Forensic Studies (B.S.)

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Justice Studies
(239) 590-7196

2016-2017 Catalog Year

The Bachelor of Science in Forensic Studies provides students with the skills requisite to the investigation of criminal offenses and the identification, apprehension, and prosecution of criminal offenders. This curriculum integrates the theoretical perspectives of different disciplines pertaining to deviant and criminal behavior with the practice of identification, procurement, and presentation of evidence resulting from criminal activity. This program builds upon a solid liberal arts core to achieve a balanced criminal justice perspective, which includes an emphasis upon the victim, the offender, the criminal justice system and society. Recognizing the multidisciplinary nature of Forensics, this curriculum blends crime scene analysis, laboratory analysis, behavioral analysis, and Constitutional Criminal Law. The program’s objective is to develop a sound educational foundation for graduate work or professional practice at the bachelor’s level. It is designed as a scholar/practitioner curriculum providing students with advanced levels of knowledge in criminal investigation, thus increasing the employment potential for the graduates of this degree.

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.

Program Requirements

To prevent or minimize excess hours, select general education courses that satisfy common prerequisite requirements for your intended major.

  1. FGCU General Education Program (

  2. Common Prerequisites
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course.

    FGCU Course: STA 2023 Statistical Methods (3)
    Acceptable Substitute: STAX023 or STAX037

    FGCU Course: BSC 1010C General Biology w/Lab I (4) or ((BSC 1010(3) and BSC 1010L (1))
    Acceptable Substitute: BSCX010C or (BSCX010 and BSCX010L)

    FGCU Course: CHM 1045 General Chemistry I (3) and CHM 1045L General Chemistry I Lab (1) 
    Acceptable Substitute: CHMX025C or (CHMX025 and CHMX025L)

  3. Required Courses in the Major (36 credits)
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course.

    ANT 2511C Intro to Physical Anthropology (3)
    ANT 3520C 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 Crim Justice Sys (3)
    CCJ 4934 Senior Seminar (3)
    CJE 4612 Interview and Interrogation (3)
    CJL 4133 Criminal Evidence (3)
    DSC 2006 Homeland Security (3)

  4. Restricted Electives in the Major (12 credits)
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course.

    Select 12 credits from any of the following:
    PLA 3205 Courtroom Techniques (3)
    PLA 4570 Globalization & 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.

  5. University Requirements (3 credits)
    IDS 3920 University Colloquium (3)

  6. Additional Electives - as needed to reach total credits required for the degree.


Additional Graduation Requirements

  • Students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 120 credits.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required for all coursework attempted at FGCU.
  • At least 48 of the 120 credits must be in the upper division (3000-4999).
  • At least 30 of the last 60 credits must be earned at FGCU.
  • Satisfy College-Level Skills and foreign language entrance requirements.
  • Satisfy Service Learning requirement. See
  • Completion of the summer course enrollment requirement.
  • Submit an online Application for Graduation via Gulfline by the deadline listed in the FGCU Academic Calendar.

The information contained in this catalog excerpt is intended for informational purposes only. Every effort is made to provide this information as accurately as possible at the time of publication; however, the university reserves the right to revise any section or part without notice or obligation.
Printed on: 4/29/2017.