Forensic Investigation Concentration

 

The Forensic Investigation* Concentration (formerly Investigative Track) is designed for students who have a social science background (i.e., psychology, sociology, criminal justice, criminology) and intend to work in a non-laboratory setting. Note: This concentration requires the completion of a formal thesis OR a formal internship and comprehensive exam. Internships and the beginning of data collection typically occur during the summer between the first and second years of the program, and may require the student to remain in Lubbock or travel to the internship or data collection location.

Sample Course Schedule

Year 1

 

Fall Semester Schedule

COURSE NUMBER

 

FSCI 5308

FSCI 5251

ENTX 5353

 

COURSE NAME

 

Fundamentals of Forensic Science

Serial Crime

Research Methods in Forensic Science

Approved Elective (1 of 3)

 

Total Credit Hours

CREDIT HOURS

 

3

2

3

3

 

11

Spring Semester Schedule

COURSE NUMBER

 

FSCI 5331

FSCI 5352

ENTX 5350

FSCI 5259

FSCI 5101

COURSE NAME

 

Forensic Science and the Law

Ethics in Forensic Science

Crime Scene Investigation

Victimology

Seminar in Forensic Science

 

Total Credit Hours

CREDIT HOURS

 

3

3

3

2

1

 

12

Summer Semester Schedule

COURSE NUMBER

 

BTEC 6031

 

COURSE NAME

 

Internship

 

Total Credit Hours

CREDIT HOURS

 

3

 

3

Year 2

 

Fall Semester Schedule

COURSE NUMBER

 

BTEC 6301

FSCI 5258

 

COURSE NAME

 

Introduction to Biotechnology

Profiling and Investigative Science

Approved Elective (2 of 3)

 

Total Credit Hours

CREDIT HOURS

 

3

2

3

 

 

8

Spring Semester Schedule

COURSE NUMBER

 

FSCI 5355

FSCI 5260

 

FSCI 6031

COURSE NAME

 

Instrumental Methods for Trace Evidence Analysis

Report Writing and Expert Testimony

Approved Elective (3 of 3)

Internship

 

Total Credit Hours

CREDIT HOURS

 

3

2

3

3

 

8

Total credit hours needed for M.S. degree in Forensic Science: 45 hours

 

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