Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science
The Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science degree is designed to prepare students for careers as forensic scientists. The core of the curriculum consists of chemistry and biology courses and a small number of criminology and criminal justice courses. Potential employers include local, state and federal crime laboratories and law enforcement agencies, such as the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (F.D.L.E.). The curriculum is enhanced by internship opportunities with the Tampa F.D.L.E. lab and the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner. The track also prepares students for graduate programs in forensic science, chemistry, biochemistry, and health professional schools.
Expected Outcomes for U.T.’s Chemistry/Biochemistry Programs
1. Basic Knowledge of Chemistry Concepts
1.1. Graduates will possess knowledge essential to a broad understanding of chemistry including:
-Atomic and molecular structure
-Stoichiometry of chemical reactions
-Chemical equilibria, including those involving acids and bases
-Chemical reactivity and properties of organic and inorganic compounds
-Precision, accuracy, and related statistics
1.2. Students will develop and practice critical thinking and problem-solving skills through their coursework.
1.3. Students will develop the ability to study and learn independently.
2. Experiential Learning
2.1. Students will develop and demonstrate competence in the use of scientific instrumentation, data collection and interpretation, and experimental design through participation in original research or other experiential learning opportunities.@2.2. Students will learn and implement best practices with regard to chemical safety when in the laboratory environment.
2.3. Students will be familiar with searching, reading, interpreting, and critically analyzing chemical literature.
2.4. Students will develop and practice critical thinking and problem-solving skills in their experiential activities.
3. Scientific Communication
3.1. Students will develop the ability to communicate effectively through both oral and written methods.
3.2. Students will write laboratory reports in their coursework and/or research experience using a proper scientific format.
3.3. Students will use appropriate tools to give oral presentations of topics from the literature in their coursework and/or from their own research.
4. Appreciation of Professional Responsibility
4.1. Students will identify valid scientific information and view critically unscientific information.
4.2. Students will pursue reliable sources in making reasoned decisions and ethical choices.
4.3. Students will understand how chemistry relates to other disciplines and to society in general.
Undergraduate International Admissions
With students enrolled from over 100 countries, U.T. proudly considers students from around the globe for freshman or transfer admission. Proof of English proficiency is required. (This is waived for international students from the Commonwealth Caribbean, Bermuda, Canada, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.)
Students should apply through U.T.'s online application. In order to review a student’s application, the University must receive the following:
- Official transcripts of all secondary school coursework and grades translated into English (“Official” means that you must request your school to send transcripts directly to the U.T. admissions office. If that is impossible, send copies that have been certified by your school as “true copies” of the originals after they are copied. An official at your school should sign the document as “true copy of original.”)
- Essay written in English
- A recommendation written by a counselor, teacher or headmaster.
Applicants must submit one of the following:
- TOEFL: the minimum acceptable score is 550 or 213 (computer-based) or 79 (Internet-based) exam.
- IELTS: International English Language Testing System – minimum grade of 6.5.
- C.P.E.: Certificate of Proficiency in English - grades of “C” or better.
- Pearson Test of English (P.T.E.): minimum score of 58.
- Successful completion of the English 112 certificate offered by E.S.L. Language Centers accompanied by a letter of recommendation from an administrator and a 500-word English writing sample.
International students who meet admission requirements but need additional English language training prior to entering as a full-time degree student may enroll in one of the several E.S.L. programs.
International students also must furnish proof of available funds to cover their first year of study and each subsequent year. Exceptional new entering students with excellent academic achievement receive partial scholarships ($4,000-$7,000 per academic year) which covers only a small portion of the total costs. Students may work on campus up to 20 hours per week.
Upon admission to the University and satisfactory completion of the financial statement, an I-20 form will be sent to applicants from U.T.’s admissions office. Applicants must take the I-20 form, a copy of their acceptance letter and financial statement to the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. After an interview, the embassy or consulate will decide if an F-1 student visa can be issued. To enter the United States, students need this visa in their passport and the I-20 form. Students may not enter the country on a tourist visa with the intention to study in the U.S.
The staff in the Office of International Programs assists students with pre-arrival information, orientation, and advice on academic, social, cultural and employment matters.
Average cost for full-time undergraduate students for 2013-2014 academic year (fall and spring).
- Tuition (12-18 credit hours per semester): $23,990
- Mandatory Fees (required): $1,782
- Room and Board (double room, 15 meals per week): $9,388
- Total: $35,160
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