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Campus: West Virginia University / Morgantown
College/School: Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
Areas of Emphasis: Forensic Biology, Forensic Chemistry, Forensic Examiner
Pathways: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), Law and Public Policy, Behavioral and Social Sciences

We stand above all universities nationally with the largest forensic science and crime scene training complex in the nation — four crime scene houses, a vehicle processing garage, a ballistics test center and special outdoor venues.

Academics

Fall
  • WVUE 191 First Year Seminar
    1
  • BIOL 115 Principles of Biology Exclamation Point
    4
  • CHEM 115 Fundamentals of Chemistry Exclamation Point
    4
  • FIS 201 Introduction to Forensic Identification Exclamation Point
    3
  • MATH 155 Calculus 1 Exclamation Point
    4
16
Spring
  • ENGL 101 Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric Exclamation Point
    3
  • BIOL 117 Introductory Physiology Exclamation Point
    4
  • CHEM 116 Fundamentals of Chemistry Exclamation Point
    4
  • Math and Statistics Requirement Course
    3
14
Fall
  • WVUE 191 First Year Seminar
    1
  • BIOL 115 Principles of Biology Exclamation Point
    4
  • CHEM 115 Fundamentals of Chemistry Exclamation Point
    4
  • FIS 201 Introduction to Forensic Identification Exclamation Point
    3
  • MATH 155 Calculus 1 Exclamation Point
    4
16
Spring
  • ENGL 101 Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric Exclamation Point
    3
  • BIOL 117 Introductory Physiology Exclamation Point
    4
  • CHEM 116 Fundamentals of Chemistry Exclamation Point
    4
  • Math and Statistics Requirement Course
    3
14
Fall
  • WVUE 191 First Year Seminar
    1
  • BIOL 115 Principles of Biology Exclamation Point
    4
  • CHEM 115 Fundamentals of Chemistry Exclamation Point
    4
  • FIS 201 Introduction to Forensic Identification Exclamation Point
    3
  • MATH 155 Calculus 1 Exclamation Point
    4
16
Spring
  • ENGL 101 Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric Exclamation Point
    3
  • BIOL 117 Introductory Physiology Exclamation Point
    4
  • CHEM 116 Fundamentals of Chemistry Exclamation Point
    4
  • Math and Statistics Requirement Course
    3
14
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • New international students: Find a mentor who is an upperclassman
  • Learn how sleep impacts academic success
  • Participate in Adventure WV's Sophomore Outdoor Adventure Re-orientation (SOAR) program
  • Sit in the front row of your class at least 5 times
  • Complete the Campus Read

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your first year you should:

  • Attend Monday Night Lights
  • Attend the Sophomore Celebration to celebrate your successful freshman year and becoming a sophomore
  • Attend Fall Family Weekend with your family
  • Attend a football game
  • Challenge yourself to meet members of your residence hall community

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your first year you should:

  • Participate in leadership development opportunities in student organizations
  • Have a challenging conversation with someone from a different background
  • Participate in an alternative spring break
  • Get involved in the Student Government Association
  • Attend the Festival of Ideas

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your first year you should:

  • Complete AlcoholEdu Part 1
  • Visit the Student Rec Center
  • Participate in liveWELL programs
  • Attend a WELLWVU Try It event
  • Complete AlcoholEdu Part 2

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your first year you should:

  • Get a job on campus at the residence hall desk or a dining hall
  • Take a writing or communications class
  • Attend a career fair
  • Submit your resume to Career Services
  • Complete the financial literacy course

Academics

Fall
  • CHEM 233 Organic Chemistry Exclamation Point
    3
  • CHEM 235 Organic Chemistry Laboratory Exclamation Point
    1
  • CSAD 270 Effective Public Speaking Exclamation Point
    3
  • PHYS 101 Introductory Physics Exclamation Point
    4
  • Math and Statistics Requirement Course
    3
14
Spring
  • ENGL 102 Composition, Rhetoric, and Research Exclamation Point
    3
  • CHEM 234 Organic Chemistry Exclamation Point
    3
  • CHEM 236 Organic Chemistry Laboratory Exclamation Point
    1
  • FIS 302 Crime Scene Investigation 1 Exclamation Point
    3
  • FIS 303 Crime Scene Investigation 1 Laboratory
    1
  • PHYS 102 Introductory Physics Exclamation Point
    4
15
Fall
  • CHEM 233 Organic Chemistry Exclamation Point
    3
  • CHEM 235 Organic Chemistry Laboratory Exclamation Point
    1
  • CSAD 270 Effective Public Speaking Exclamation Point
    3
  • Math and Statistics Requirement Course
    3
  • PHYS 101 Introductory Physics Exclamation Point
    4
14
Spring
  • ENGL 102 Composition, Rhetoric, and Research Exclamation Point
    3
  • CHEM 234 Organic Chemistry Exclamation Point
    3
  • CHEM 236 Organic Chemistry Laboratory Exclamation Point
    1
  • FIS 302 Crime Scene Investigation 1 Exclamation Point
    3
  • FIS 303 Crime Scene Investigation 1 Laboratory
    1
  • PHYS 102 Introductory Physics Exclamation Point
    4
15
Fall
  • CHEM 233 Organic Chemistry Exclamation Point
    3
  • CHEM 235 Organic Chemistry Laboratory Exclamation Point
    1
  • CSAD 270 Effective Public Speaking Exclamation Point
    3
  • Math and Statistics Requirement Course
    3
  • PHYS 101 Introductory Physics Exclamation Point
    4
14
Spring
  • ENGL 102 Composition, Rhetoric, and Research Exclamation Point
    3
  • CHEM 234 Organic Chemistry Exclamation Point
    3
  • CHEM 236 Organic Chemistry Laboratory Exclamation Point
    1
  • PHYS 102 Introductory Physics Exclamation Point
    4
  • Advanced Science Elective
    4
15
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Earn at least 15 credits per semester
  • Attend a SORTS (Students On the Road To Success) seminar
  • Complete the Campus Read
  • Spend 100 hours at student success centers
  • Get to know a faculty member in your department

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your second year you should:

  • Go on one of the break trips through the Outdoor Rec Center
  • Attend a football game
  • Attend a Sophomore/Junior Year Experience trip or event
  • Take a hike, bike or go rock climbing at Coopers Rock State Forest
  • Attend WVUp All Night

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your second year you should:

  • Be a reporter for The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM
  • Participate in an alternative spring break
  • Participate in the Friends of International Students Program
  • Join a student organization
  • Get involved in the Student Government Association

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your second year you should:

  • Rent a bike and go for a ride on the rail trail
  • Become a level 1 Bystander Trainer
  • Use your resources: learn about all your health-related needs at well.wvu.edu
  • Continue involvement with your club sport or intramural team or try a new one
  • Exercise daily

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your second year you should:

  • Internship (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Sign up for an internship interview
  • Join a club sport team
  • Undergraduate research (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Attend a career fair

Academics

Fall
  • BIOL 219 The Living Cell Exclamation Point
    4
  • FIS 404 Law and Evidence
    3
  • FIS 480 Forensic Quality Assurance
    2
  • Area of Emphasis FIS Upper-Division Course
    3
12
Spring
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • BIOL 324 Molecular Genetics
    3
  • BIOL 325 Molecular Genetics Laboratory
    1
  • BIOL 432 Forensic Biology
    3
  • BIOL 434 Forensic Biology Laboratory
    1
  • Area of Emphasis FIS Upper-Division Course
    3
14
Summer
  • FIS 386 Forensic Identification Internship
    6-9
6
Fall
  • CHEM 215 Introductory Analytical Chemistry Exclamation Point
    4
  • FIS 404 Law and Evidence
    3
  • FIS 480 Forensic Quality Assurance
    2
  • Area of Emphasis FIS Upper-Division Elective
    3
  • Area of Emphasis FIS Upper-Division Elective
    3
15
Spring
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • CHEM 310 Instrumental Analysis Exclamation Point
    3
  • CHEM 341 Physical Chemistry: Brief Course Exclamation Point
    3
  • CHEM 342 Experimental Physical Chemistry Exclamation Point
    1
  • CHEM 460 Forensic Chemistry Exclamation Point
    3
  • CHEM 463 Forensic Chemistry Lab
    1
14
Summer
  • FIS 386 Forensic Identification Internship
    6-9
6
Fall
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • FIS 301 Science/Technology of Fingerprint Identification Exclamation Point
    1-3
  • FIS 335 Forensic Photography Exclamation Point
    3
  • Advanced Science Elective
    4
  • Area of Emphasis FIS Upper-Division Course
    3
14
Spring
  • FIS 302 Crime Scene Investigation 1 Exclamation Point
    3
  • FIS 303 Crime Scene Investigation 1 Laboratory
    1
  • FIS 314 Introduction to Microscopy
    3
  • Area of Emphasis FIS Upper-Division Course
    3
  • Area of Emphasis FIS Upper-Division Course
    3
13
Summer
  • FIS 386 Forensic Identification Internship
    6-9
6
Exclamation Point Critical Course A Icon B Icon C Icon Success marker (try to get the grade indicated)

This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Engage in undergraduate research
  • Go talk to a faculty member in your department about graduate school or career options
  • Become a tutor or mentor in your major
  • Attend dinner presentations at the Faculty Dinner Series
  • Earn at least 15 credits per semester

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your third year you should:

  • International students: Participate in international social events
  • Attend an Outdoor Rec Center weekend trip
  • Attend Spring Family Weekend with your family
  • Visit the WVU Farm
  • Attend a football game

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your third year you should:

  • Create a culture of well-being with a WELLWVU academic internship
  • Develop fundraising skills in a student organization
  • Be a reporter for The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM
  • Complete a financial management skill development opportunity in student organizations
  • Participate in leadership development opportunities in Greek Life

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your third year you should:

  • Become a leadWELL Mentor
  • Learn how to de-stress at chillFEST
  • Use exercise for mental well-being in Movement for Mental Health
  • Continue involvement with your club sport or intramural team or try a new one
  • Take a class on healthy cooking

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your third year you should:

  • Study Abroad (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Submit your resume to Career Services
  • Become a leader in your club sport team
  • Service learning (complete 30 hours per semester and one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Join a club sport team

Academics

Fall
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • BIOL 310 Advanced Cellular/Molecular Biology
    3
  • FIS 314 Introduction to Microscopy
    3
  • FIS 406 Court Testimony
    3
  • Area of Emphasis Elective
    3
15
Spring
  • ECAS Global Studies and Diversity Requirement
    3
  • AGBI 410 Introductory Biochemistry Exclamation Point
    3
  • Area of Emphasis Elective
    4
  • Area of Emphasis Elective
    4
14
Fall
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • CHEM 313 Instrumental Analysis Laboratory Exclamation Point
    1
  • CHEM 335 Methods of Structure Determination
    4
  • FIS 406 Court Testimony
    3
  • Area of Emphasis Elective
    3
14
Spring
  • ECAS Global Studies and Diversity Requirement
    -
  • FIS 314 Introduction to Microscopy
    3
  • Area of Emphasis Elective
    3
  • Area of Emphasis Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
12
Fall
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • FIS 402 Crime Scene Investigation 2 Exclamation Point
    3
  • FIS 404 Law and Evidence
    3
  • FIS 480 Forensic Quality Assurance
    2
  • Area of Emphasis FIS Upper-Division Course
    3
14
Spring
  • ECAS Global Studies and Diversity Requirement
    3
  • FIS 406 Court Testimony
    3
  • Area of Emphasis Elective
    3
  • Area of Emphasis Elective
    3
12
Exclamation Point Critical Course A Icon B Icon C Icon Success marker (try to get the grade indicated)

This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Join The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM staff to learn how to publish a newspaper, write articles, create radio shows, and report news and sports
  • International upperclassmen: Mentor new international students
  • Learn how sleep impacts academic success
  • Be the last person to leave the library from studying
  • International students: Meet one-on-one with an immigration adviser

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your fourth year you should:

  • Attend a professional performance at the CAC
  • Attend the Mountaineer Send-Off
  • International students: Participate in international social events
  • Register with the WVU Alumni Association
  • Sit in the Senior Spirit Section (Section 121) at the home football games

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your fourth year you should:

  • Participate in a fraternity and sorority accreditation program
  • Explore mentorship opportunities in Greek Life
  • Participate in the Friends of International Students Program
  • Complete a financial management skill development opportunity in student organizations
  • Attend a multicultural, international or diversity program

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your fourth year you should:

  • Learn how to de-stress at chillFEST
  • Become a Student Wellness Ambassador Leader
  • Become a TIPS (Training Intervention Program) trainer and help prevent alcohol misuse
  • Become a leadWELL Trainer
  • Stay active with moveWELL, the Student Rec Center and Outdoor Rec Center

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your fourth year you should:

  • Become a student-leader in at least one organization
  • Submit your resume to Career Services
  • Attend a career fair
  • Participate in a practice job interview session
  • International students: Explore optional practical training (12 to 29 months work experience in the U.S.)

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