CATALOG • 2010-2011
Forensic Science – Concentration
For information, contact Dr. Lawrence Quarino.
The forensic science concentration at Cedar Crest
College is unique in that it combines many of the most exciting educational
features into one package. The concentration is integrated,
multi-disciplinary and highly applied and offers a foundation from which to
launch a career in forensic science. Students in the program have
opportunities to interact with forensic professionals, work on forensic
research projects, and apply for internships.
The liberal arts component provides exposure to
disciplines and develops skills that will be important when students are
called upon to act as expert witnesses, communicate with law enforcement
personnel, and present their work to the public.
Students must apply to the concentration in their
sophomore year to the director of the forensic science program. Students
will be admitted unconditionally to the forensic science program if
they did not receive a grade of C- or below in BIO 121, BIO 122, CHE
111, CHE 112, MAT 141, and MAT 142. If a student receives a C- or below in any
of these courses, she will be conditionally accepted into the program.
During the conditional acceptance period, students can begin to take
coursework in the forensic science concentration. However, students with
conditional acceptance status must repeat the deficient course(s) within
one academic year and receive the requisite grade. Students who do
not will be dropped from the program.
Students who are not in the forensic science
concentration may register for CHE 241, 347, and 348 to fulfill degree
requirements for a particular major. Only students in the forensic science
concentration will be allowed to register for CHE 349.
Requirements for the Forensic Science
In addition to the core requirements of the major in
chemistry, biochemistry, biology, or genetic engineering, the following
courses are required for the concentration in forensic science:
CHE 111 Chemical Principles 4 credits
CHE 112 Chemical Equilibrium and Analysis 4 credits
CHE 205 Organic Chemistry I 4 credits
CHE 206 Organic Chemistry II 4 credits
CHE 241 Crime Scene Pattern
Analysis 4 credits
CHE 302 Instrumental Analysis 4 credits
CHE 307 Biochemistry I 4 credits
CHE 347 Trace Evidence and Microscopy 4 credits
CHE 348 Forensic Molecular Biology 4 credits
CHE 349 Professional Issues in Forensic Science 3
BIO 121 Principles of Biology I 4 credits
BIO 122 Principles of Biology II 4 credits
BIO 236 Cell and Molecular Biology 4
BIO 248 Biostatistics 3 credits
BIO 313 Advanced Mendelian and Population
Genetics 3 credits
MAT 141 Calculus I 3 credits
MAT 142 Calculus II 3 credits
PHI 200 Ethics 3 credits
PHY 101 Introductory College Physics I 4 credits
PHY 102 Introductory College Physics II 4 credits
Students are also required to register for 2
semesters of research.
CHE 391 and CHE 392 Chemistry Research, or BIO 353 Biology Research (2 semesters), 6 or 4 credits. Biology or Genetic Engineering majors in the concentration who are in the Honors program can take the Concentrated Research Creativity Track for the Honors Program in lieu of 2 semesters of BIO 353.
Last Updated: 7/8/10