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Forensic Science, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Murfreesboro, TN, United States
Students interested in a degree in Forensic Science, an interdisciplinary major offered by the departments of Biology, Chemistry, and Criminal Justice Administration can pursue a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. The program is housed in the College of Basic and Applied Sciences,
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  • Though forensic science may not be as glamorous as shown on film and television, the field and its practitioners are on the front lines in the fight to put “justice” in the justice system. A joint offering by the departments of Biology, Chemistry, and Criminal Justice Administration, MTSU's Forensic Science program offers preparation to its graduates for advanced study in forensic science or employment in public crime laboratories, specialized private laboratories, and law enforcement agencies. It also helps students understand the role of the forensic scientist in the criminal justice systems, preparing them to present oral and written findings to the court.
  • Though a relatively new program, MTSU's Forensic Science program has already made a name for itself, attracting a diverse group of degree seekers. For MTSU junior Jillian Bower, the program is the key to becoming a DNA analyst. “MTSU provides the scholarly investment, instrumental resources, and tangible experience that I need to emerge competent on the professional level,” Bowers says. For Brad McCrary, an early interest in becoming a doctor evolved into a fascination with the difficult medical mysteries that abound in Forensic Anthropology. He hopes to use a degree in Forensic Science as a stepping stone to medical school and, from there, a career as a medical examiner. “Forensics isn't for everyone,” McCrary says. “You have to have dedication, morals, and a strong stomach. But some people, like me, just stumble upon it and fall in love.”
  • Through the Forensic Institute for Research and Education (FIRE) and the Forensic Anthropology Search and Recovery Team (FASR) in the College of Liberal Arts, students have opportunities to work with law enforcement agencies in the recovery and documentation of skeletal remains from crime scenes. “[The Forensic Anthropology Search and Recovery (FASR) Team] has come out on several cases with me, and they're wonderful. They're incredibly mature and very knowledgeable.” —Denise Martin, lead death investigator for the State Medical Examiner's Office.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • FRSC 3010 - Forensics Junior Seminar
  • FRSC 4010 - Forensics Senior Seminar
  • FRSC 4020 - Forensics Internship
  • FSBI 4301 . Instruction in theory and application of humoral and cellular mechanisms of immunity.
  • FSBI 4301 - Immunology Lab
  • FSBI 4550 - Biotechnology
  • FSCH 3531 - Principles of Biochemistry Lab
  • FSCH 4230 - Instrumental Analysis in Forensic Science
  • FSCJ 2400 - Judicial Process
  • FSCJ 4330 - Criminal Investigations
  • FSCJ 4340 - Crime Scene Investigation

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

General requirements
  • Application form for admission
  • $30 application fee
  • International Certificate of Immunization
  • Financial statement indicating sources of support
  • Certificate of Freedom from Tuberculosis
  • All foreign non-immigrant students applying for admission pursuant to a student visa shall submit within thirty (30) days from the first day of classes a certificate from a licensed physician or other qualified medical authority verifying freedom from tuberculosis. Failure to submit such certification shall result in denial of admission (immediate withdrawal from classes) or continued enrollment. In the event that a student has tuberculosis or has potential tuberculosis requiring medical treatment, continued enrollment will be conditioned upon the determination by a licensed physician that further enrollment is not a risk to others and upon the student's compliance with any prescribed medical treatment program.
  • Submit Varicella (chickenpox) form
For undergraduate admissions, submit the following to the International Admissions Office (Campus Box 120, Peck Hall 216, Murfreesboro, TN 37132, USA):
  • TOEFL - an official iBT score of 61 or above (173 or above cbt or 500 or above paper-based);
  • IELTS - an official score of 5.5 or above;
  • iTEP - an official score of 3.6 or above.
In lieu of the TOEFL or IELTS, you may submit the following:
  • ELS passing of Level 110 in place of the above examinations - applicants may submit an official academic record demonstrating successful completion of ELS Language Center Level 110.
If residing in the US and applicable, please submit the following:
  • a copy of the I-94;
  • a copy of the I-20 ID;
  • copy of passport expiration page;
  • copy of visa page of passport.
  • Minimum grade point average is 3.0/4.0 for freshmen and 2.0/4.0 for transfer students

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1034 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1034 USD per module and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    337 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 337 USD per module and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Murfreesboro

  • 1123 - 2090 USD/month
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