Forensic Science Program within the Biology Degree

The forensic science concentration takes the foundation knowledge of microbiology and genetics and combines it with areas of psychology, chemistry, and criminal justice to provide Iowa Wesleyan University students with the cognitive resources and investigative skills to pursue forensics as a career. Laboratories include analysis of physical and chemical evidence, as well as DNA extraction/analysis and crime scene investigations. Students graduating with this concentration will be competitive for graduate programs in forensics, psychology and criminology depending on the course focus.

Forensic Science Concentration Requirements:

Required Courses
Complete all of the following

  • BIO 345 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy OR
  • BIO 379 Integrative Evolutionary Physiology
  • PSYC 310 Into to Forensic Psychology OR
  • CJ 315 Intro to Forensic Science
  • PSYC 367 Cognitive Psychology OR
  • PSYC 382 Biopsychology
  • PSYC 365 Psychology of Addiction OR
  • CJ 323 Criminal Investigation
  • SCI 347 Laboratory Methods in Forensic Sciences

Choose 2:

  • BIO 495 Research in Biology
  • CHEM 355 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 372 Quantitative Analysis
  • CHEM 495 Research in Chemistry

Biology Requirements:

  • All concentrations are required to complete the core biology classes
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