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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Forensic Science with a concentration in physical evidence

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Science: Life Science (Richard Bland College of William and Mary)
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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 physical evidence concentration requires an additional 31 credits in chemistry, criminal justice, forensic science and elective credits beyond the core requirements and is offered for those students who are interested in graduate study or careers in latent fingerprint examination, the analysis of impression evidence, as well as firearm and tool mark analyses. Students also will be prepared for work in private analytical laboratories.


Career opportunities
This concentration prepares students for graduate study or careers in latent print examination, the analysis of impression evidence, as well as firearm and tool mark analyses. Students will also be prepared for work in private analytical laboratories.
Bachelor-level job titles
  • Chemical Technician
  • Criminal Investigators and Special Agent
  • Fire Investigator
  • Forensic Science Technician
  • Police Identification and Records Officer
  • Police Patrol Officer
  • Secondary School Teacher
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • Attorney
  • Chief of Police
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Federal Agent
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
  • 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 physical evidence

Richard Bland College of William and Mary (Associate of Science: Life Science)

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  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
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Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Attend RBC Orientation.
  • Schedule an appointment with your Learner Mentor to discuss your degree and class plan.
  • Register for ESE 101 if you have not taken any college level classes.
  • Attend FAFSA Fridays to understand how you will fund your education. These events are available every Friday in October and February.
  • Use tutoring to get ahead.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend cultural events at RBC and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU's annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Familiarize yourself with the career services offered at RBC and VCU and explore career pathways on the VCU Career Services website.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.

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.
  • Continue learning a foreign language or make a plan for undertaking that study at VCU.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Find out about VCU REAL.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs at RBC or VCU to explore your interests.
  • Plan to complete at least two internships or 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.
  • 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 physical evidence

Richard Bland College of William and Mary (Associate of Science: Life Science)

Richard Bland College of William and Mary courses
CourseTitleEquivalent courseCreditsRequirements
ENGL 101Rhetoric and Research I Note: students with credit for AP English Language and Composition will only receive credit for UNIV 111 at VCU and should take ENGL 102 to fulfill the VCU composition requirement.UNIV 111-1123General education
ENGL 102Rhetoric and Research IIUNIV 2003General education
PHIL 203Intro to Ethics PHIL 2013Major
Fine ArtsCore course in The Language and History of the Fine Arts (select 1): ART 201, 202, 231, MUS 103, 123, THEA 201.VCU equivalent3General education
Human ExperienceSOC 201 General Sociology (or PSY 201-202 but both courses must be taken to receive credit for PSYC 101)VCU equivalent3General education
U.S. & World CulturesCore courses in U.S. and World Cultures (select 1): GEO 103, GOVT 201, 202, HIST 101, 102, 201, 202VCU equivalent3General education
MATH 251Calculus IMATH 2004Major
MATH 217StatisticsSTAT 2103Major
BIOL 151 + LabBiological Science I + LabBIOL/Z 1514Major
BIOL 152 + LabBiological Science II + LabBIOL/Z 1524Major
CHEM 101 + LabGeneral Chemistry I + Lab CHEM/Z 1014Major
CHEM 102 + LabGeneral Chemistry II + Lab CHEM/Z 1024Major
CHEM 230Organic Chemistry ICHEM/Z 3014Major
CHEM 231Organic Chemistry IICHEM/Z 3024Major
CSCIComputer proficiency test or CSCI 121 or 202VCU equivalent0 to 3Elective
ElectivesNo more than 2 credits of PE may be chosenVCU equivalent8 to 11Elective
Richard Bland credits transferred to VCU60
VCU courses
CourseTitleCreditsRequirements
Foreign language through the 102 level (by course or placement). (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
CHEM 309 + CHEZ 309Quantitative Analysis and Laboratory5Major
CHEM 320Inorganic Chemistry 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 410Forensic Pattern Evidence3Major
FRSC 412Forensic Analysis of Firearms and Toolmarks3Major
FRSC 490Professional Practices in Forensic Science3Major
FRSC 566Advanced Crime Scene Investigation3Major
Concentration electives: select 4 credits of 300- to 500-level courses from BIOL/BIOZ, CHEM/CHEZ, or FRSC/FRSZ (see VCU advisor for course options4Major
Open electives5 to 13Elective
Credits completed at VCU60
Bachelor's degree total120
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