Bachelor of Science

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The B.S. in Forensic and Investigative Sciences was developed by faculty from the School of Law, the School of Science, and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). All students take a core of science classes and university requirements. Then, each student chooses one of the current two concentrations: Biology or Chemistry.

The program also includes courses in law and forensic science, ethics, laboratory courses in forensic chemistry and forensic biology, as well as an option to do an internship at a crime laboratory. Graduates of the program will be able to seek employment in crime labs, scientific industries, environmental agencies, and federal or local law enforcement.

Requirements & Course of Study

The Forensic and Investigative Sciences B.S. degree is a four-year program consisting of a minimum of 124 credit hours and is awarded by Purdue University.

Details of all undergraduate degree requirements can be found in the IUPUI bulletin.

The degree includes coursework in the biological, chemical, mathematical, statistical and physical sciences.

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Capstone Experience

All Forensic and Investigative Sciences students must complete a Senior Capstone class which covers: 

  • Resumes
  • Cover Letters
  • Interviewing Skills
  • Personal Statements
  • Graduate School Applications
  • Networking
  • Literature Reviews
  • Research Proposals and Presentations
  • FSAT Preparation
  • FSAT 

Internship and Research Opportunities

Students have the option of completing an internship at an approved crime laboratory or other organization or laboratory research supervised by an FIS faculty member:

  • Many students do an internship in a variety of settings including crime labs, coroner offices, assisting law enforcement, private labs, etc. These internships most often involve some sort of research project that will benefit the student and the host lab. Internships are available in Indiana, out of state and even out of the country. You will work with the FIS academic advisor, the School of Science Career Development Services Office and Professor Gina Londino to find an internship opportunity that is right for you. Internship experiences can be taken for credit to be applied toward the advanced science requirement.
  • Students can do laboratory or no-laboratory research with a faculty member in the program. This experience can be taken for credit to be applied toward the advanced science requirement.