Mercyhurst Archaeological Institute

Undergraduate Studies

The Applied Forensic Sciences Department at Mercyhurst University was created in 2002 in an effort to provide students with a solid undergraduate education in the general sciences, with forensic science being the focus. Students graduating with a degree in Applied Forensic Sciences will be able to pursue a variety of career options from graduate school in the sciences (e.g., biology, chemistry, anthropology) to specific training programs in the field of forensic science and investigations.

The strength of our program will continue to reside in the Forensic Anthropology concentration, which arose out of the Anthropology Department. This concentration focuses on the recognition and documentation of physical evidence at the outdoor crime scene and the analysis of human skeletal remains recovered from those contexts. These methods prove useful whether the crime scene involves a surface scatter of human remains, a buried body feature, a fatal fire site or a large-scale mass fatality incident.

Required Core Courses

Major Core for Forensic Anthropology Concentration

Bio 142/143 Cellular and Molecular Biology & Lab
Bio 146/147 Ecology & Evolutionary Biology of Organisms & Lab
Bio 310/311 Genetics & Lab
Chem 121/122 General Chemistry I & Lab
Chem 131/132 General Chemistry II & Lab
Geo 100/102 Physical Geology & Lab
Phys 201/203 General Physics I & Lab
Math 170 Calculus I
Frsc 150/151 Introduction to the Forensic Sciences & Lab
Frsc 310 Statistics for Forensic Science and Anthropology

Concentration Required Courses


Major Core for Criminalistics/Forensic Biology Concentration

Bio 142/143 Cellular and Molecular Biology & Lab
Chem 121/122 General Chemistry I & Lab
Chem 131/132 General Chemistry II & Lab
Chem 240/241 Organic Chemistry I & Lab
Chem 242/243 Organic Chemistry II & Lab
Phys 201/203 General Physics I & Lab
Phys 202/206 General Physics II & Lab
Math 170 Calculus I
Math 171 Calculus II
Frsc 150/151 Introduction to the Forensic Sciences & Lab
Frsc 242/243 Criminalistics I & Lab
Frsc 300/301 Environmental Evidence & Lab
Frsc 310 Statistics for Forensic Science & Anthropology
Frsc 340 Physical Evidence and the Law

Concentration Required Courses


Major Core for Forensic Chemistry Concentration

Bio 142/143 Cellular and Molecular Biology & Lab
Chem 121/122 General Chemistry I & Lab
Chem 131/132 General Chemistry II & Lab
Chem 240/241 Organic Chemistry I & Lab
Chem 242/243 Organic Chemistry II & Lab
Phys 201/203 General Physics I & Lab
Phys 202/206 General Physics II & Lab
Math 170 Calculus I
Math 171 Calculus II
Frsc 150/151 Introduction to the Forensic Sciences & Lab
Frsc 242/243 Criminalistics I & Lab
Frsc 300/301 Environmental Evidence & Lab
Frsc 310 Statistics for Forensic Science & Anthropology
Frsc 340 Physical Evidence and the Law

Concentration Required Courses


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