Loyola University Maryland

Forensic Studies

Major

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The Forensic Studies major provides a solid foundation in the natural sciences and applied through courses in biology, chemistry, and physics, complemented by rigorous focus on biological and chemical concepts and analytical thinking through coursework in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematical sciences, physics, and statistics. 

Students will also experience and receive training in multi-disciplinary approaches to forensic studies; analyses applied to criminal and civil investigations; matters of administrative law; exploration of factors and events that influence individuals and groups to engage in criminal activity or commit acts of violence; and examination of issues that threaten national security and the tactics to counter such threats. 

Loyola's Forensic Studies program will develop and promote the skills needed for multiple career paths in the field of forensics, including excellent oral and written communication skills, intellectual curiosity, use of interdisciplinary approaches, critical and analytical thinking skills, and commitment to lifelong learning. Additionally, the Forensic Studies curriculum emphasizes the development of strong moral and ethical character, essential traits for success and leadership in the field. 

Major Requirements

Forensic Studies Core Courses

  • BL 101 – Introduction to Forensic Science
  • BL 355 - Forensic Biology 
  • PY 202 - Psychopathology 
  • SC 260 - Criminal Justice                                                                           
  • WR 326 - Technical Writing     
  • Forensic Studies Experience (see list below)

Available Capstone Courses*

  • BL 498 - Forensic Studies Experience
  • CH 498 - Forensic Studies Experience
  • CM 498 - Forensic Studies Experience
  • EG 490 - Forensic Studies Experience
  • PH 498 - Forensic Studies Experience
  • PY 435 - Field Experience in Psychology
  • SC 401 - Sociology Practicum and Seminar
  • SC 498 - Forensic Studies Experience

Forensic Studies Electives

Choose five courses+ from the following Forensic Studies electives: 

  • BL 322 - Synthetic Biology w/lab
  • BL 341 - Molecular Genetics w/lab
  • BL 351 - Forensic Entomology w/lab
  • BL 428 - Bioterrorism
  • BL 473 - Special Topics in Forensic Biology
  • BL 431 - Biochemistry I w/lab
  • BL 432 - Biochemistry II w/lab
  • CH 201 - Quantitative Analysis
  • CH 410 - Instrumental Methods w/lab
  • CH 431 - Biochemistry I w/lab
  • CH 432 - Biochemistry II w/lab
  • CL 327 - Volcanoes, Fire and Flood: Disasters of Ancient Rome
  • CS 115 - Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics
  • CS 151 - Computer Science
  • EC 320 - The Political Economy
  • EC 330 - Law and Economics
  • EG 381 - Engineering Probability and Statistics
  • FO 230 - Introduction to Criminalistics
  • FO 330 - Biological and Forensic Science Quality Assurance
  • FO 400 - Comparative Sciences: Latent Prints and Firearms Analysis
  • HN 221 - Poe, Holmes, and the Evolution of Forensic Science
  • HS 330 - Crime and Punishment in Modern Europe
  • HS 353 - History of Violence in America
  • HS 382 - Crime and Punishment in Latin America
  • IS 358 - Business Intelligence and Data Mining
  • LW 103 - Law and the City: Planning, Politics and Justice
  • LW 104 - Criminal Law and Society
  • LW 109 - Business, Law and Society
  • MA 251 - Calculus I
  • MA 252 - Calculus II
  • PH 383 - Physics and Medicine
  • PH 384 - Waves and the Physics of Medicine
  • PL 317 - The Experience of Evil
  • PL 332 - Security Ethics
  • PL 333 - Philosophy of Law
  • PL 342 - Law, Society and God
  • PT 270 - Basic Digital Photography
  • PT 361 - Digital Image
  • PY 253 - Multicultural Issues in Psychology
  • PY 421 - Forensic Psychology
  • PS 337 - Analytical and Legal Reasoning
  • PS 338 - Constitutional Law I
  • PS 339 - Constitutional Law II
  • SC 107 - Social Problems
  • SC 331 - Deviance and Social Control
  • SC 332 - Sociology of Crime and Criminals
  • SC 333 - Juvenile Delinquency
  • SC 334 - Sociology of Policing
  • SC 347 - Special Topics in Criminology
  • SC 430 - Seminar: Gender and Justice
  • SC 434 - Seminar: Women and Deviance
  • SC 435 - Seminar: Forensic Sociology
  • ST 381 - Probability and Statistics
  • TH 386 - Fundamental Questions of Morality

Natural Science Core Courses

  • BL 118 -  Intro to Cell and Molecular Biology 
  • BL 119 - Intro to Cell and Molecular Biology Lab
  • BL 121 - Organismal Biology
  • BL 126 - Organismal Biology Lab
  • ST 110 or ST 210 or ST 265

Social Science Core Courses

  • PY 101 - Introductory Psychology
  • SC 101 - Self and Society

Recommended Electives

  • PY 291 - Research Methods I
  • PY 292 - Research Methods II
  • SC 342 -  Social Research Methods
  • WR 301 - Writing About Science
  • WR 325 - Rhetoric of Professional Writing

Example of a Typical Program

Freshman Year

Fall Term

  • BL 118 - Intro Cell and Molecular Biology
  • BL 119 - Intro Cell and Molecular Biology Lab
  • PY 101 - Introduction to Psychology
  • SC 101 - Self and Society
  • WR 100 - Effective Writing
  • Language Competency

Spring Term

  • ST 110 - Introduction to Statistical Methods and Data Analysis or ST 210 Introduction to Statistics or ST 265 - Biostatistics
  • PY 202 - Psychopathology
  • BL 121 - Organismal Biology
  • BL 126 - Organismal Biology Lab
  • HS 100 - level course
  • Non-departmental elective

Sophomore Year

Fall Term

  • BL 101 - Introduction to Forensic Science
  • SC 330 - Forensics
  • EN 101 - Understanding Literature 
  • PL 201 - Foundations of Philosophy or TH 201 Introduction to Theology 
  • Non-departmental elective

Spring Term

  • BL 351 Forensic Entomology
  • SC 260 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • PL 200-level Philosophical Perspectives Core or Theology Core
  • English core
  • Fine Arts core

Junior

Fall Term

  • BL 355 - Forensic Biology
  • PL 201 - Introduction to Philosophy or TH 201 Introduction to Theology
  • Forensic Science elective
  • Forensic Science elective or Elective
  • Elective

Spring Term

  • WR Technical Writing
  • History Core
  • Forensic Science Elective 
  • Non-departmental Elective
  • PL 200-level Philosophical Perspectives Core or Theology Core 

Senior Year

Fall Term

  • Ethics Core
  • Forensic Science Elective 
  • Forensic Science Practicum or Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective

Spring Term

  • Forensic Science Elective 
  • Forensic Science Practicum or Elective
  • Forensic Science elective or Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective

Notes

* Note that not all research or internship experiences through PY 435 and SC 401 are appropriate for the forensic studies major and thus need prior approval from the forensic studies director and appropriate department chair.  Other experiences may fulfill the capstone requirement but only with the approval of the Forensic Studies Director 

+ At least one FS elective must be from a different academic division than the other four.
 
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Barbara Vann
Faculty

Barbara Vann, Ph.D.

Her passion for sociology led Barbara Vann, Ph.D., to research and teaching on the intersection of race, class, gender, sexuality, and disability

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