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Forensics (Biological Sciences), B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #1001 (WUR) West Hattiesburg, MS, United States
The field of forensic science is diverse and multi-faceted. Beginning with the collection of evidence at a crime scene, the use of forensic science is important throughout the legal process. This Forensics (Biological Sciences) program is offered by University of Southern Mississippi.
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Overview

What Does a Forensic Scientist Do?

Students are introduced to and trained on the various forensic techniques used in the field and in the laboratory environment and the use of forensic testimony in the courtroom. Students are able to select an emphasis area and focus their course of study in one of the four following concentrations: Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry or Criminal Justice.

Coursework

Coursework of the Forensics (Biological Sciences) program from University of Southern Mississippi includes the following:

  • Crime Scene Documentation
  • Fingerprinting
  • Drug Identification
  • Toxicology
  • Forensic Analysis
  • Forensic Biology
  • Arson

Outcomes

  • Various professions within the criminal justice field collectively employ approximately three (3) million people.
  • Careers as a crime lab or evidence technician, crime scene investigator, fire/ arson investigator, accident reconstruction, claims adjuster, and other areas.
  • Students acquire the necessary foundation to pursue graduate school.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • The Human Experience: A Global Perspective on Human Diversity 
  • Concepts of Wellness 
  • Basic Economics 
  • World Geography: Dynamics of a Changing Earth
  • American Government 
  • General Psychology 
  • Understanding Society: Principles of Sociology 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    71

    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.

  • Minimum required score:

    6

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  • Minimum required score:

    525

    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

Requirements include:

  • A $40 application fee
  • Official transcripts
  • A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Test System (IELTS) scores.

Strong freshman applicants will present a 2.5 minimum GPA in core academic subjects. Core requirements for academic units/hours vary for freshmen and transfers.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    355 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 355 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    355 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 355 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for West Hattiesburg

  • 800 - 1300 USD/month
    Living Costs

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