B.S. in Forensic Science - Biology Option

St. Mary’s University Core 1
SMC 1301Foundations of Civilization3
SMC 1311Foundations of Reflection:Self3
SMC 1312Foundations of Reflection: Nature3
SMC 1313Foundations of Reflection: Others3
SMC 1314Foundations of Reflection: God3
SMC 2301Foundations of Practice: Ethics3
SMC 2302Foundations of Practice: Civic Engagement and Social Action3
SMC 2303Foundations of Practice:Fine Arts and Creative Process3
SMC 2304Foundations of Practice: Literature3
SMC 4301Capstone Seminar: Prospects for Community & Civilization3
School of Science, Engineering, and Technology Specific Core
Select one of the following:
Fundamentals of Oral Communication
Business and Professional Communication
Rhetoric & Composition 23
Rhetoric and Composition
Foreign Languages6
Select one of the following:
6 hours at the sophomore level (2311, 2312) in a Foreign Language previously studied for a minimum of one year
6 hours of introductory level (1311, 1312) in a Foreign Language not previously studied
12 hours of CLEP/AP credit
HistorySocial Science3
Select one of the following:
Any HS course
Fundamentals of Business Enterprise
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Adjudication of Social Issues
Introductory Macroeconomic Theory
Introductory Microeconomic Theory
Organizational Behavior
American National Government
Texas State & Local Government
Introduction to Global Affairs
General Psychology
Human Factors
Introductory Sociology
Social Issues
Perspectives and Themes in History, Philosophy and/or Theology
Perspectives and Themes in Social Science
Select one of the following:
Advanced Theology TH 33XX/43XX
Perspectives and Themes in History, Philosophy and/or Theology
Fine Arts/Literature3
Select one AR, DM, MU or any EN 23XX literature course
BS Forensic Science (Biology Option) Major Courses
BL 1401General Biology for Majors I4
BL 1402General Biology for Majors II4
BL 2233Cell & Molecular Methods2
BL 2332Cell Biology3
EX 3112Selected Topics1
BL 3440Toxicology4
BL 3442Forensic Osteology4
BL 3481Microbiology4
BL 4451Biochemistry I4
BL 4497Genes and Genomes4
CH 1401General Chemistry I4
CH 1402General Chemistry II4
CH 3411Organic Chemistry I4
CH 3412Organic Chemistry II4
CH 3424Instrumental Analysis4
MT 2303Introduction to Probability and Statistics3
MT 2412Calculus I4
PY 1401General Physics I4
PY 1402General Physics II4
Select three of the following CR courses:9
Survey of Forensic Science
Crime Scene Investigation
Forensic Criminology
Internship in Forensic Science
Proficiency in Information Technology and Information Literacy
For this major, this requirement will be fulfilled by successfully completing BL 2233.
Total Semester Hours129

All St. Mary’s Core SMC 13XX "Reflection" courses must be completed before registering for SMC 23XX "Practice" courses.


Grade of “C” or better is required.  International students may be required to take EN 1313 to fulfill this requirement.

This is a recommended degree plan subject to changes. Please meet with your adviser on a regular basis.

First Year
FallSemester HoursSpringSemester Hours
EN 13113Speech3
BL 14014BL 14024
CH 14014CH 14024
MT 23033MT 24124
ND 01010 
 17 18
Second Year
FallSemester HoursSpringSemester Hours
Social Science3SMC 13XX3
BL 23323Fine Arts/Literature3
BL 22332CH 34124
CH 34114BL 34814
 15 17
Third Year
FallSemester HoursSpringSemester Hours
Foreign Language3SMC 23XX3
BL 44974Foreign Language3
BL 31411BL 34404
CR Course3PY 14024
PY 14014 
 18 17
Fourth Year
FallSemester HoursSpringSemester Hours
SMC 23XX3SMC 43013
BL 34424Advanced Theology3
BL 44514CH 34244
CR Course3CR Course3
 14 13
Total Semester Hours 129