometry (or MTH 161-162 Precalculus I-II)MATH 1515General education
CSC 155Computer Concepts and ApplicationsINFO 160, 161, 1623Elective
ENG 112College Composition IIUNIV 2003General education
Laboratory Science IICHM 112 General Chemistry IICHEM/Z 1024Major
MTH 245Statistics ISTAT 2103Major
Social/Behavioral ScienceSelect 1: PSY 200, 230, SOC 200, 210, PLS 211VCU equivalent3General education
HLT/PEDPersonal Wellness ElectiveVCU equivalent1Elective
History ElectiveSelect 1: HIS 101 or HIS 121HIST3General education
Laboratory Science IIIBIO 101 General Biology IBIOL/Z 1514Major
Laboratory Science ElectiveCHM 241 + 245 Organic Chemistry and LaboratoryCHEM/Z 3015Major
History ElectiveSelect 1: HIS 102 or HIS 122HIST3General education
Humanities/Fine ArtsPHI 220 EthicsPHIL 2013Major
Humanities/Literature200-level ENG literature course (select 1): ENG 241, 242, 243, 244, 251, 252, 253, 254ENGL3General education
Laboratory Science IVBIO 102 General Biology IIBIOL/Z 1524Major
Laboratory Science ElectiveCHM 242 + 246 Organic Chemistry II and laboratoryCHEM/Z 3025Major
Approved ElectiveMTH 263 Calculus IMATH 2004Major
Reynolds credits transferred to VCU64
VCU courses
CourseTitleCreditsRequirements
Foreign language through the 102 level. (This requirement can be fulfilled by means of completion of the 102-level of a language or waived if the student completed up through the third level of a foreign language in high school. Additionally, language waiver and placement testing options are available for native or heritage speakers of a non-english language.)0 to 8General education
PHYSSelect either PHYS 201 or PHYS 2074 to 5Major
PHYSSelect either PHYS 202 or PHYS 2084 to 5Major
BIOL 300Cellular and Molecular Biology3Major
BIOL 310Genetics3Major
BIOZ 476Molecular Capstone Laboratory2Major
CHEM 403Biochemistry I3Major
FRSC 300Survey of Forensic Science3Major
FRSC 309Scientific Crime Scene Investigation3Major
FRSC 365Forensic Microscopy3Major
FRSC 375Forensic Evidence, Law and Criminal Procedure3Major
FRSC 385Forensic Serology3Major
FRSC 438Forensic Molecular Biology3Major
FRSZ 438Forensic Molecular Biology Laboratory2Major
FRSC 490Professional Practices in Forensic Science3Major
Concentration electives: select 5 credits of 300- to 500-level courses from BIOL/BIOZ, CHEM/CHEZ, or FRSC/FRSZ (see VCU advisor for course options5Major
Open electives0 to 7Elective
Credits completed at VCU56
Bachelor's degree total120
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