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Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC)

School of Adult and Graduate Education
Blaney Hall 105

Lawrence A. Quarino, Ph.D.
Director/Professor, Forensic Science
610-437-4471 ext. 3567


The Master of Science program in forensic science requires 50 graduate credits which includes courses in the major areas of criminalistics as well as courses dealing with professional forensic science practice.  Below is a typical course sequence for the program.

Fall I

FSC 503 Professional Communication 2 credits
FSC 505 Separations Chemistry 2 credits
FSC 506 Analytical Spectroscopy2 credits
FSC 513 Advanced Microscopy(lab component) 3 credits
FSC 515 Advanced Pattern Analysis (lab component) 3 credits
CHE 307 Biochemistry I*  3 credits

Spring I

BIO 548 Research Design and Statistics 3 credits
FSC 500 Thesis Prospectus 2 credit
FSC 510 Recent Advances in Forensic Biology (lab component) 4 credits
FSC 511 Molecular Biology 3 credits
BIO 317 Genetics* 3 credits

Summer I

FSC 503 Research 6 credits          
FSC 519 Using Multivariate Statistics in Forensic Science 1 credit

Fall II               

FSC 507 Forensic Chemistry 3 credits
FSC 508 Forensic Pharmacology and Toxicology 3 credits
FSC 516 Forensic Chemistry/Toxicology Lab 2 credits
FSC 599 Continuing Research 1 credit

Spring II

FSC 504 Seminar 1 credit
FSC 509 Advanced Crime Scene Reconstruction (lab component) 3 credits
FSC 517 Forensic Quality Assurance, Control and Management 2 credits          
FSC 518 Legal, Ethical, and Administrative Issues in Forensic Science 3 credits
FSC 599 Continuing Research 1 credit

*not required if taken on undergraduate level