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2011-2012 University Catalog 
2011-2012 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Other Degree Options

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Students with majors in the biological sciences may choose to specialize within their field by choosing to earn a forensic science certificate or by pursuing the BS/MS program.

BS/MS Program

Students who complete the requirements of the BS degree in either biology or microbiology may finish a non-thesis MS degree with one additional calendar year of full-time study. The specific prerequisites of this program are successful completion of BS 240, CH 341, BS 461, and BS 466. To be eligible to apply for this program, students should have maintained a 3.25 overall GPA and a 3.0 GPA in all biological science courses at the 200 level and higher.Credits earned in addition to the minimum 130 required for BS graduation may be eligible for transfer to the MS program. Students may apply to this program during the spring semester of the third year.

For more information about our BS/MS program and about the cell biology and biotechnology MS program, please consult the College of Graduate Studies section of this catalog.

Forensic Science

The forensic science program is a multidisciplinary program integrated with various majors at USciences, including all those offered by the Department of Biological Sciences. The forensic biologist collects and analyzes information and available biological evidence to understand the nature of a legal problem being investigated. This may include the use of serological methods and DNA technology on physical evidence such as blood, semen, or saliva or on insect and animal evidence. Those with advanced degrees in medicine or dentistry can explore the career options available in forensic pathology or odontology. Microbiology graduates may participate in microbial forensics, a new type of forensic analysis important to local law enforcement agencies, federal regulatory and security agencies, and public health agencies. The forensic program in environmental science prepares graduates to participate in investigation of environmental disturbances, usually with a focus on legal action. Care for the environment is supported by detailed laws as communities and nations seek to manage, conserve, and protect the environment.

For more information about the forensic science program, please see its section elsewhere in this catalog.

Teacher Certifications

The Pennsylvania Department of Education recently changed its teacher certification requirements for students to qualify for certification. Due to these changes, USciences no longer offers a teacher certification program to incoming students and will close its program on December 31, 2012.

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