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2020-2021

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

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Science: Science (John Tyler 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 or careers in the chemical analysis of forensic evidence, including areas of drug analysis, toxicology, and trace evidence analysis. Students will also be prepared for work in private analytical laboratories.
Bachelor-level job titles
  • Chemical Equipment Operator and Technician
  • Chemical Technician
  • Fire Investigator
  • Food Science Technician
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Quality Control Systems Manager
  • Secondary School Teacher
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • Chemist
  • Forensic Toxicologist
  • Medical Examiner
  • Psychiatrist
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 201 or higher
  • 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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2020-2021

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

John Tyler 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 Tyler Orientation.
  • Log into Navigate and view its features to help you on your pathway.
  • Register for SDV course.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Visit the Academic Resource Center on either campus.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester and cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Meet with VCU STEM Transitions Transfer Coordinator to discuss options and create a plan for a successful transition to VCU.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus or in your community.
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
  • Browse careers related to forensic science through the career coach.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Create LinkedIn profile.
  • Understand how you will fund your education. Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Take a career assessment through the career coach.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Use SDV 100 to create a weekly and monthly budget.
  • Develop personal and career goals and create SMART steps for 2-3 "dream jobs."
  • Create, upload and update your resume to the College Central Network.
ExperienceYear 2
  • Meet with VCU STEM Transitions Transfer Coordinator to discuss options and create a plan for a successful transition to VCU.
  • Meet with your academic advisor.
  • Use Navigate to remain on your pathway.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Visit the Academic Resource Center on either campus to get ahead.
  • Explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
  • Prepare for organic chemistry at VCU by reviewing CHM 111-112 notes and textbook.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options at VCU.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival).
  • 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.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Attend Tyler Orientation.
  • Log into Navigate and view its features to help you on your pathway.
  • Register for SDV course.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Visit the Academic Resource Center on either campus.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester and cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • 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 diversity-focused events on campus or in your community.
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Browse careers related to forensic science through the career coach.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Create LinkedIn profile.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Understand how you will fund your education. Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Take a career assessment through the career coach.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Use SDV 100 to create a weekly and monthly budget.
  • Develop personal and career goals and create SMART steps for 2-3 "dream jobs."
  • Create, upload and update your resume to the College Central Network.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Meet with VCU STEM Transitions Transfer Coordinator to discuss options and create a plan for a successful transition to VCU.
  • Meet with your academic advisor.
  • Use Navigate to remain on your pathway.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Visit the Academic Resource Center on either campus to get ahead.
  • Explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
  • Prepare for organic chemistry at VCU by reviewing CHM 111-112 notes and textbook.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options at VCU.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival).
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.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.

Course equivalent
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2020-2021

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

John Tyler Community College (Associate of Science: Science)

John Tyler Community College courses
CourseTitleEquivalent courseCreditsRequirements
SDV 100College Success SkillsUNIV 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
MTH 161Precalculus I (or MTH 263 Calculus I)MATH 1413General education
CHM 111General Chemistry ICHEM/Z 1014Major
ENG 112College Composition IIUNIV 2003General education
Foreign Language or CSTSPA 101, FRE 101, or CST 100 (students who have not completed 3 years of same language in high school should complete language for this requirement)VCU equivalent3General education
MTH 162Precalculus II (or MTH 264 Calculus II) MATH 1513Major
CHM 112General Chemistry II CHEM/Z 1024Major
Social/Behavioral ScienceSocial/Behavioral Science elective (select 1): PSY 200, SOC 200, SOC 211 (PSY 230 will be accepted if Associate degree is completed)VCU equivalent3General education
MTH 245Statistics ISTAT 2103Major
PHY 201 or PHY 241General College Physics I or University Physics I PHYS 201 or PHYS 2074Major
BIO 101General Biology I BIOL/Z 1514Major
Social/Behavioral ScienceSocial/Behavioral Science elective (select 1): PSY 200, SOC 200, SOC 211 (PSY 230 will be accepted if Associate degree is completed) VCU equivalent3General education
ENGAny 200-level ENG literature course (select 1): ENG 241, 242, 243, 244, 251, 252 ENGL3General education
PHY 202 or PHY 242General College Physics II or University Physics II PHYS 202 or PHYS 2084Major
BIO 102General Biology II BIOL/Z 1524Major
History electiveHistory elective (select 1): HIS 111, 112, 121, 122 HIST3General education
PHI 220Ethics PHIL 2013Major
Transfer electiveSelect 1: HLT 160, ART 101, ART 102, EDU 200, ITE 115, ITE 119 VCU equivalent3Elective
John Tyler credits transferred to VCU61
VCU courses
CourseTitleCreditsRequirements
Foreign language through the 102 level (if not completed at JTCC). (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
MATH 200Calculus with Analytic Geometry (if not completed at John Tyler)0 to 4Major
MATH 201Calculus with Analytic Geometry II (if not completed at John Tyler)0 to 4Major
CHEM 301 + CHEZ 301Organic Chemistry I + Laboratory5Major
CHEM 302 + CHEZ 302Organic Chemistry II + Laboratory5Major
CHEM 309 + CHEZ 309Quantitative Analysis and Laboratory5Major
CHEM 313 or CHEM 314Physical Chemistry I or Physical Chemistry I with Math Modules3Major
CHEM 409 + CHEZ 409Instrumental Analysis and Laboratory5Major
CHEZ 313Physical Chemistry Laboratory I2Major
FRSC 300Survey of Forensic Science3Major
FRSC 309Scientific Crime Scene Investigation3Major
FRSC 365Forensic Microscopy3Major
FRSC 375Forensic Evidence, Law and Criminal Procedure3Major
FRSC 400Forensic Chemistry4Major
FRSC 445Forensic Toxicology and Drugs4Major
FRSC 490Professional Practices in Forensic Science3Major
Open elective0 to 3Elective
Credits completed at VCU59
Bachelor's degree total120
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