Justice Studies Department

BS - Forensic Science, Concentration in Biology

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example, course grade minimums). Associate Transfer Degrees (ADT) pathway roadmaps can be found here.

Prerequisite Requirements

Enrollment in any chemistry course requires that the prerequisite courses be passed with a grade of "C or better" (C- not accepted). Exceptions may be made only with instructor consent or if not explicitly stated in the course description. Refer to the SJSU Course Catalog for specific information regarding course prerequisites.

Justice Studies International Experience Requirement

To satisfy the Justice Studies Department international requirement, students must study abroad for at least nine days in an approved program (exemption from the study abroad portion of the requirement must be approved by the dean of the College of Applied Sciences and Arts based on compelling individual life experiences or physical limitations. A relevant cross-cultural experience in the U.S. will be substituted). Specific details can be found on the college website at

Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements41
Core Lower Division General Education24
Of the 39 units required by the university, 15 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C-" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Note: Students who have completed the ADT Transfer Degree (under SB 1440) for this major will have completed all Lower Division GE Requirements (except for 1 course in GE Area C and 1 course in GE Area D) and should follow the 60 unit guarantee roadmap (which include the missing GE in Area C and D). Meet with an advisor prior to registering for your first semester for the 60 unit roadmap or specific questions.
Upper Division General Education9
Of the 9 units required by the university, 0 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A/B) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A/B, 2A/B) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
African American Studies6
AFAM 002A. African Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD23
AFAM 002B. African Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IID3+US1233
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015. Essentials of U.S. HistoryD2+US13
POLS 015. Essentials of U.S. & California GovernmentD3+US233
Chicana and Chicano Studies6
CCS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
CCS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
Preparation for the Major40
CHEM 001A. General ChemistryB1+B35
CHEM 001B. General ChemistryB1+B35
CHEM 055. Quantitative Analysis2
CHEM 055L. Quantitative Analysis Laboratory2
CHEM 112A. Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 112B. Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 113A. Organic Chemistry Lab2
MATH 030. Calculus IB43
PHYS 002A. Fundamentals of PhysicsB1+B34
PHYS 002B. Fundamentals of PhysicsB1+B34
STAT 095. Elementary StatisticsB43
Complete one course from:
CHEM 130A. Biochemistry4
CHEM 135. General Biochemistry4
Requirements of the Major39
Core Courses32
BIOL 030. Principles of Biology IB2+B34
BIOL 031. Principles of Biology IIB2+B34
BIOL 115. General Genetics4
FS 011. Survey of Forensic Science3
FS 161. Crime Scene Investigation3
FS 162. Forensic Science Applications3
FS 167. Forensic Molecular Biology5
JS 100W. Writing WorkshopZ3
Complete one course from:
FS 169. FS Senior Sem : Studies in Contemporary FS Issues3
JS 189. Senior Seminar: Contemporary Problems3
Practical Requirement3
JS 181. Internship: Justice Studies3
College International Experience0-3
In consultation with advisor, select an International Experience course that is followed by -ITL.
Major Electives1-4
Complete 4 units from the following. Other electives may be substituted with advisor approval
ANTH 157. Forensic Anthropology3
BIOL 116. Molecular Genetics4
BIOL 117. Human Genetics3
BIOL 118. Evolutionary Genetics4
BIOL 123A. Bioinformatics I3
BIOL 123B. Bioinformatics II3
BIOL 124. Systems Physiology3
BIOL 125. Systems Physiology Laboratory2
BIOL 135B. Eukaryotic Cell and Molecular Biology IIR3
BIOL 135L. Molecular Cell Biology Lab3
BIOL 137. Introduction to Principles of Toxicology3
BIOL 145. Advanced Undergraduate Biology Seminar1-3
BIOL 145L. Advanced Undergraduate Biology Lab1-2
BIOL 165. Advanced Human Anatomy4
CHEM 120S. Chemical Safety Seminar1
FS 160. Special Topics in Forensic Science1-5
FS 163. Fingerprint Science3
FS 164. Crime Scene and Evidence Photography3
FS 165. Forensic Biometrics3
FS 166. Forensic Chemistry3
FS 168. Fluorescent Applications in Molecular Biology and Forensic Science3
FS 106. Forensic Entomology3
JS 143. Criminal Evidence and Procedure3
JS 171. Human Rights and JusticeV3
JS 180. Individual Studies1-3
JS 181. Internship: Justice Studies1-7
JS 185. Special Topics in Law and Justice3
MATH 031. Calculus IIB44
MICR 101. General Microbiology5
PHIL 133. Ethics in ScienceV3
PHIL 160. Philosophy of ScienceR3
PSYC 110. Adult Psychopathology3
PSYC 129. Neuroscience3
PSYC 153. Psychology in the Courtroom3

Total Units:120