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Forensic Science

Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science 

The Forensic Science program at Bay Path is interdisciplinary, and built on the foundation of our well established programs in biology, chemistry, criminal justice, psychology and legal studies.

Courses are taught by highly credentialed, experienced faculty who are practitioners and/or researchers in their respective fields.

Lectures and labs are taught in small classroom settings that engage scientific curiosity and promote a mentorship relationship between faculty and students that is so crucial in the development of a qualified and ethical forensic scientist. Bay Path’s state-of-the-art forensic science laboratories feature the latest in technology, including a 3500 Genetic Analyzer used for generating DNA profiles and DNA sequencing, as well as GC/MS (Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometer) and HPLC (High Performance Liquid Chromatography) instruments.

Students get hands-on experience in technologies and methods used in forensic labs around the globe.

I came to Bay Path specifically for the forensic science program—it’s outstanding. The hands-on programs in the labs, plus the five-year masters program is what sealed the deal for me. The faculty challenge us by having weekly or daily quizzes or reflections. It’s not as frightening as it seems because they work with us in class and one‑on‑one."  - Taylor, Forensic Science Major

Course Requirements

Code Course Name Credits
BIO110 Biology for Science Majors 4

This course will examine in depth concepts of cellular biology, mitosis, meiosis, developmental biology, genetic variation and heredity, gene expression, recombinant DNA technology, and evolutionary mechanisms. (Lab fee) Offered in fall semester

BIO111L Biology lab 0

BIO 111 (4 credits) Biology I for Non-Science Majors This course will examine basic concepts of cellular biology, developmental biology, genetic variation and heredity, and evolution. Laboratory sessions will involve mitosis, embryology, heredity and recombinant DNA technology, and biochemical evolution. (Lab fee)

BIO112 Biology 2 3

This course will survey the types of organisms representing the diversity of life on the planet and explore the form and function of plants and animals as well as animal behavior. Prerequisite: BIO 110

BIO112L Biology 2 Lab 1

BIO 112L (1 credit) Biology II for Science Majors Laboratory Laboratory sessions will involve an investigation of the structure and development of plants, the body design and physiology of invertebrates and vertebrates, and selected field work in animal behavior. (Lab fee) Corequisite: BIO 112

BIO150 Anatomy & Physiology 1 3

This course provides an overview of tissue types and their identification and function, as well as the integument, skeletal and muscular human body systems. Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in BIO 110 lecture or NEU 100 lecture

BIO150L Anatomy & Physiology Lab 1

Laboratory topics include microscopic examination of histological slides of body tissues, gross skeletal morphology, and dissection of a mammal. (Lab fee) Corequisite: BIO 150

BIO210 Genetics 3

This course studies Mendelian inheritance, chromosome abnormalities, cytogenetics, sex determination, and linkage. Genetic recombination, molecular genetics, and biochemical and population genetics will be addressed, as well as the social impact of cloning and other genetic techniques. Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in BIO 110 and BIO 112 lecture

BIO210L Genetics Lab 1

Laboratory sessions include recombination analysis in bacteria, viruses, and Drosophila as well as studying the effects of mutations. (Lab fee) Corequisite: BIO 210

BIO300 Biochemistry 3

This course provides a survey of structural and functional chemical properties of biologically-important molecules and macromolecules such as water, enzymes, vitamins, carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids. Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in CHE 220 lecture and CHE 221 lecture

BIO300L Biochemistry Lab 1

Laboratory sessions will explore enzyme kinetics and the isolation and analysis of macromolecules. (Lab fee) Corequisite: BIO 300

BIO320 Cell & Molecular Biology 3

A study of eukaryotic cell structure, function and regulation. DNA structure, replication, transcription, and translation will be stressed, as well as genetic engineering and recombinant DNA techniques. Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in BIO 210

BIO320L Cell & Molecular Lab 1

Laboratory sessions explore the isolation of DNA reactions, and restriction enzyme mapping. (Lab fee) Corequisite: BIO 320

CHE120 Chemistry 1 3

Chemistry I is an introduction to the fundamental facts and principles of chemistry. Topics considered will include: chemical stoichiometry, atomic structure, the periodic table, chemical bonding, thermochemistry, and physical states of matter. Prerequisite: MAT 104

CHE120L Chemistry 1 Lab 1

Laboratory experiences will include experiments that illustrate concepts presented in lecture, as well as introduce the students to experimental design, computer/instrument interfacing, and the statistical treatment of data. (Lab fee) Corequisite: CHE 120

CHE121 Chemistry 2 3

This course is a continuation of CHE 120. Topics considered will include: solutions, reaction rates, chemical equilibrium, precipitation reactions, acids and bases, reaction spontaneity, redox reactions, and electrochemistry. Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in CHE 120 lecture or the equivalent, MAT 112

CHE121L Chemistry 2 Lab 1

Laboratory experiences include experiments that illustrate concepts presented in lecture, as well as introduce the student to experimental design, computer/instrument interfacing, and the statistical treatment of data. (Lab fee) Corequisite: CHE 121

CHE220 Organic Chemistry 1 3

This course is an introduction to the fundamental principles of organic chemistry. Topics covered will include stereochemistry, reaction mechanisms, basic nomenclature, and the recognition of basic functional groups. Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in CHE120 lecture and CHE121 lecture

CHE220L Organic Chemistry 1 Lab 1

Laboratory exercises will focus on basic techniques of organic synthesis and isolation of organic compounds. Laboratory skills and safety procedures will be stressed. (Lab fee) Corequisite: CHE 220

CHE221 Organic Chemistry 2 3

This course is a continuation of CHE 220. Topics covered will include an examination of the higher structural classes and functional groups. Organic synthesis and spectroscopic methodologies will be explored. Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in CHE 220 lecture

CHE221L Organic Chemistry 2 Lab 1

This is a continuation of CHE 220L. Laboratory exercises will focus on the characterization of organic compounds by spectroscopic and chemical techniques. (Lab fee) Corequisite: CHE 221

CHE300 Analytical Chemistry 3

This course will cover the theory and practice of quantitative analytical chemistry as well as the interpretation of chemical data. Practical inorganic and organic applications will be examined as well as the use of chemical instrumentation. Prerequisites: MAT221 and a grade of C or better in CHE221 lecture

CHE300L Analytical Chemistry Lab 1

Laboratory topics include selected instrumental methodologies for interpreting chemical data. Topics will include acid-base, complexometric, and redox methods as well as titrimetric, electrochemical, and separation methods and spectroscopic techniques. (Lab fee) Corequisite: CHE 300

ENG114 Critical Reading & Response 3

This course introduces the integration of communication skills essential for effective reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college level. In this writing intensive course, students develop composition skills to produce collegiate-level papers modeling rhetorical modes and thematic content in addition to strategies for reading complex texts; presentation skills for personal introductions, verbal summaries of readings and response writings, and peer review of papers; and basic technological skills for word processing, e-mail, and introductory-level online research.

ENG124 Research & Writing in the Disciplines 3

In this course students will apply the practices for effective reading and writing introduced in ENG 114 to the distinctive language and forms of various disciplines. This course lays the foundation for academic and professional research and stresses the use of appropriate and effective information sources. Readings for a variety of academic audiences will provide students with strategies to communicate in the sciences, business and technology, psychology, liberal studies, and the social sciences. Research and documentation skills appropriate to the disciplines are stressed. In addition to leading students through the research process from start to finish, this course will examine the many ramifications of academic honesty. Prerequisite: ENG 114

ENG134 Literary Genres 3

Selected readings in fiction, poetry, and drama introduce the student to literary types and techniques. These readings provide a basis for collegiate-level discussion, analysis, and the development of critical judgment. Building on the communications and research skills from earlier courses in the sequence, this course emphasizes continued practice in writing, and students complete a documented research paper using primary and secondary sources as one of the course writing assignments. Discussions and oral presentations based on assigned literature support the overall goal of the sequence: to enhance the advancement of the students, first academically and then professionally. Prerequisite: ENG 114

FSC105 Criminalistics 4

Criminalistics This course introduces the theoretical underpinnings of criminalistics, including the techniques for discovery, collection, preservation, and analysis of physical evidence.

FSC105L Criminalistics Lab 0

Criminalistics Lab This course will entail a practical examination of topics and laboratory testing procedures introduced in FSC105 such as fibers, blood spatter patterns, footwear and tire impressions, narcotics, blood, semen, soil, fingerprints, documents, firearms, and other topics. (Lab fee) Corequisite: FSC105

FSC420 Forensic Chemistry 3

This course will provide the theoretical and practical foundation for the uses of separation, chromatographic, electrophoretic, molecular, and spectrophotometric techniques used in forensic analyses. Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in CHE 300 lecture

FSC420L Forensic Chemistry Lab 1

Laboratory work will include gas chromatography, liquid chromatography, protein electrophoresis, atomic spectroscopy, and molecular spectroscopy. (Lab fee) Corequisite: FSC 420

FSC435 Forensic Anthropology 3

This course will present the methodological basis of the osteological techniques behind the analysis and identification of human skeletal remains from criminal and legal contexts. Topics will include skeletal anatomy of humans and other vertebrates, taphonomic analysis, search and recovery techniques, mass disaster victim identification, trauma interpretation, and bone DNA analysis. Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in BIO 150

FSC435L Forensic Anthropology Lab 1

Laboratory topics include hands-on exercises designed to teach the basic and advanced techniques of skeletal analysis and facial reconstruction. (Lab fee) Corequisite: FSC 435

FSC440 Crime Scene Investigation 3

This course focuses on the application of the scientific method to the analysis of crime scenes and their reconstruction. Scenes involving a variety of violent crimes, including homicides, sexual assaults, and non-fatal stabbings and beatings will be discussed in detail. The goals of crime scene reconstruction will be presented along with scientific and ethical matters associated with reconstruction. Types of evidence used to reconstruct crime scenes will be explained. Prerequisite: FSC 105 and junior or senior status

FSC500 Forensic Biology 4

This is an introductory course on the basics of forensic DNA analysis. The subject is developed so as to provide the student with an enhanced understanding of DNA evidence, its collection, preservation, and processing. The key legal questions raised by the increasing power of DNA analysis will be discussed.

LAW248 Princ of Criminal Procedure 3

Principles of Criminal Procedure This course provides an overview of criminal procedure with special focus on the respective rights and duties of the defense and prosecution. It covers the development and present state of the law as it applies to arrest, search and seizure, statements by the accused and others, the right to counsel, trial proceedings and issues, sentencing, punishment, and appeal. The course is designed to give students an understanding of the history and development of the constitutional dynamics of a criminal case and the current state of the law from the perspective of legal practitioners. Students will use a text supplemented with outside readings that include criminal case law, law-review articles, court pleadings, and fiction. Instructional materials also include videotapes, such as 'The Thin Blue Line.' Students will be required to brief cases and write short papers. Prerequisite: LAW 103, Sophomore status or permission of the Department Chair

LAW249 Principles of Criminal Law 3

This course provides an overview of the history and structure of criminal law and focuses on the elements of common crimes, common defenses, the concepts of criminal liability, criminal intent, and conduct punishable by the criminal law. The course is designed to give students an understanding of the development and current state of criminal law and the similarities and differences between criminal and civil law. Students will use a text supplemented with outside readings that include case law, jury instructions, law-review articles, and fiction. Prerequisite: LAW 103, Sophomore status or permission of the Department Chair

LAW371 Evidence 3

This course examines the rules of evidence in both civil and criminal proceedings, focusing on the gathering of potential evidence and the presentation to a judicial tribunal of admissible evidence. Topics include relevancy, competency, impeachment, real and demonstrative evidence, best evidence (original writing), judicial notice, expert testimony, character evidence, the hearsay rule and its exceptions, privileged communications, admissions and confessions, and civil rights. Using federal and state rules of evidence, students will analyze and evaluate possible pieces of evidence and argue orally and in writing through dispositive motions, for inclusion or exclusion at trial. Prerequisite: LAW 103, LAW 248, Junior status or higher or permission of the Department Chair

MAT120 Statistics 3

This is an introduction to the basic descriptive and inferential statistics for students from all disciplines. It emphasizes the development of statistical literacy and the use of computer for analyzing data. Topics include principles of experimental design; graphical and numerical methods for summarizing, describing, exploring and analyzing data; binomial and normal probability distributions; point and interval estimates for means and proportions; hypothesis testing; and correlation and regression. Offered both semesters

MAT130 Pre-Calculus 3

This course is an overview of algebra, trigonometry and analytic geometry. It is designed to provide students with a comprehensive and mathematically sound treatment of topics needed for calculus. The topics include, functions and graphs; polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions; matrices; vectors; and three-dimensional coordinate geometry. Prerequisite: MAT 112 or appropriate placement test score

MAT221 Calculus 1 3

This course is part of a two-semester sequence (221-222), covering materials on limits, continuity, derivative of a function, techniquest of differentiation, and applications of derivatives. It prepares students for further study of MAT222, Calculus II. This is an applied calculus course with less emphasis on theoretical rigor. Instead, the emphasis is on basic concepts, methods, and applications. Prerequisite: MAT130 or appropriate test score.

MAT222 Calculus 2 3

This course is part of a two-semester sequence (221-222), covering materials on techniques of integration, differential equations, and their applications. This is an applied calculus course with less emphasis on theoretical rigor. Instead, the emphasis is on basic concepts, methods, and applications. Prerequisite: MAT 221 or the equivalent

WEL100 Women as Empowered Learners & Leaders 3

Women as Empowered Learners and Leaders is an interdisciplinary course, designed to give all students entering Bay Path University a common experience and foundation for their education. This course is an introduction to the University, to academic study, and to various approaches to thinking about personal potential, to understand the process of becoming a learner, and a leader, and composing a life, to appreciate beauty, and work actively toward establishing community and justice in the context of being a woman at the beginning of the 21st century.

WEL310 Strategies for Career and Personal Growth 1

(This course is graded Pass/Fail.) In their junior year before the opening of the spring semester, baccalaureate degree students will be offered a special opportunity to learn up-to-date information about the current work world in an intensive two-and-a-half-day workshop format. Students will meet successful professionals who will discuss the challenges and opportunities of their respective fields and help students prepare for interviews as well as learn how to navigate the early stages of their new careers.

WEL400 WELL in Practice 3

By WEL400, you will be ready to blend all the skills you have learned during the WELL program—leadership, critical thinking, research, writing, analysis, and public presentation—with a community service project. Empathy, respect, and tolerance are the core human values that are stressed. It’s what every good leader needs to confidently show the way.