The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Forensic Studies is a contemporary multidisciplinary curriculum that blends the social, behavioral, and physical sciences with the United States' system of jurisprudence. The curriculum also examines the role of these disciplines in the analysis of natural and human made disasters, and homeland security. It provides students with the skills requisite to the investigation of criminal offenses and the identification, apprehension, and prosecution of criminal offenders. It also provides students with knowledge pertaining to forensic applications in civil cases, child abuse and neglect, and domestic violence. This curriculum integrates the multidisciplinary theoretical perspectives with research in the examination, identification, and application of alternative solutions to social problems. This program builds upon a solid liberal arts core to achieve a balanced justice perspective, which includes an emphasis upon the victim, the offender, the system of jurisprudence, and society.
Program Admission Requirements
- Submit a FGCU Undergraduate Admission Application and satisfy all applicable university admission requirements.
- Satisfy common prerequisites with a grade of C or better.
- Satisfy general education program requirements.
- Sign an Advising Agreement document.
- FGCU General Education Program (GEP) (36 hrs)
Refer to the General Education Program for more information.
- Communication (6 hrs)
- Select ENC 1101 (3)
- Select ENC 1102 (3)
- Mathematics (6 hrs)
- Select STA 2023 (3)
- Select MAC 1105 (3)
- Humanities (9 hrs)
- Select HUM 2510 (3)
- Social Sciences (6-9 hrs)
- Natural Sciences (6-9 hrs)
- Select BSC 1010C (4) or (BSC 1010(3) and BSC 1010L (1))
- Select CHM 1045C (4) or (CHM 1045 (3) and CHM 1045L (1))
Note: At least one Natural Sciences course must include a laboratory or field component. Courses meeting this requirement contain a “C” or “L” in their course numbers. Each combined lecture and laboratory course (marked with a C) is equivalent to taking the lecture and laboratory separately.
- Common Prerequisites (variable)*
- BSC 1010C General Biology w/Lab I (4)or (BSC 1010(3) and BSC 1010L (1))
- CHM 1045C General Chemistry w/Lab I (4) or (CHM 1045(3) and CHM 1045L(1))
- STA 2023 Statistical Methods (3)
- Required Courses in the Major (33 hrs)
- ANT 3520 Forensic Anthropology (3)
- CCJ 1080 Intro to Forensic Studies (3)
- CCJ 3603 Forensic Behavioral Analysis (3)
- CCJ 3670 Crime Scene Investigation (3)
- CCJ 3700 Meth Criminal Justice Research (3)
- CCJ 3701 Criminal Justice Data Analysis (3)
- CCJ 4054 Ethics in the Criminal Justice System (3)
- CCJ 4934 Senior Seminar (3)
- CJE 4612 Interview and Interrogation (3)
- CJL 4133 Criminal Evidence (3)
- DSC 2006 Homeland Security (3)
- Restricted Electives (12 hrs)
Select 12 hours from any of the following:
- PLA 3205 Courtroom Techniques (3)
- PLA 4570 Globalization and the Rule of Law (3)
- 3000-4999 course(s)* with any of the following prefixes: CCJ, CJC, CJE, CJJ or CJL
*Courses used to fulfill required courses in the major cannot also be used to fulfill restricted electives.
- University Requirements (3 hrs)
- IDS 3920 University Colloquium (3)
- Additional Electives (variable)
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS REQUIRED: 120 HRS
Additional Graduation Requirements
- Students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 120 credit hours.
- A minimum grade of C for each course used to satisfy the following categories: common prerequisites, required courses in the major, and electives in the major.
- A cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required for all coursework attempted at FGCU.
- At least 48 of the 120 hours must be in the upper division (3000-4999).
- At least 30 of the last 60 hours must be earned at FGCU.
- Satisfy Communication and Computation Skills and foreign language entrance requirements.
- Satisfy Service Learning requirement. See www.fgcu.edu/connect/
- Completion of the summer course enrollment requirement.
- Submit an online Application for Graduation via Gulfline by the deadline listed in the FGCU Academic Calendar.
Transfer Notes and Acceptable Substitutes
The following substitutions are acceptable for common prerequisites:
- BSC 1010C: may substitute BSC X010C (4) or BSC X010/X010L (4)
- CHM 1045C: may substitute CHM X025C (4) or CHM X025/X25L (4) or CHM X045C (4) or CHM X045/X045L (4)
- STA 2023: may substitute STA X023 (3) or STA X037 (3)
For All Majors: Students are strongly encouraged to select required lower division electives that will enhance their general education coursework and that will support their intended baccalaureate degree program. Students should consult with an academic advisor in their major degree area.
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