Forensic Investigation - Laboratory Technician (Bachelor of Science)

Track Two: "Laboratory/ Technician" is designed for students interested in working in a laboratory environment as either a forensic scientist or technician and is a solid foundation for graduate study. Track Two requires a minor in Forensic Biochemistry or a second major in either Biology, Chemistry, or Physics to assist in making our graduates as educated in their chosen area as possible. 

Forensic Investigation Undecided majors must complete the lower division FI Core. Upon completion of the lower division FI Core courses, students will be assessed by their advisor for upper division coursework in the FI major. Students must meet the minimum 2.5 GPA overall and 2.5 GPA in their CJ and FI Core classes. Upon successful assessment, students will major in Forensic Investigation Track One, “Criminal Investigations” or Forensic Investigation Track Two, “Forensic Laboratory/Technician.”  

Forensic Investigation Lower Division Core Courses

Course Title Credits
CJ 101Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CJ 201Criminal Law3
CJ 202Introduction to Law Enforcement3
CJ 305Professional Writing in Criminal Justice (WI)3
FI 204Introduction to Forensic Investigation3
FI 225Criminal Courts3
FI 227Practical Writing for Investigations (WI)3
Total Hours21

Upon completion, students MUST meet with their advisor to determine whether they meet the minimum requirements to be assessed into the appropriate Forensic Investigation track.

Track Two - Forensic Laboratory/Technician

Course Title Credits
FI 310Criminalistics3
FI 330Forensic Documentation3
FI 380Medicolegal Death Investigation3
FI 475Drugs of Abuse3
Forensic Investigation 300+ Electives3
Select one of the following: 13
Senior Internship in Criminal Justice
Senior Seminar I
Senior Seminar II
Senior Seminar III
Total Hours18

Courses credited within the core, track, or concentration will not be credited within another track, concentration, or minor.

In addition to courses noted below, candidates for graduation must successfully complete all JSU Academic Regulations. More information about general education requirements can be found in the Summary of Degrees/Requirements section of the catalog.

Plan of Study Grid
EH Composition sequence 3
Fine Arts 3
CY 105
CY 107
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry Laboratory I
History Sequence 3
CJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
SSC 101 First Year Experience 0
EH Composition sequence 3
CY 106
CY 108
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry Laboratory II
MS 112 Precalculus Algebra 3
History Sequence 3
FI 204 Introduction to Forensic Investigation 3
MS 113 Precalculus Trigonometry 3
Foreign Language 3
PSC 100 Introduction to American Government 3
CJ 201 Criminal Law 3
CJ 305 Professional Writing in Criminal Justice (WI) 3
EH 141 Speech 3
PSY 201 Principles of Psychology 3
CS 201 Introduction to Information Technology 3
CJ 202 Introduction to Law Enforcement 3
FI 227 Practical Writing for Investigations (WI) 3
Literature 3
BY 101
BY 103
Introductory Biology I
and Introductory Biology Lab I
FI 225 Criminal Courts 3
FI 310 Criminalistics 3
FI 300+ Elective 3
BY 322 Genetics (WI) 4
CY 231 Organic Chemistry I 4
FI 330 Forensic Documentation 3
FI 475 Drugs of Abuse 3
FI 380 Medicolegal Death Investigation 3
CY 421 Instrumental Analysis 4
Minor/2nd Major/General Electives 1 7
Forensic Investigation Senior Capstone Course 2 3
Forensic Investigation Major Field Test 3 0
BY 373 Cell Biology 4
General Electives 1 7
 Total Hours120