Forensic Science (BS) Program Overview

Forensic scientists are critical to the judicial system. The American Academy of Forensic Sciences describes the work of the forensic expert as the search for truth. If you’re naturally curious with a passion for justice, earning a forensic science degree from our Christ-centered program could be for you.

A Forensic Science Standout

As a forensic science major, you’ll complete a rigorous program of science and criminal justice classes while polishing your communication skills through writing assignments. Numerous summer internships are available, and your forensic science advisor will help you apply for them. In the past, majors have interned with NCIS and local police departments.

“We can tailor-fit courses to students’ interests,” says Dr. Joe Saunders. We offer special topics valuable to your career, from DNA analysis to arson investigation. Whether you dream of a career in local law enforcement or on the national stage, this forensic science degree will help you achieve your goals. Ready to join the ranks of the truth-seekers? Complete the request information form and arrange to sit in on a class during your visit to campus.

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Tuition: On-Campus Tuition & Fees
Next Start: August 16, 2023 (On-Campus)
Time to Complete: 4 years

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Courses & Requirements

Bachelor's Degree (BS)
General Education (53 Credits)

General Education requirements can vary. Please reference the academic catalog for specific information 

  • Intro to the Writing Process
  • Argumentative & Analytical Writing
  • Literature
  • Biblical Perspectives
  • World Civilization I or II
  • US History I or II
  • General Chemistry I & Lab
  • General Chemistry II & Lab
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Fundamentals of Speech
  • College Algebra I
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Invitation to Inquiry
  • Personal Wellness
  • Character Formation
  • Civic & Global Response
Core Requirements (67 Credits)

  • Fundamentals of Biology & Lab
  • Anatomy & Physiology I
  • Anatomy & Physiology II
  • Genetics
  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Biochemistry & Lab
  • Senior Seminar I
  • Senior Seminar II
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Organic Chemistry II
  • Quantitative & Instrumental Analysis
  • Criminology
  • Forensic Science
  • Forensic Science Internship
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Substantive Criminal Law
  • Inferential Statistics
  • General Physics I
  • General Physics II
  • Information Technology (Choose One)
    • Program Design & Development
    • Personal Computers
Total Credits: 120

Career opportunities available to graduates of this program include:

Polygraph Examiner
Forensic Toxicologist
Forensic Accountant
Forensic Ballistics Expert
Forensic Pathologist

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Do I only apply once?

  • No. Students must apply each academic year for the fall semester and submit the necessary documents.

Do I have to take the classes specified in the Associate's Degree tracks as they are listed on the information sheet?

  • No. Students may take any of the courses that are offered in a given term.

Where do I find the textbook listing, and where do I purchase the books?

  • Log in to myBU, and under the "Student" tab, you will find a list of the textbooks required (if any) for each course. Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks.

How long is a semester?

  • Our semesters are divided into two 8-week terms.

Is there an orientation?

  • Yes. Students can attend an orientation session that explains how to access courses, how to register for classes, and answers other questions.

Where can I find a course description?

Does the student need to take the SAT or ACT in order to take Dual Enrollment classes?

  • No. If a student decides to study at BU full time, BU is currently test-optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

Are the classes live? Do students need to log in and participate at certain times?

  • Classes are offered online, so a student can log-on and study at their convenience and their own pace. Students have assignments due each week; you can complete your assignments at any point in time before the deadline.

Does an Early College student need to come to campus for anything?

  • No. However, we would love to have you visit our campus if you are interested in continuing with traditional on-campus study. Students who complete their associate's degree have the option to walk at our commencement ceremony.

Are Early College students able to receive Financial Aid?

  • No. However, Early College courses are very affordable compared to other options. The cost for an online Dual Enrollment course is $100 per credit hour.

How do transferring credits work?

  • Each College or University completes a transcript review in order to decide which courses transfer. Sticking to general education classes generally makes transferring credits simple. All Early College courses at Bluefield University are general education classes that should transfer to another accredited institution.

Is an Early College student considered, and treated, as a transfer student when they become a full-time college student if they have earned enough credits to be a Junior?

  • No. Since they have not graduated from high school, they are considered a first-time college student regardless of how many credits transfer. However, by transferring credits when they enroll as a full-time student, they will have to take fewer classes to receive their bachelor's degree, which shortens the length of time to earn the degree.

Can I speak to someone if I have more questions?

  • Yes. Please contact the Office of Admissions by email or you can call them at 276.326.4231


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