FORENSIC SCIENCE

        Forensic Analysis Track

        Forensic Biochemistry Track

 

Master of Science

College of Arts and Science

 

Two tracks in the Master of Science in Forensic Science are provided to full-time students and practicing professionals who desire an advanced program of study in the forensic analysis of biological materials. The Forensic Analysis Track emphasizes the application of modern chromatographic, spectroscopic and micro-analytical techniques to problems in forensic science.The Forensic Biochemistry Track has a strong biochemistry-DNA focus to serve the needs of supervisory personnel in DNA sections of crime laboratories. National DNA standards mandate that such personnel have advanced degrees.

 

The forensic science core courses are unique and were designed for presentation as distributed learning courses using the World Wide Web. For more information, visit the Forensic Science Track website at: www.cas.ucf.edu/chemistry.

 

ADMISSIONS

 

Requirements

Students are expected to have a BS degree in Forensic Science or a related field that provides the background necessary to complete the required course of study. Students must have the required prerequisites or the consent of the instructor for all course work. Prerequisites for each course listed below, along with the course description, can be found in the Graduate Catalog at www.ucf.edu/catalog/ .

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Graduate Catalog. Applicants are encouraged to apply online. Please be sure to submit all requested material by the established deadline(s).

In addition to the general graduate admission requirements, applicants should note: The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required of all applicants to this program. Minimal requirements for admission include a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 for the last 60 attempted semester hours of undergraduate study or a score of at least 1000 on the combined quantitative-verbal sections of the GRE.

         The departmental evaluation requires two letters of recommendation and a resume with employment history.

         Each applicant must submit a short written statement describing their motivation for seeking an advanced degree in Forensic Science. The written statement should not exceed 150 words.

          

         For applicants from countries where English is not the official language, or for an applicant whose bachelorís degree is not from an accredited U.S. institution, an official score of at least 220 (computer-based test; or equivalent score on the paper-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required.

Application Due Dates

All students applying for fellowships or assistantships must apply by the Fall Priority deadline date.

U.S. Applicants

Fall Priority Fall†††††† †††† Spring††††††††††† Summer

Feb 1†† ††††††††††† July 15 ††††† Dec 1†† April 15

International Applicants

Fall Priority Fall†††††† †††† Spring

Feb 1†† ††††††††††† Feb 1†† ††††† July 1

 

 

Curriculum Content: (32 hours total)

 

Forensic Science is a highly interdisciplinary science, as reflected in the following program of study. The interdisciplinary nature of the program makes it imperative that students seek advising from faculty members on the content of courses to ensure that they have the appropriate background to master the course content. Up to 6 hours of graduate credit for advanced courses taken at another approved institution can be accepted with approval of the program administrator. A maximum of 6 semester credit hours at the 4000 level will be accepted.

 

Foundation Subjects: (9 hours)

 

        CHS 5596 The Forensic Expert in the Courtroom 3(3,0) Web delivery

        CHS 5xxx Principles of Forensic Science 3(3,0) Web delivery

        CHS 6513: Quality Assurance Principles for Forensic Scientists 3(3,0) {previously, Quality Assurance and Bioinformation CHS 6513 3(3,0) web delivery}

 

Forensic Analysis Track: (16 hours)

 

        STA 5206: Statistical Analysis 3(2,3) or equivalent

        CHM 5235: Applied Molecular Spectroscopy 3(3,0)

        CHM 5xxx: Atomic Spectroscopic Methods 3(2,3)

        CHM 6xxx: Forensic Analysis Laboratory 4(2,3). Web delivery with 1-week UCF-residency requirement.

        Specialization within the track, choose one of the following

1.)    CHS 6xxx: Explosives and Accelerants Analysis 3(3,0) Web delivery

2.)    CHS 6xxx: Forensic Micro-analytical Techniques 3(3,0) Web delivery

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Forensic Biochemistry Track: (16 hours)

 

        CHS 6535L: Forensic DNA Analysis of Biological Materials 3(1,6) Web delivery with 1 week UCF-residency requirement

        CHS 6535: Forensic Molecular Biology 3(3,0) {Previously, Forensic Analysis of Biological Materials CHS 6535 2(2,0) Web delivery}

        CHS 6536 Population Genetics and Genetic Data Analysis for Forensic Scientists 3(3,0) (Previously, Forensic Analysis of DNA Data CHS 6536 2(2,0) Web delivery)

        PCB 5665C: Human Genetics 4(3,2)

        BCH 6xxx Advanced Biochemistry 3(3,0)

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Thesis Research:

        CHM 6971: Thesis Research (7 hours or as needed to meet the required 32 hours). The grounding in scientific research methodology provided by the Thesis requirement is a central focus of the proposed program. Students will conduct research on site or at the professional laboratories where they work. In either case, a member of the UCF Forensic Science faculty will act as research advisor and approve the research topic. The research culminates in the writing and presentation of the thesis. The student will present the thesis for examination by committee consisting of two UCF faculty members and at least one other acknowledged forensic expert in the field. The thesis must be judged worthy of publication by the review committee, and may not be submitted for examination until so deemed. The studentís research advisor will select the thesis examination committee. For non-resident students, the thesis advisor will visit the student laboratory, where the research is to be performed, before the research begins and on a regular basis until the work is complete.

 

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Contact Information:

College of Arts and Sciences

Chemistry Department: 407-823-2246

http://www.cas.ucf.edu/chemistry

 

Forensic Biochemistry Track

Jack Ballantyne, Ph.D.

407-823-0163

jballant@mail.ucf.edu

 

Forensic Analysis Track

Michael Sigman, Ph.D.

407-823-2120

msigman@mail.ucf.edu