Degrees and Requirements

Biology with Forensics

This major prepares students for employment or graduate studies in biological sciences with forensic applications, including such professions as a crime lab scientist or a member of a criminal investigations team.

To successfully complete the biology major, the following course work is required:

 

  • 36 credits in biology (2 of which must be in seminar)
  • 43 credits in chemistry, mathematics and physics
  • 13 credits in criminal justice
  • 31 CORE curriculum credits.

A minimum of 123 credits is required for graduation, the last 30 of which must be completed at La Roche College.

Summary of Requirements

Advanced Science: 3 credits- choose one course

  • CHEM3026
    INORGANIC CHEMISTRY |

    CHEM3026
    INORGANIC CHEMISTRY |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course addresses structure and bonding in inorganic compounds, with an emphasis on the transition metals. It includes an introduction to group theory and related symmetry studies. The spectroscopy of inorganic compounds is also explored. A discussion of semiconductors is included.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    CHEM2016

Biology Component: 36 credits

  • BIOL1003
    GENERAL BIOLOGY I |

    BIOL1003
    GENERAL BIOLOGY I |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A presentation of a comprehensive survey of the major area within modern biology with emphasis placed on unsolved problems and the nature of scientific evidence. The course explores the properties of living matter on the molecular, cellular and organismic level. Open to all science majors and non-science majors with a strong interest in biology or a professional need.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    Concurrent: BIOL1005

  • BIOL1004
    GENERAL BIOLOGY II |

    BIOL1004
    GENERAL BIOLOGY II |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A presentation of a comprehensive survey of the major area within modern biology with emphasis placed on unsolved problems and the nature of scientific evidence. The course explores the properties of living matter on the molecular, cellular and organismic level. Open to all science majors and non-science majors with a strong interest in biology or a professional need.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    BIOL1003 & BIOL1005, Concurrent: BIOL1006

  • BIOL1005
    GENERAL BIOLOGY I-LAB |

    BIOL1005
    GENERAL BIOLOGY I-LAB |

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    Selected experiments chosen to emphasize principles presented in the General Biology lecture courses.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    coreg: BIOL1003

  • BIOL1006
    GENERAL BIOLOGY II-LAB |

    BIOL1006
    GENERAL BIOLOGY II-LAB |

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    Selected experiments chosen to emphasize principles presented in the General Biology lecture courses.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • BIOL2025
    MICROBIOLOGY |

    BIOL2025
    MICROBIOLOGY |

    Credits (Min/Max): 4/4

    An examination of the morphology and physiology of microorganisms with emphasis on their relationship to their environment. Topics include food, water, soil, industrial, and medical microbiology, microbial genetics, and microbial diversity. The laboratory work introduces the student to both the organisms and the techniques necessary to study them. Lecture and laboratory course.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    BIOL1004 & BIOL1006

  • BIOL2025L
    MICROBIOLOGY-LAB |

    BIOL2025L
    MICROBIOLOGY-LAB |

    Credits (Min/Max): 0/0

    Laboratory for BIOL2025 Microbiology |

    PREREQUISITES:

  • BIOL3013
    GENETICS |

    BIOL3013
    GENETICS |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A study of the basic principles of heredity including Mendelian, molecular and population genetics. Topics will include the cellular functions that give rise to inherited traits, the genetic basis for evolution, the role of genetics in biotechnology, and the statistical basis for predicting the probability of inheriting certain traits.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    BIOL1004 & BIOL1006

  • BIOL3014
    GENETICS-LAB |

    BIOL3014
    GENETICS-LAB |

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    Selected experiments will emphasize the principles presented in the lecture course.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • BIOL3026
    CELL BIOLOGY |

    BIOL3026
    CELL BIOLOGY |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A survey course in cell biology. The ultra structure of the Eukaryotic plant and animal cell are examined and related to cell function. Special emphasis is placed on membrane structure and functions.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    BIOL1004 & BIOL1006

  • BIOL3036
    BIOCHEMISTRY I(CHEM3036) |

    BIOL3036
    BIOCHEMISTRY I(CHEM3036) |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    An introduction to the biochemical metabolism of the living cell. Cellular structure, macromolecules, metabolic pathways, energy transformations, regulatory mechanisms and molecular genetics are discussed. Cross-listed with CHEM3036 |

    PREREQUISITES:

    CHEM2015

  • BIOL3037
    BIOCHEMISTRY I-LAB(CHEM3037) |

    BIOL3037
    BIOCHEMISTRY I-LAB(CHEM3037) |

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    An introduction to current biochemical techniques including thin layer and column and gas chromatography, electrophoresis, spectrophotometry, and DNA technology.Cross-listed with CHEM3037|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • BIOL3038
    BIOCHEMISTRY II(CHEM3038) |

    BIOL3038
    BIOCHEMISTRY II(CHEM3038) |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A continuation of BIOL3036. The course covers advanced aspects of macromolecular structure, regulatory enzymes, intermediary metabolism (to include photosynthesis, biological oxidation and the chemosmotic theory, metabolic control mechanisms), signal transduction and hormonal regulation of metabolism, and molecular aspects of the nucleic acids and genetic engineering.Cross-listed with CHEM3038|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • BIOL3045
    PATHOGENIC MICROBIOLOGY |

    BIOL3045
    PATHOGENIC MICROBIOLOGY |

    Credits (Min/Max): 2/2

    This course is an examination of how microbes cause disease, particularly in humans. The course focuses on the basic principles of pathogenesis and provides examples of the disease process caused by certain bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    BIOL2025

  • BIOL3050
    POPULATION GENETICS |

    BIOL3050
    POPULATION GENETICS |

    Credits (Min/Max): 2/2

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    PREREQUISITES:

  • BIOL4030
    MOLECULAR BIOLOGY |

    BIOL4030
    MOLECULAR BIOLOGY |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    Molecular Biology is an introduction to the study of selected biological processes from a molecular perspective. Both eukaryotes and prokaryotes will be included. The molecular basis of the biosynthesis of macromolecules, intercellular and intracellular communication, genetics, immunology, infectious diseases and cancer will be discussed.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    BIOL1004 & BIOL1006 & CHEM2016 & CHEM2016L

  • BIOL4031
    MOLECULAR BIOLOGY-LAB |

    BIOL4031
    MOLECULAR BIOLOGY-LAB |

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    Molecular Biology Laboratory is an introduction to current molecular biology techniques including DNA and RNA extraction from cells, recombinant DNA cloning, electrophoresis and nucleic acid hybridizations (Southern blots and Northern blots), polymerase chain reaction and DNA sequencing. A project-based approach will be used. Both eukaryotes and prokaryotes will be studied.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • BIOL4059
    SEMINAR IN BIOLOGY |

    BIOL4059
    SEMINAR IN BIOLOGY |

    Credits (Min/Max): 2/2

    The course consists of meetings for discussion of special topics selected from various areas of scientific investigation of recent or historical origin. Reports are given on results of literature studies.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    JR/SR Status & BIOL1004 & CHEM1002

Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics: 43 credits

  • CHEM1001
    GENERAL CHEMISTRY I |

    CHEM1001
    GENERAL CHEMISTRY I |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A study of the basic principles governing matter, energy and matter-energy interaction. Topics include atomic structure, bonding theory, aggregated states of matter, stoichiometry, thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium and electrochemistry.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    Concurrent: CHEM1003

  • CHEM1002
    GENERAL CHEMISTRY II |

    CHEM1002
    GENERAL CHEMISTRY II |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A study of the basic principles governing matter, energy and matter-energy interaction. Topics include atomic structure, bonding theory, aggregated states of matter, stoichiometry, thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium and electrochemistry.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    Concurrent: CHEM1004

  • CHEM1003
    GENERAL CHEMISTRY I-LAB |

    CHEM1003
    GENERAL CHEMISTRY I-LAB |

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    A series of experiments related to the content of CHEM1001 emphasizing laboratory techniques and familiarization with basic laboratory equipment. Open to all science majors and non-science majors with a strong interest in chemistry or a professional need.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • CHEM1004
    GENERAL CHEMISTRY II-LAB |

    CHEM1004
    GENERAL CHEMISTRY II-LAB |

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    A series of experiments related to the content of CHEM1002, emphasizing laboratory techniques and familiarization with basic laboratory equipment. Open to all science majors and non-science majors with a strong interest in chemistry or a professional need.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • CHEM2015
    ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I |

    CHEM2015
    ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A study of the classification and characterization of organic compounds, their preparation, properties and reactions. The application of modern organic theories to these subjects is stressed. Topics include nomenclature, bond theory, stereochemistry, synthesis, mechanisms, and structure determination by instrumental methods. Lecture and laboratory course.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    CHEM1002 concurrent: CHEM2015L

  • CHEM2015L
    ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I-LAB |

    CHEM2015L
    ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I-LAB |

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    Laboratory for CHEM2015|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • CHEM2016
    ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II |

    CHEM2016
    ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A study of the classification and characterization of organic compounds, their preparation, properties and reactions. The application of modern organic theories to these subjects is stressed. Topics include nomenclature, bond theory, stereochemistry, synthesis, mechanisms, and structure determination by instrumental methods. Lecture and laboratory course.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    CHEM2015 concurrent: CHEM2016L

  • CHEM2016L
    ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II-LAB |

    CHEM2016L
    ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II-LAB |

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    Lab for CHEM2016 Organic Chemistry|

    PREREQUISITES:

    CHEM2015L

  • CHEM3011
    ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY I |

    CHEM3011
    ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY I |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A study of the application of theoretical principles to quantitative analysis. The concept of chemical equilibrium is thoroughly discussed. Current analytical techniques are presented both in lecture and laboratory. Topics include the theory and practice of gravimetric analysis, volumetric analysis, spectrophotometric analysis and gas chromatography. Lecture and laboratory course.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    CHEM1002 concurrent: CHEM3011L

  • CHEM3011L
    ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY I-LAB |

    CHEM3011L
    ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY I-LAB |

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    Laboratory for CHEM3011 Analytical Chemistry I|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • CHEM3012
    ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY II: INSTRUMENTAL METHODS OF ANALYSIS |

    CHEM3012
    ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY II: INSTRUMENTAL METHODS OF ANALYSIS |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    The fundamental principles and instrumentation used in optical spectroscopy, chromatography, nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry, mass spectrometry, and electroanalytical chemistry are explored. Practical aspects such as data acquisition and analysis, operating characteristics, sensitivity and selectivity of instrumentation used by physical and biological scientists are examined. Lecture and laboratory course.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    CHEM3011 concurrent: CHEM3012L

  • CHEM3012L
    ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY II-LAB |

    CHEM3012L
    ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY II-LAB |

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    Laboratory for CHEM3012 Analytical Chemistry II|

    PREREQUISITES:

    CHEM3011L

  • MATH1032
    ANALYTIC GEOMETRY & CALCULUS I |

    MATH1032
    ANALYTIC GEOMETRY & CALCULUS I |

    Credits (Min/Max): 4/4

    The first semester of a three-semester integrated course in the elements of analytic geometry and differential and integral calculus. Included are the concept and applications of the derivative of a function of a single variable, differentiation of polynomials and the trigonometric functions, the chain, product and quotient rules, implicit differentiation, and differentials. Concludes with anti-differentiation, integration, area under graphs of functions and applications.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    MATH1010

  • MATH1033
    ANALYTIC GEOMETRY & CALCULUS II |

    MATH1033
    ANALYTIC GEOMETRY & CALCULUS II |

    Credits (Min/Max): 4/4

    A continuation of MATH1032 including applications of the definite integral, area, arc length, volumes and surface area, centroids, average value and theorem of the mean for definite integrals. Derivatives and integrals of transcendental functions are followed by techniques of integration, L'Hopital's Rule and indeterminate forms and improper integrals. Also included are conic sections and polar coordinates.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    MATH1032

  • MATH1040
    PROBABILITY & STATISTICS |

    MATH1040
    PROBABILITY & STATISTICS |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    The study of the fundamentals of probability theory with applications to natural and social sciences as well as to mathematics. Discrete and continuous distributions, sampling theory, linear correlation, regression, statistical inference, estimation and analysis of variance are included.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    MATH1010

  • PHYS1032
    GENERAL PHYSICS I |

    PHYS1032
    GENERAL PHYSICS I |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This is the first of a three-semester introduction to calculus-based physics stressing experimental and problem-solving techniques. Concepts covered are mechanics, kinematics, Newton’s laws of motion, conservation laws, rotational motion, gravitation, oscillation, and wave/acoustics.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    MATH1032, Coreq: PHYS1032L

  • PHYS1032L
    GENERAL PHYSICS I-LAB |

    PHYS1032L
    GENERAL PHYSICS I-LAB |

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    Laboratory for PHYS1032 General Physics I|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • PHYS1033
    GENERAL PHYSICS II |

    PHYS1033
    GENERAL PHYSICS II |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    The second of a three-semester introduction to calculus-based physics. Concepts covered are thermal properties and electromagnetism: thermo dynamics, electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic wave, geometrical optics, and physics optics.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    PHYS1032, Coreq: PHYS1033L

  • PHYS1033L
    GENERAL PHYSICS II-LAB |

    PHYS1033L
    GENERAL PHYSICS II-LAB |

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    Laboratory for PHYS1033 General Physics II|

    PREREQUISITES:

Criminal Justice: 13 credits

  • CRIM1001
    INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE |

    CRIM1001
    INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This introductory course will introduce criminal justice as a system that is an institutional agent of American society. The components of police, courts, and corrections are discussed with the goal of defining their function and purpose and interdependence on one another. The patterns of crime and the processes of the American Criminal Justice System, law enforcement, judicial process, and corrections will be examined. Students will learn the terminology of the field, examine the methods of inquiry used in the field, and learn the objectives, policies and procedures of probation, parole, and prisons as well as some of the issues and problems.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • CRIM3010
    CRIMINAL LAW |

    CRIM3010
    CRIMINAL LAW |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    The basic principles of substantive criminal law will be illustrated. Concepts and patterns of criminal law and procedure will be discussed. The elements of specific crimes will be analyzed through case study. Public policy and the legal principles for determining criminal and civil liability will be considered.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    Seniors Only

  • CRIM3041
    CRIMINALISTICS |

    CRIM3041
    CRIMINALISTICS |

    Credits (Min/Max): 4/4

    A comprehensive examination of the application of science to the physical evidence of a crime. Crime scene processing procedures will be linked to the laboratory analysis of physical evidence. The course will also include training in scientific report writing and courtroom testimony, to include a moot court exercise.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    CRIM1001 & BIOL1004 & CHEM1002

  • CRIM3045
    CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS |

    CRIM3045
    CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course covers the fundamentals of criminal investigation. It concentrates on the essentials of securing a crime scene, modus operandi of perpetrators, sources of information, principles of careful observation and recording interview/interrogation and case preparation. |

    PREREQUISITES:

    CRIM1001