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Forensics masters student in the lab

Forensic & Investigative Sciences M.S. (Non-Thesis)

Offered by: Forensic & Investigative Sciences Program The M.S. Program in Forensic Science, which awards a Purdue University degree, requires 30 credit hours of study beyond the baccalaureate level.

Why choose this program?

The Forensic and Investigative Sciences Master Program is a 1 year accelerated program designed for a part-time or full-time student. If you want to become a professional forensic scientist, who desire employment in the criminal justice field or a related area, this program helps you to quickly reach your career goals.

Degree requirements

The new 12-month accelerated Forensic Science MS (non-thesis) program is available in both Forensic Biology and Forensic Chemistry.  This program consists solely of advanced coursework and laboratory courses.  The program is based on 30 credits of completed coursework.  A sample 12-month curriculum is as follows:

Credit comparison
Forensic Biology (credits) Forensic Chemistry (credits)
Fall FIS 50500 (3) - Current Issues in FS Fall FIS 50500 (3) - Current Issues in FS
Fall FIS 52100 (3) - Forensic Biology Fall FIS 51100 (3) - Forensic Chemistry I
Fall FIS 51500 (3) - Forensic Science & the Law Fall FIS 51500 (3) - Forensic Science & the Law
Fall BIOL 50700 (3) - Molecular Biology Fall CHEM 696 (3) - Special Topics in Chemistry
Spring FIS 53000 (3) - Population Genetics Spring     FIS 51200 (3) - Forensic Chemistry II
Spring FIS 50600 (3) - Adv. Forensic Microscopy Spring FIS 50600 (3) - Adv. Forensic Microscopy
Spring FIS 59700 (3) - Lab Project Design Spring FIS 59700 (3) - Lab Project Design
Spring *BIOL Elective (3) Spring *CHEM Elective (3)
Summer FIS 50800 (2) - Forensic Science Laboratory Management Summer     FIS 50800 (2) - Forensic Science Laboratory Management
Summer LAW-D774 (2) - Law & FS Summer LAW-D774 (2) - Law & FS
TOTAL REQUIRED COURSEWORK: 30 cr     TOTAL REQUIRED COURSEWORK: 30 cr    
*Elective may be internship in a forensic lab *Elective may be internship in a forensic lab
 

Discovering forensics leads student toward a career in the lab

Kelsie Faulds Forensic and Investigative Sciences, Undergraduate