Online Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science
Arizona State University’s forensic science degree online teaches you how to interpret evidence and solve crimes using the latest science and technology. You’ll learn professional forensic science techniques and gain hands-on experience investigating crimes. The degree prepares you to work in crime labs at the local, state and federal levels.
Next start date: 01/09/2023
Total classes: 40
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 120
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What is a forensic science degree?
Forensic science degrees focus on applying scientific methods to matters of law. In a forensic science degree, you’ll explore the investigative and scientific principles behind interpreting crime scenes and examining different types of evidence. The degree will equip you with the intricate analytical skills required to pursue jobs related to forensic investigations.
What will I learn in an online forensic science degree?
In a forensic science degree, you’ll learn how to uncover and analyze evidence that can be used in court during criminal and civil cases. The beginning of the program focuses on building a strong foundation in biology, chemistry and math. You’ll take various lab science courses including two organic chemistry labs which must be completed in person. These labs are offered in an accelerated one-week format over the summer at ASU’s Tempe campus. You can also take these lab courses in person at a local college and transfer the credits.
Later in the program, you’ll take advanced forensic science courses covering the common techniques used in crime labs. You’ll have the opportunity to take courses focused on forensic botany, toxicology, forensic anthropology, molecular genetics and more. These courses will teach you how to conduct analysis of crime scenes, fingerprints, DNA, blood patterns and other types of evidence.
The online forensic science bachelor’s degree ends with an in-person culminating experience on ASU’s West campus. The two-week campus experience gives you the opportunity to learn lab skills from experts in the field and participate in simulated crime scenes to lab scenarios. During the experience, you’ll analyze DNA evidence and investigate mock crime scenes.
Online forensic science degree courses
This online forensic science degree takes a transdisciplinary approach to the field. You’ll study natural science, math and communication in addition to forensic science. This approach prepares you to not only uncover essential evidence, but also give expert testimony and clearly explain your findings. You’ll also have the opportunity later in the program to customize the degree to match your career goals with a wide range of forensic science electives.
HST 454: History of Genocide (G & H)
FOR 413: Sacred Crimes: Religion and Violence (G & H)
LSC 348: Fundamentals of Genetics Laboratory
LSC 347: Fundamentals of Genetics
BCH 371: Modern Concepts in Biochemistry
CHM 233: General Organic Chemistry I
CHM 234: General Organic Chemistry II
FOR 286: Principles of Forensic Science
What can I do with a forensic science degree?
An online forensic science bachelor’s degree prepares you for a variety of jobs working in crime labs as a crime scene investigator, evidence technician and other similar roles. You can also consider pursuing a graduate degree in forensics, which can help you advance your career and move into a leadership position in the field. Graduates of the program are also qualified for other jobs and graduate programs related to biology, chemistry and criminal justice.
Online forensic science degree admission requirements
You are considered a first-year student for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).
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