2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    May 18, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Forensic Science, Biochemistry Track (B.S.)

College of Sciences
Department of Chemistry
Physical Sciences Building (PSB), 255

Undergraduate Coordinator for Forensic Science: Dr. Tamra Legron-Rodriguez

Students completing the Forensic Science - Biochemistry Track B.S. degree will also meet the requirements for ACS certification. This track is designed to align students with specific courses necessary for the examination of DNA and other biochemical evidence. Students should be advised that background checks similar to those required for law enforcement officers are likely to be a condition of employment (Reference: NIJ Report NCJ 203099). 

Admission Requirements

  • None

Degree Requirements

  • Students who change degree programs and select this major must adopt the most current catalog.
  • Departmental Residency Requirement consists of at least 30 semester hours of regularly scheduled 3000-4000 level courses taken from the UCF Department of Chemistry.
  • Co-op credit cannot be used in this major.
  • Students should consult with a departmental advisor.
  • Students must earn a “C” (2.0) or higher in each course and have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA in all courses in Common Program Prerequisites, Core Requirements: Basic Level, Core Requirements: Advanced Level, and Restricted Electives.
  • All prerequisites of courses taught within the College of Sciences will be enforced.
  • Courses designated in Common Program Prerequisites are usually completed in the first 60 hours.

General Education Program (GEP) (39 Credit Hours)

  • Certain courses must be selected in the GEP for this major, which brings the GEP hours above 36.
  • At least one course completed in each Foundation area must be a designated State General Education Core Course.

Communication Foundations (9 Credit Hours)

Cultural & Historical Foundations (9 Credit Hours)

Mathematical Foundations (7 Credit Hours)

Social Foundations (6 Credit Hours)

Science Foundations (8 Credit Hours)

Common Program Prerequisites (CPP) (24 Credit Hours)

  • See Acceptable Substitutes for Transfer Courses for possible substitutes for the courses listed below.

Core Requirements: Basic Level (12 Credit Hours)

  • All courses specifically identified in the preceding Common Program Prerequisites section of this catalog are also required in the Basic Core, and must be taken.

Basic Core: Required, satisfies the CPP

Basic Core: Additional Requirements (12 Credit Hours)

Core Requirements: Advanced Level (47 Credit Hours)

Restricted Electives (2 Credit Hours)

Note: A minimum of two hours are required but more hours may be taken. Select from the courses listed below or an alternate course as approved by the Forensic Science Program Advisor

Capstone Requirements

CHS 4591 Forensic Science Internship is the capstone for the program.


  • None.

Foreign Language Requirements


  • Two years high school, or one year college language (or equivalent proficiency exam) prior to graduation.


  • None

Additional Requirements

  • None

Required Minors

  • None

Departmental Exit Requirements

  • Students must earn a “C” (2.0) or higher in each course and have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA in all courses in Common Program Prerequisites, Core Requirements: Basic Level, Core Requirements: Advanced Level, and Restricted Electives. 
  • All attempts of courses taken that could meet major requirements are included in the GPA calculation.
  • Additional courses that could meet requirements but are taken beyond the minimum required (e.g., additional restricted electives) and a “C” (2.0) or better is earned are also included in both GPA calculations.

University Minimum Exit Requirements

  • A 2.0 UCF GPA
  • 48 semester hours of upper division credit completed
  • 60 semester hours earned after CLEP awarded
  • 30 of the last 39 hours of course work must be completed in residency at UCF.
  • A maximum of 45 hours of extension, correspondence, CLEP, Credit by Exam, and Armed Forces credits permitted.
  • Complete the General Education Program, the Gordon Rule, and nine hours of Summer credit.

Total Undergraduate Credit Hours Required: 124

Additional Information

Honors In Major

  • Application and admissions through The Burnett Honors College and department. More information about Honors in the Major can be found at https://honors.ucf.edu/research/.

Related Programs


  • None

Related Minors

Advising Notes

  • Students should consult with a departmental advisor.
  • Contact your college advisor in the College of Sciences Advising Services (COSAS) office (CSB 250) for more information about overall progress toward your degree, GEP and other university requirements, academic probation, special problems as well as general academic advising.

Transfer Notes

  • Lower division courses do not substitute for upper division courses.
  • Courses transferred from private and out-of-state schools must be evaluated for equivalency credit. The student must provide all supporting information.
  • Submit your requests for course evaluations at https://sciences.ucf.edu/cosas/ and click on “COS Course Evaluation”..

Acceptable Substitutes for Transfer Courses

  • CHM 2045C : may use CHM 2040 plus CHM 2041.
  • Calculus: Although other math classes satisfy the CPP, the specified courses are required in the major and still must be taken.
  • Physics: Although CPP requirements permit substitution by Organic Chemistry, all the specified courses are required for graduation and still must be taken.

Program Academic Learning Compacts

Equipment Fees

  • Part-Time Student: $45 per term
  • Full-Time Student: $90 per term

Plan of Study

  • One of numerous possible plans of study. See program description for all requirements.
  • Consult a departmental advisor for alternate, new or more appropriate selections.
  • Use your Pegasus Path planning tool in your myUCF portal to plan your courses through to graduation.
  • Before registering for Chemistry, take Chemistry Placement Test ~ https://www.sdes.ucf.edu/placement-tests/
  • Before registering for Math, take Math Placement Test ~ https://www.sdes.ucf.edu/placement-tests/
  • This plan assumes you need to begin with the three semester chemistry sequence and calculus. Having to start at a lower math class will increase the hours taken.

Freshman Year - Fall (14 Credit Hours)

Freshman Year - Spring (15 Credit Hours)

Freshman Year - Summer (4 Credit Hours)

Sophomore Year - Fall (14 Credit Hours)

Sophomore Year - Spring (15 Credit Hours)

Sophomore Year - Summer (5 Credit Hours)

Lab may be taken in a later term if seats are not available.

Junior Year - Spring (13 Credit Hours)

Senior Year - Fall (13 Credit Hours)

Senior Year - Spring (14 Credit Hours)

Senior Year - Summer (3 Credit Hours)