Jun 22, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Integrated Science, B.S. Forensic Science Concentration

Dr. Ryan Shifler, Major Coordinator

Advisement for the major is available from the Henson School of Science and Technology 

Integrated Science, B.S. Forensic Science Concentration Curriculum Guide  (Suggested 4-Year Plan of Study) 

The Henson School of Science and Technology offers an integrated science major to accommodate students who wish to develop programs of study in two or more STEM disciplines or to create a major in an area of study not offered by any Henson department. This program allows students to create an individual and flexible major, with a foundation in science and technology, which is best suited to their interests or career goals.

Students wishing to major in integrated science using two or more approved STEM disciplines should contact the integrated science major coordinator, who will coordinate the development of the student’s proposed program of study. The student will also meet with designated representatives of their chosen areas of study to discuss and develop a selection of courses that best fits the goals of the student. The student must follow these guidelines in order to complete an approved program:

  • Students must submit an Integrated Science Proposal Form to the integrated science major coordinator for approval in order to officially declare the integrated science major.

  • The program proposal must include a rationale for the cohesion of the areas of study and describe any potential career goals suitable for the program proposal.

  • Students must complete a core, including one MATH course, one COSC course and at least two courses in BIOL, CHEM, ENGR, physical GEOG or GEOL, or PHYS with grades of C or better.

  • Students must complete a minimum of 15 semester hours in 300-/400-level courses with grades of C or better between two or more approved STEM disciplines.

  • Students must complete a minimum of 6 semester hours of an approved capstone sequence of courses (in addition to the 15 hours in 300-/400-level courses requirement) for the major. These courses may include seminar, research, project, directed study and/or internship courses.

  • Students are responsible for identifying a faculty advisor/mentor within their main area of interest who will serve as the student’s capstone advisor, overseeing research or other appropriately deemed experiential learning experiences.

  • Students are responsible for completing all prerequisites courses required for the courses chosen for their integrated science major.

  • Upper-division courses (300/400 level) completed prior to receiving program approval may or may not be used for the integrated science major.

  • At least 12 credits must be taken in residence - at Salisbury University - and as a declared integrated science major.

  • No more than two of the courses used to meet the integrated science major may be used to meet minor or other major requirements.

  • Any deviation from an approved program must be approved in writing by the integrated science major coordinator.

All majors complete an integrated science core and an integrated science capstone then complete their major through a chosen track.  

Integrated Science: Forensic Science Concentration

Forensic science is the use of scientific methods or expertise to investigate crimes or examine evidence that might be presented in a court of law. Forensic science integrates several fields of study to analyze and interpret criminal-related data. Forensic science focuses on the discovery of physical evidence through recognition, identification, testing and evaluation. 

The Forensic Science Concentration prepares students for graduate school in forensic studies or to enter the forensics workforce. Graduates of the forensic science track can work in several types of job settings, including local, regional, state, and federal laboratories and agencies. Private companies, hospitals, police departments and the military all employ graduates of forensic science programs.

Advising for the Forensic Science Concentration is provided by the integrated science major coordinator, who acts as the primary academic advisor and approves program proposals, as well as supports students throughout their progress in the program. The Henson School advising services coordinator serves as the liaison between integrated Science majors and administrative offices, such as the Academic Advising Center, Registrar’s Office and Cashier’s Office. The student is responsible for identifying a faculty advisor/mentor within their main area of interest who will serve as the student’s capstone advisor, overseeing research or other appropriately deemed experiential learning experiences.


This checklist is an unofficial tool for planning. Matriculated students and advisors should consult the Academic Requirements Report in GullNet before and after registering for classes each semester to track academic progress.

University Undergraduate Major Policies

  • Refer to the program page for this major and the Courses  section of this catalog for approved prerequisites and General Education courses.
  • Requirements may not equal 120 credit hours. Students must register for additional electives to complete 120 credits required for graduation.
  • All graduates must have a minimum of 30 credits of 300/400-level courses with C grade or above; at least 15 of those credits must be taken at SU.
  • Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for graduation.
  • Students must complete at least 30 credit hours by direct classroom instruction and/or laboratory experience.
  • Students must take 30 of the last 37 credit hours at SU.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to satisfy graduation requirements. Please refer to the program page of this catalog for detailed major requirements.
  • Students must apply online for graduation by November 15 for May and by May 15 for December.

General Education Requirements

Please Note: Check Major Requirements section below for a list of General Education requirements that are fulfilled by the major.

Group I: English Composition and Literature (2 Courses)

A. C or Better in One of the Following

B. Select One Course From:

Literature course (from either ENGL or MDFL Depts.) 4 Hour(s) Credit:

  • Course:

Group II: History (2 Courses)

A. Select One Course From:

B. Select One Course From:

Group III: Humanities and Social Sciences (3 Courses)

A. Select One Course from One of the Following 7 Areas:

B. Select One Course from One of the Following 10 Areas:

C. Select One Course from Either Group IIIA or IIIB (Course must be from a different area than previously selected)

Group IV: Natural Science, Math and Computer Science (4 courses)

A. Select Courses with Laboratories from at Least Two of the Following Four Areas:

BIOL, CHEM, GEOL or Physical GEOG, PHYS 4 Hour(s) Credit:

  • Course:

  • Course:

B. Select One Course (Need Not be a Lab) from One of the Following Areas:

C. Select One Course From:

MATH 3-4 Hour(s) Credit:

  • Course:

Group V: Health Fitness (1 Course)

Major Requirements

Integrated Science Core (4 Courses)

Forensic Science Concentration

Complete the Following:

* Courses offered at Wor-Wic Community College

Complete at Least 5 Courses from the Following (At Least 3 Must Have a Laboratory):

** Indicates the course has a laboratory.

Integrated Science Capstone