Description

Website: http://forensic.unl.edu/

Forensic science includes any science that is conducted for use in the legal system. The need for science in the courtroom has greatly increased as a result of legal rulings and the positioning of forensic science in popular culture. The forensic science degree program provides students with an education in the use of science, mathematics, and statistics in legal proceedings. There are four options of study: Forensic Biology, Crime Scene Investigation, Forensic Chemistry, and the Pre-Law 3-3 Program.
 

College Requirements

College Admission

Requirements for admission into the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) are consistent with general University admission requirements (one unit equals one high school year): 4 units of English, 4 units of mathematics, 3 units of natural sciences, 3 units of social studies, and 2 units of foreign language. Students must also meet performance requirements (ACT composite of 20 or higher OR combined SAT score of 950 or higher OR rank in the top one-half of graduating class; transfer students must have a 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average and 2.0 on the most recent term of attendance. For students entering the PGA Golf Management degree program, a certified golf handicap of 12 or better (e.g., USGA handicap card) or written ability (MS Word file) equivalent to a 12 or better handicap by a PGA professional or high school golf coach is required. For more information, please visit: http://pgm.unl.edu/requirements.

Admission Deficiencies/Removal of Deficiencies

Students who are admitted to CASNR with core course deficiencies must remove these deficiencies within the first 30 credit hours at UNL, or within the first calendar year at UNL, whichever takes longer, excluding foreign languages. Students have up to 60 credit hours to remove foreign language deficiencies. College-level course work taken to remove deficiencies may be used to meet degree requirements in CASNR.

Deficiencies in the required entrance subjects can be removed by completion of specified courses in the University or by correspondence.

The Office of Admissions, Alexander Building (south entrance), City Campus, provides information to new students on how deficiencies can be removed.

College Degree Requirements

Curriculum Requirements

The curriculum requirements of the College consist of three areas: ACE (Achievement-Centered Education); College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Core; and Degree Program requirements and electives. All three areas of the College Curriculum Requirements are incorporated within the description of the Major/Degree Program sections of the catalog. The individual major/degree program listings of classes insures that a student will meet the minimum curriculum requirements of the College.

Foreign Languages/Language Requirement

Two units of a foreign language are required. This requirement is usually met with two years of high school language.

Minimum Hours Required for Graduation

The College grants the bachelors degree in programs associated with agricultural sciences, natural resources and related programs. Students working toward a degree must earn at least 120 semester hours of credit. A minimum cumulative grade point average of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) must be maintained throughout the course of studies and is required for graduation.

Grade Rules

Removal of C-, D and F Grades

Only the most recent letter grade received in a given course will be used in computing a student’s cumulative grade point average if the student has completed the course more than once and previously received a grade or grades below C in that course.

The previous grade (or grades) will not be used in the computation of the cumulative grade point average, but it will remain a part of the academic record and will appear on any transcript.

A student can remove from his/her cumulative average a course grade of C-, D+, D, D- or F if the student repeats the same course at the University of Nebraska and receives a grade other than P (pass), I (incomplete), N (no pass), W (withdrew), or NR (no report). If a course is no longer being offered, it is not eligible for the revised grade point average computation process.

For complete procedures and regulations, see the Office of the University Registrar website at http://www.unl.edu/regrec/course-repeats.

Pass/No Pass

Students in CASNR may take any course offered on a Pass/No Pass basis within the 24-hour limitation established by the Faculty Senate. However, a department may specify that the Pass/No Pass status of its courses be limited to non-majors or may choose to offer some courses for letter grades only.

GPA Requirements

A minimum cumulative grade point average of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) must be maintained throughout the course of studies and is required for graduation.

Transfer Credit Rules

To be considered for admission, a transfer student, Nebraska resident or nonresident, must have an accumulated average of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) and a minimum C average in the last semester of attendance at another college. Transfer students who have completed less than 12 credit hours of college study must submit either ACT or SAT scores.

Ordinarily, credits earned at an accredited college are accepted by the University. The College, however, will evaluate all hours submitted on an application for transfer and reserves the right to accept or reject any of them. Sixty is the maximum number of hours UNL will accept on transfer from a two-year college. Ninety is the maximum number of hours UNL will accept from a four-year college. Transfer credit in the degree program must be approved by the degree program advisor on a Request for Substitution Form to meet specific course requirements, group requirements, or course level requirements in the major. At least 9 hours in the major field, including the capstone course, must be completed at UNL regardless of the number of hours transferred.

The College will accept no more than 10 semester hours of C-, D+, D and D- grades from other schools. The C-, D+, D and D- grades can only be applied to free electives. This policy does not apply to the transfer of grades from UNO or UNK to UNL.

Joint Academic Transfer Programs

The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources has agreements with many institutions to support joint academic programs. The transfer programs include dual degree programs and cooperative degree programs. Dual degree programs offer students the opportunity to receive a degree from a participating institution and also to complete requirements for a bachelor of science degree in CASNR. Cooperative programs result in a single degree from either UNL or the cooperating institution.

Dual Degree Programs

A to B Programs

The A to B Program, a joint academic program offered by the CASNR and participating community colleges, allows students to complete the first two years of a degree program at the participating community college and continue their education and study in a degree program leading toward a bachelor of science degree.

The A to B Program provides a basic knowledge plus specialized course work. Students transfer into CASNR with junior standing.

Depending on the community college, students enrolled in the A to B Program may complete the requirements for an associate of science at the community college, transfer to UNL, and work toward a bachelor of science degree.
 

Participating community colleges include:

  • Central Community College
  • Metropolitan Community College
  • Mid-Plains Community College
  • Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture
  • Northeast Community College
  • Southeast Community College
  • Western Nebraska Community College
3+2 Programs

Two specialized degree programs in animal science and veterinary science are offered jointly with an accredited college or school of veterinary medicine. These two programs permit CASNR animal science or veterinary science students to receive a bachelor of science degree from UNL with a degree in animal science or veterinary science after successfully completing two years of the professional curriculum in veterinary medicine at an accredited veterinary school. Students who successfully complete the 3+2 Program, must complete the “Application for Degree” form and provide transcripts to the Credentials Clerk, Office of the University Registrar, 107 Canfield Administration Building, UNL. Students should discuss these degree programs with their academic advisor.

Cooperative Degree Programs

Academic credit from UNL and a cooperating institution is applied towards a four-year degree from either UNL (UNL degree-granting program) or the cooperating institution (non UNL degree-granting program). All have approved programs of study.

UNL Degree-Granting Programs

A UNL degree-granting program is designed to provide students the opportunity to complete a two-year program of study at one of the four-year institutions listed below, transfer to CASNR and complete the requirements for a bachelor of science degree.
 

Chadron State College. Chadron State College offers a 2+2 program leading to a grassland ecology and management degree program and a transfer program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education in the teaching option.

Wayne State College. Wayne State College offers a 3+1 program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Plant Biology in the ecology and management option.

University of Nebraska at Kearney. Transfer programs are available for students pursuing degree programs leading to a bachelor of science degree.

University of Nebraska at Omaha. The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) cooperates with CASNR in providing four-semester pre-agricultural sciences, pre-natural resources, pre-food science and technology, pre-horticulture and pre-turfgrass and landscape management transfer programs.

A student enrolled in these programs may transfer all satisfactorily completed academic credits identified in the suggested program of study, and enter CASNR to study toward a degree program leading to a bachelor of science degree. The total program would require a minimum of four years or eight semesters (16 credit hours/semester or 120 credit hours).

UNL CASNR faculty teach horticulture and food science and technology courses at UNO to assist an urban population in better understanding the food processing, horticulture, and landscape horticulture industries.

For more information, contact the CASNR Dean’s Office, 800-472-8800, ext. 2541.

Non UNL Degree-Granting Programs

The CASNR cooperates with other institutions to provide course work that is applied towards a degree at the cooperating institution. Pre-professional programs offered by CASNR allow students to complete the first two or three years of a degree program at UNL prior to transferring and completing a degree at the cooperating institution.
 

Chadron State College–Range Science. The 3+1 Program in range science allows Chadron State College students to pursue a range science degree through Chadron State College. Students complete three years of course work at Chadron State College and one year of specialized range science course work (32 credit hours) at CASNR.

Dordt College (Iowa) – Agricultural Education: Teaching Option. This program allows students to pursue an Agricultural Education Teaching Option degree leading toward a bachelor of science in agricultural education. Students at Dordt College will complete 90 credit hours in the Agricultural Education: Teaching Option Transfer Program.

Residency

Students must complete at least 30 of the total hours for their degree using UNL credits. At least 18 of the 30 credit hours must be in courses offered through CASNR1 (>299) including the appropriate ACE 10 degree requirement or an approved ACE 10 substitution offered through another UNL college and excluding independent study regardless of the number of hours transferred. Credit earned during education abroad may be used toward the residency requirement if students register through UNL and participate in prior-approved education abroad programs. UNL open enrollment and summer independent study courses count toward residence.

1

Includes courses taught by CASNR faculty through interdisciplinary prefixes (e.g., LIFE, MBIO, ENVR, SCIL, EAEP, HRTM, ENSC) and CASNR crosslisted courses taught by non-CASNR faculty.

Online and Distance Education

There are many opportunities to earn college credit online through the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Some of these credits may be applicable not only as elective credits, but also toward the fulfillment of the College’s education requirements. Credits earned online may count toward residency. However, certain offerings may not be counted toward scholarship requirements or academic recognition criteria.

For further information, contact:

Office of Online and Distance Education
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
305 Brace Labs
Lincoln, NE 68588-0109
402-472-4681
http://online.unl.edu/

Independent Study Rules

Students wishing to take part in independent studies must obtain permission; complete and sign a contract form; and furnish copies of the contract to the instructor, advisor, departmental office, and the Dean’s Office. The contract should be completed before registration. Forms are available in 103 Agricultural Hall or online at the CASNR website.

Independent study projects include research, literature review or extension of course work under supervision and evaluation of a departmental faculty member.

Students may only count 12 hours of independent study toward their degrees and no more than 6 hours can be counted during their last 36 hours earned, excluding senior thesis, internships, and courses taught under an independent study number.

Other College Degree Requirements

Capstone Course Requirement

A capstone course is required for each CASNR degree program. A capstone course is defined as a course in which students are required to integrate diverse bodies of knowledge to solve a problem or formulate a policy of societal importance.

ACE Requirements

All students must fulfill the Achievement Centered Education (ACE) requirements. Information about the ACE program may be viewed at www.ace.unl.

The minimum requirements of CASNR reflect the common core of courses that apply to students pursuing degrees in the college. Students should work with an advisor to satisfy ACE outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 10 with the college requirements.

Catalog Rule

Students must fulfill the requirements stated in the catalog for the academic year in which they are first admitted to UNL or when they were first admitted to a Joint Academic Transfer Program. In consultation with advisors, a student may choose to follow a subsequent catalog for any academic year in which they are admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UNL in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single catalog year. The catalog which a student follows for degree requirements may not be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.

Learning Outcomes

Majors in forensic science will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate factual and conceptual knowledge of forensic science, including knowledge of the U.S.A. legal system, pattern evidence, biological evidence, chemical/materials evidence, chain of custody, and ethics.
  2. Effectively communicate knowledge of forensic science through written and oral presentations.
  3. Demonstrate skills and foundational knowledge that will provide thorough qualifications for employment in a forensic science laboratory.

Major Requirements

Core Requirements

The following basic courses are required for a bachelor of science in forensic science. In addition, students must select and meet the requirements of one of the options.
 

College Integrative Course
SCIL 101Science and Decision-Making for a Complex World3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 3
Natural Sciences Requirements
CASNR Approved Life Sciences
LIFE 120
LIFE 120L
Fundamentals of Biology I
and Fundamentals of Biology I laboratory
4
LIFE 121
LIFE 121L
Fundamentals of Biology II
and Fundamentals of Biology II Laboratory
4
Chemistry
CHEM 109General Chemistry I4
CHEM 110General Chemistry II4
CHEM 251
CHEM 253
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
4
Physics
PHYS 141Elementary General Physics I5
Credit Hours Subtotal: 25
Mathematics and Statistics (ACE 3)
MATH 106Calculus I5
STAT 218Introduction to Statistics3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 8
Communications
Written Communication (ACE 1)
Select one of the following:3
Writing and Inquiry
Writing and Argument
Writing and Communities
Basic Business Communication
Technical Communication I
Technical Communication II
Communications and Interpersonal Skills (ACE 2)
Select one of the following:3
Interpersonal Skills for Leadership
Communication in the 21st Century
Public Speaking
Communicating in Small Groups
Visual Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Business and Professional Communication
Technical Communication II
Sales Communication
Environmental Communication Skills
Visual Communication and Presentation
Credit Hours Subtotal: 6
Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences
Select one of the following (ACE 8):3
Economic Essentials and Issues
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Select one course each from ACE outcomes 5, 7, and 99
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12
Forensic Science Core Requirements
FORS 120Introduction to Forensic Science2
FORS 120LIntroduction to Forensic Science Laboratory1
FORS 200Forensic Science Seminar1
FORS 411Overview of Forensic Comparative Analysis Lab3
FORS 485Current Issues in Forensic Science3
CRIM 101Survey of Criminal Justice3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 13
Option (Biology, Chemistry or CSI) Requirements
Complete requirements53
Credit Hours Subtotal: 53
Total Credit Hours120

Forensic Biology Option

The Forensic Biology Option is designed for students interested in a laboratory-based career focusing on the analysis of forensically important biological materials. Students will learn basic biological techniques and be prepared for graduate study or professional careers in academia, research, industry, law or medicine.
 

Forensic Biology Requirements
PHYS 142Elementary General Physics II5
CHEM 252
CHEM 254
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
4
BIOS 312
BIOS 314
Microbiology
and Microbiology Laboratory
4
BIOC 321
BIOC 321L
Elements of Biochemistry
and Laboratory for Elements of Biochemistry 1
4
BIOS 205
BIOS 206
Genetics, Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory
and General Genetics
6
BIOS 213
BIOS 213L
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology 2
4
BIOS 303Molecular Biology3
BIOS 443 / MBIO 443Immunology3
FORS 401
FORS 401L
Forensic Biology
and Forensic Biology Laboratory
4
FORS 403Advanced Forensic Photography1
FORS 404Bloodstains as Evidence1
FORS 410Advanced Forensic DNA Methods3
Select one of the following:3-4
Human Genetics
Molecular Genetics
Bioinformatics and Molecular Evolution
Human Remains in Forensic Science
Pollen Analysis for Behavioral, Biological and Forensic Science
Special Topics in Forensic Science
Any 300-level or above AGRO, BIOS, BIOC, CHEM, ENTO, PHYS, or MATH 107
Select 7-8 credits of professional electives7-8
Credit Hours Subtotal: 53
Total Credit Hours53
1

Students interested in graduate or professional schools including medicine and pharmacy should substitute: BIOC 431 Structure and Metabolism and BIOC 432 Metabolism and Biological Information.

2

Students may substitute: BIOS 214 Human Anatomy.

Crime Scene Investigation Option

The Crime Scene Investigation Option prepares students for a career in law enforcement and investigation. This option emphasizes broad understandings of forensic science as applied to the acquisition, preservation, interpretation, and presentation of evidence. This option prepares students for graduate study in forensic science and other natural and physical sciences.
 

Crime Scene Investigation Requirements
PHYS 142Elementary General Physics II5
CHEM 252
CHEM 254
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
4
BIOS 312
BIOS 314
Microbiology
and Microbiology Laboratory
4
ENTO 115 / BIOS 115Insect Biology3
ENTO 116 / BIOS 116Insect Identification1
AGRO 215 / HORT 215 / TLMT 215Genetics4
CHEM 221Elementary Quantitative Analysis4
FORS 400
FORS 400L
Crime Scene Investigation
and Crime Scene Investigation Laboratory
4
FORS 306Crime Scene Management1
FORS 307Forensic DNA Analysis3
FORS 403Advanced Forensic Photography1
FORS 404Bloodstains as Evidence1
FORS 414 / ENTO 414Forensic Entomology3
FORS 445 / NRES 445Human Remains in Forensic Science4
Select one of the following:3-4
Pollen Analysis for Behavioral, Biological and Forensic Science
Special Topics in Forensic Science
Forensic Taphonomy
Any 300-level or above AGRO, BIOS, BIOC, CHEM, ENTO, PHYS, or MATH 107
Select 7-8 credits of professional electives7-8
Credit Hours Subtotal: 53
Total Credit Hours53

Forensic Chemistry Option

The Forensic Chemistry Option is designed for students interested in a laboratory-based career focusing on the chemical analysis of forensically important materials. Students will learn basic chemistry techniques and be prepared for graduate or professional careers in academia, research, industry, law or medicine.
 

Forensic Chemistry Requirements
PHYS 142Elementary General Physics II5
CHEM 252
CHEM 254
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
4
BIOC 321
BIOC 321L
Elements of Biochemistry
and Laboratory for Elements of Biochemistry
4
BIOS 213
BIOS 213L
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology
4
MATH 107Calculus II4
CHEM 221Elementary Quantitative Analysis4
CHEM 421
CHEM 423
Analytical Chemistry
and Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
5
CHEM 471Physical Chemistry4
FORS 307Forensic DNA Analysis3
FORS 498Special Topics in Forensic Science1-6
Select one of the following:3-4
Forensic Taphonomy
Human Remains in Forensic Science
Pollen Analysis for Behavioral, Biological and Forensic Science
Or select 3-4 credits from any 300-level or above course in AGRO, BIOS, BIOC, CHEM, ENTO, PHYS, or MATH 208
Select 9-10 credits of professional electives9-10
Credit Hours Subtotal: 53
Total Credit Hours53

Pre-Law Option

The Pre-Law Option allows students to participate in the UNL College of Law 3-3 Program, in which they receive their bachelors degree in forensic science and their Juris Doctor degree in six years rather than the traditional seven. During their first three years, students complete course work in the Forensic Science Program, with classes clustered in either Forensic Biology or CSI. They complete their final year in residence at the College of Law. Students use the credit hours awarded in the first year at the College of Law to complete their undergraduate degree requirements.

Pre-Law: Forensic Biology Requirements (Years 1–3 Forensic Science)

BIOC 321
BIOC 321L
Elements of Biochemistry
and Laboratory for Elements of Biochemistry
4
BIOS 205
BIOS 206
Genetics, Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory
and General Genetics
6
BIOS 303Molecular Biology3
BIOS 312
BIOS 314
Microbiology
and Microbiology Laboratory
4
FORS 401
FORS 401L
Forensic Biology
and Forensic Biology Laboratory
4
FORS 404Bloodstains as Evidence1
Select 1 credit of professional electives1
Total Credit Hours23

Pre-Law: CSI Requirements (Years 1–3 Forensic Science)

ENTO 115 / BIOS 115Insect Biology3
ENTO 116 / BIOS 116Insect Identification1
AGRO 215 / HORT 215 / TLMT 215Genetics4
FORS 300Forensic Taphonomy3
FORS 400
FORS 400L
Crime Scene Investigation
and Crime Scene Investigation Laboratory
4
FORS 404Bloodstains as Evidence1
FORS 307Forensic DNA Analysis3
Select one of the following:4
Elementary Quantitative Analysis
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
Total Credit Hours23

Pre-Law: Forensic Biology and CSI Requirements (Year 4 Forensic Science/Year 1 College of Law)

LAW 503Torts I4
LAW 505
LAW 506
Property I
and Property II
6
LAW 501
LAW 502
Contracts I
and Contracts II
6
LAW 516
LAW 517
Civil Procedure I
and Civil Procedure II
6
LAW 508Criminal Law3
LAW 513
LAW 514
Legal Research and Writing
and Legal Research and Writing
6
LAW 518International Perspectives in U.S. Legal System: Practicing Law in a Global Legal Environment2
Total Credit Hours33
FORS120
Introduction to Forensic Science

Description: The United States legal system, serology, DNA analysis, crime scene investigation, comparative analysis, digital forensics, and behavioral sciences. Register for FORS 120L to go with FORS 120 as an optional one credit hour lab.

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

FORS120L
Introduction to Forensic Science Laboratory

Prerequisites: Forensic Science major or by permission

Description: Practical aspects of forensic sciences. Forensic entomology, soil science, blood spatter, fingerprints, trace evidence, odontology, footmark analysis, palynology, and osteology.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LAB

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

FORS200
Forensic Science Seminar

Prerequisites: FORS 120/L or instructor permission

Description: Current issues in research, ethics, and professional practice related to forensic science.

This course is a prerequisite for: FORS 400

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

FORS300
Forensic Taphonomy

Prerequisites: LIFE 120/121, CHEM 109/110, and FORS 120/L or instructor permission

Description: Forensic application of processes associated with decomposition and preservation of organic materials.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

FORS302
Principles of Forensic PhotographyCrosslisted with FORS 802

Prerequisites: FORS 120/L or instructor permission

Description: Concepts, techniques, analysis and interpretation of photographic evidence.

This course is a prerequisite for: FORS 803, FORS 403; FORS 804, FORS 404

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LEC
Offered:FALL

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

FORS306
Crime Scene ManagementCrosslisted with FORS 806

Prerequisites: FORS 120/L or instructor permission

Description: Critical thinking, reasoning, investigative failure, resource management, and supervision in criminal investigation.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LEC
Offered:SPRING

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

FORS307
Forensic DNA AnalysisCrosslisted with FORS 807

Prerequisites: LIFE 120/L and LIFE 121/L

Description: Basic terminology, concepts, and techniques that are currently, or have been previously used in operational crime laboratories. The concepts of laboratory techniques, measurements, analysis of the various analytical methods, and quality assurance/quality control are also included.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Offered:SUMMER

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

FORS400
Crime Scene Investigation

Prerequisites: FORS 120/L, FORS 200 and FORS 411 or instructor permission

Description: Identification, collection, preservation, presentation of physical evidence. Ethics and chain of custody.

This course is a prerequisite for: FORS 485

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

FORS400L
Crime Scene Investigation Laboratory

Prerequisites: Parallel FORS 400

FORS 400L is a lab for credit to go with FORS 400.

This course is a prerequisite for: FORS 485

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LAB

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

FORS401
Forensic Biology

Prerequisites: LIFE 120/L and LIFE 121/L, BIOS 205, BIOS 206, and FORS 120/L or instructor permission

Description: Ethics, quality assurance, quality control, analysis, and interpretation of biological evidence for the legal system.

This course is a prerequisite for: FORS 410; FORS 485

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Offered:SPRING

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

FORS401L
Forensic Biology Laboratory

Prerequisites: Parallel FORS 401

FORS 401L is a lab for credit to go with FORS 401.

This course is a prerequisite for: FORS 410; FORS 485

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LAB
Offered:SPRING

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

FORS403
Advanced Forensic PhotographyCrosslisted with FORS 803

Prerequisites: FORS 120/L or FORS 302/802 or instructor permission

Description: Advanced concepts, techniques, analysis and interpretation of photographic evidence.

This course is a prerequisite for: FORS 804, FORS 404

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LEC
Offered:SPRING

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

FORS404
Bloodstains as EvidenceCrosslisted with FORS 804

Prerequisites: FORS 120/L, FORS 302/802 or FORS 403/803 and FORS 411 or instructor permission

Description: Documentation and interpretation of geometric bloodstains, calculating probable origins, and collecting blood as a source of DNA evidence.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LEC
Offered:FALL

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

FORS410
Advanced Forensic DNA Methods

Prerequisites: FORS401/401L

Description: Provides a comprehensive description of forensic DNA analysis and includes a complete discussion of the process of forensic DNA analysis, from evidence collection to statistical analysis of DNA profiles, including the subjects of DNA extraction, quantitation, PCR amplification, allele detection, PCR artifact identification, and DNA profile interpretation. Particular attention will be given to the areas of mixed profile interpretation and statistical methods

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Offered:FALL

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

FORS411
Overview of Forensic Comparative Analysis Lab

Prerequisites: FORS 120/L or equivalent, FORS 302 or FORS 303, LIFE 120/L and LIFE 121/L or equivalent, CHEM 109 or equivalent, ENTO 115/116, STAT 218, and MATH 104 or 106 or instructor permission

This course is offered online the first 8-week session each year. Students will need access to a computer, six-inch metric scale marked in millimeters, a digital camera and an inexpensive Vanier caliper.

Description: An overview of the basic forensic comparative sciences; fingerprints; questioned document and linguistics; firearms and toolmark; footwear and tire tracks; hairs, fibers, and trace evidence; pattern injuries; and biological evidence. This is a lab course and students will be asked to do comparisons and submit them to the instructor. Ethics, error, sufficiency, reliability, validity, and other concepts relating to forensic comparative science will be discussed in the course.

This course is a prerequisite for: FORS 400; FORS 804, FORS 404

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LAB

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

FORS414
Forensic EntomologyCrosslisted with ENTO 414, ENTO 814, FORS 814

Prerequisites: Introductory course in entomology

Description: Application of entomology to legal issues. Criminal investigations, insects of forensic importance, insect succession on carrion, and case studies.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

FORS445
Human Remains in Forensic ScienceCrosslisted with FORS 845, NRES 445, NRES 845

Prerequisites: LIFE 120/L and LIFE 121/L, CHEM 109, CHEM 110, and FORS 120/L or instructor permission

Description: Forensic anthropology within the broader context of forensic sciences and physical anthropology. Decomposition and bone modification through artificial means. Determination of individual identity, diet, chronic pathology and cause of death from human remains.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

FORS446
Pollen Analysis for Behavioral, Biological and Forensic ScienceCrosslisted with FORS 846, NRES 446, NRES 846

Prerequisites: BIOS 109 and FORS 120

Description: Collection, processing, identification of common North American pollen types. Pollination ecology relating to scene reconstruction. Fundamental statistics and presentation requirements for a legal and scientific audience.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

FORS485
Current Issues in Forensic Science

Prerequisites: FORS 400/L or FORS 401/L and FORS 408, or instructor permission

Description: Application and integration of principles to address emerging issues involving forensic science.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

FORS495
Internship in Forensic Science

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing and permission.

FORS 495 requires a structured practical experience under the supervision of a forensic science professional.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:FLD

Credit Hours:1-4

ACE:

FORS496
Independent Study in Forensic Science

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing and permission.

FORS 496 requires an individual or group project in research or literature review, or extension of course work.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1-6

ACE:

FORS498
Special Topics in Forensic ScienceCrosslisted with FORS 898

Prerequisites: 3 hrs FORS or equivalent.

Description: Current issues in forensic science.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:12
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1-6

ACE:

FORS499H
Honors Thesis

Prerequisites: Good standing in the University Honors Program and permission. AGRI 299H recommended.

Description: Conduct a research project and write a University Honors Program or undergraduate thesis.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1-6

ACE:

FORS802
Principles of Forensic PhotographyCrosslisted with FORS 302

Prerequisites: FORS 120/L or instructor permission.

Description: Concepts, techniques, analysis and interpretation of photographic evidence.

This course is a prerequisite for: FORS 803, FORS 403; FORS 804, FORS 404

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LEC
Offered:FALL

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

FORS803
Advanced Forensic PhotographyCrosslisted with FORS 403

Prerequisites: FORS 120/L or FORS 402/802 or instructor permission.

Description: Advanced concepts, techniques, analysis and interpretation of photographic evidence.

This course is a prerequisite for: FORS 804, FORS 404

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LEC
Offered:SPRING

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

FORS804
Bloodstains as EvidenceCrosslisted with FORS 404

Prerequisites: FORS 120/L, FORS 402/802 or FORS 403/803 and FORS 411 or instructor permission.

Description: Documentation and interpretation of geometric bloodstains, calculating probable origins, and collecting blood as a source of DNA evidence.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LEC
Offered:FALL

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

FORS806
Crime Scene ManagementCrosslisted with FORS 306

Prerequisites: FORS 120/L or instructor permission.

Description: Critical thinking, reasoning, investigative failure, resource management, and supervision in criminal investigation.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LEC
Offered:SPRING

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

FORS807
Forensic DNA AnalysisCrosslisted with FORS 307

Prerequisites: LIFE 120/L and LIFE 121/L

Description: Basic terminology, concepts, and techniques that are currently, or have been previously used in operational crime laboratories. The concepts of laboratory techniques, measurements, analysis of the various analytical methods, and quality assurance/quality control are also included.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Offered:SUMMER

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

FORS814
Forensic EntomologyCrosslisted with ENTO 414, ENTO 814, FORS 414

Prerequisites: Introductory course in entomology

Description: Application of entomology to legal issues. Criminal investigations, insects of forensic importance, insect succession on carrion, and case studies.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

FORS820
Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation

Description: Theory and practice in forensic science. The legal system, crime scene investigation, taphonomy, and criminalistics.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

FORS845
Human Remains in Forensic ScienceCrosslisted with FORS 445, NRES 445, NRES 845

Prerequisites: LIFE 120/L and LIFE 121/L, CHEM 109, CHEM 110, and FORS 120/L or instructor permission.

Description: Forensic anthropology within the broader context of forensic sciences and physical anthropology. Decomposition and bone modification through artificial means. Determination of individual identity, diet, chronic pathology and cause of death from human remains.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

FORS846
Pollen Analysis for Behavioral, Biological and Forensic ScienceCrosslisted with FORS 446, NRES 446, NRES 846

Prerequisites: BIOS 109 and FORS 120.

Description: Collection, processing, identification of common North American pollen types. Pollination ecology relating to scene reconstruction. Fundamental statistics and presentation requirements for a legal and scientific audience.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

FORS898
Special Topics in Forensic ScienceCrosslisted with FORS 498

Prerequisites: 3 hrs FORS or equivalent.

Description: Current issues in forensic science.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:12
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1-6

ACE:

PLEASE NOTE
This document represents a sample 4-year plan for degree completion with this major. Actual course selection and sequence may vary and should be discussed individually with your college or department academic advisor. Advisors also can help you plan other experiences to enrich your undergraduate education such as internships, education abroad, undergraduate research, learning communities, and service learning and community-based learning.

Career Information

The following represents a sample of the internships, jobs and graduate school programs that current students and recent graduates have reported.

Jobs of Recent Graduates

  • Military Intelligence, United States Air Force - Goodfellow AFB TX
  • Bioanalytical Analyst, Celerion - Lincoln NE
  • Case Inventory Tech, Ron Smith and Associates - Lorton VA
  • DNA Lab Tech, GeneSeek - Lincoln NE
  • Police Officer, City of Lincoln - LINCOLN NE

Internships

  • Intern, FBI - Lincoln NE
  • Research Intern, Institute of Environmental Science Research - Auckland, New Zealand ZZ
  • Student Trainee in Biological Sciences, US Department of Agriculture - Lincoln NE
  • Intern, Criminal Investigation Division - Washington DC
  • Drug Lab Intern, Honolulu Police Dept Scientific Investigation - Honolulu HI

Grad Schools

  • M.S. Crime Scene Investigation, George Washington University - Washington D.C. DC
  • M.S. Forensic Science, University of California - Davis - Davis CA
  • M.D., University of Nebraska Medical Center - Omaha NE
  • M.A. Secondary Science Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE
  • J.D., Southern Methodist University - Dallas TX