Forensic Biology Requirements

Admission Requirements:


Applications are screened for Fall semester only. All application material must be received before January 15 for consideration for the following academic year.


In order to apply to the biology track, you must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a major appropriate to the biology concentration.


Undergraduate majors: Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Genetics, Biochemistry, Zoology, etc.


Cumulative GPA: at least 3.0

Recommended GPA: 3.5 or higher

General GRE


Application Materials:  see Program website


Please send all application material to the following address:


   Forensic Science Program

   560A Baker Hall

   Michigan State University    

   East Lansing, MI 48824


Graduation Requirements:


The Master of Forensic Science Program at Michigan State University is research intensive, with all students obtaining substantial laboratory experience.  Each student completes and defends a research thesis.  The thesis advisory committee is comprised of an academic advisor and two other program faculty. The forensic biology track consists of 38 credit hours including the following:


1. The following courses (6 Credits):   

CJ 804 Crime Scene Investigation                                    1  

CJ 805 Survey in Forensic Science                                    3  

CJ 817 Law and Forensic Science                                     2  


2. Forensic Biology (18 Credits):   

BMB 801 Molecular Biology                                              3  

CJ 820 Forensic Chemistry and Microscopic Evidence          3  

CJ 824 Forensic Serology                                                 3  

CJ 825 DNA Profiling                                                       3  

FW 828 Conservation and Genetics                                   3  


GEN 842 Population Genetics                                           3  

STT 464 Statistical Methods for Biologists I                        3  


3. Complete an additional 8 credits of electives

chosen in consultation with the student's academic advisor  


4. Complete 6 credits of FRS 899 Masters Thesis Research  


5. Attend at least one Master's Seminar Series Lecture per semester


6. Pass an oral examination in defense of the thesis   




























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