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Graduate Study. The Forensic Science Graduate Group offers the degree of MS in Forensic Science. This program, offering a Plan I-Thesis option, has two tracks, DNA or Criminalistics, enabling the student to take core courses emphasizing the physical or biological sciences. Each track requires the student to take eight to nine core courses, totaling 24-27 units, three units of seminar, and the appropriate number of elective/research units for a total of 54 units. Students can take courses outside their specializations, but they must complete the courses required for their own track. The FOR seminar course in the fall quarter is required for new students. The FOR spring seminar can be taken in any spring quarter before graduation. Students must also take one additional seminar course in another department or program.

Preparation. Appropriate preparation is an undergraduate degree in physical or natural sciences, engineering or a closely related field with a GPA of 3.000 or higher. Examples include Biochemistry, Chemistry, Molecular Biology, Biology, Genetics, and Engineering. Applicants must have completed at least one year each of general chemistry, organic chemistry, general physics, math through calculus and a class in statistics. Other recommended courses include general biology, biochemistry and genetics.

Graduate Advisers. Cassandra Calloway (Forensic Science Graduate Program; Environmental Toxicology), You-Lo Hsieh (Division of Textiles and Clothing), Christopher J. Hopkins (Forensic Science Graduate Program), Robert B. Kimsey (Entomology), Donald Land (Chemistry), Terence Murphy (Plant Biology), Ben Sacks (Population Health & Reproduction/Canid Diversity and Conservation Laboratory-Center for Veterinary Genetics), Bahram Ravani (Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering), Moshe Rosenberg (Food Science and Technology), Matt Wood (Environmental Toxicology)

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