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Forensic Science, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Cullowhee, NC, United States
Forensic Science is the application of scientific principles and methods to determine facts of legal significance. At Western Carolina University, the multidisciplinary forensic science program provides students with the training necessary to succeed as professionals in this exciting discipline.
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Key facts:

  • Designed by Program Director Mark R. Wilson, a longtime FBI special agent, the curriculum specifically prepares students for work in crime laboratories. Students receive instruction and hands-on training from a highly qualified forensic faculty. Using scientific equipment and instrumentation found in crime laboratories worldwide, they conduct their work in state-of-the-art facilities such as the DNA research laboratories.
  • Forensic Science curriculum focuses heavily on science and mathematics, and includes courses in anthropology, applied criminology, biology, chemistry, clinical laboratory science, physics and psychology. Prior to acceptance into the program, students must satisfy a core set of required basic science courses, including General Biology, General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry. The program offers a biology and chemistry concentration. The biology concentration prepares students for work in crime laboratories as DNA technicians, while the chemistry concentration prepares them for analytical chemistry work in crime laboratories. Students in both concentrations are encouraged to conduct research and present their findings at conferences.
  • Western Carolina University forensic science graduates are prepared for a wide variety of careers and graduate or professional training. Graduates obtain careers as forensic laboratory technicians, molecular biology technicians, analytical chemists and forensic research assistants. Places of employment can include police or sheriff’s offices, federal agencies, universities and private laboratories. Graduates interested in advanced or professional training may choose further study in biology, chemistry and forensic science or enroll in medical or pharmacy school.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Forensic Science curriculum include:

  • Principles of Biology 
  • General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Calculus
  • Statistical Methods 
  • Forensic Biology
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Criminal Justice and Criminology 
  • Crime Scene Investigations
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Research in Forensic Science
  • Cooperative Education in Forensic Science
  • The Scientific Method
  • Physical Methods in Forensic Science
  • Senior Seminar in Forensic Science

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.

  • Minimum required score:


    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.

  • Minimum required score:


    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

  • Be sure that you complete the correct application. Be sure to be truthful, accurate and thorough. 
    • Application fee: This required, nonrefundable processing fee should be submitted at the time of application. The online application provides information about electronic submission of the application fee.
    • A majority of first-year prospective students submit an application prior to high school completion. An official high school transcript (or its equivalent) showing work completed to date is required at the time of application and prior to application deadlines. 
    • First-year applicants are required to submit official SAT I or ACT scores. Applicants are encouraged to take the same type of test at least twice (once in the spring of the junior year and once in the fall of the senior year) and may consider taking both the SAT I and ACT based upon score results.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cullowhee

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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