Bachelor of Science in Forensic and Investigative Sciences
The B.S. in Forensic and Investigative Sciences, which awards a Purdue degree, was developed by faculty from the School of Law, the School of Science, and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). Each School contributes to the FIS program by offering required and elective classes, and by mentoring students in the program. All students take a core of science classes and university requirements. Then, each student chooses one of the current two concentrations: Biology or Chemistry.The program also includes courses in law and forensic science (taught by law faculty), ethics, laboratory courses in forensic chemistry and forensic biology, as well as an option to do an internship at a crime laboratory. Graduates of the program will be able to seek employment in crime labs, scientific industries, environmental agencies, and federal or local law enforcement.
Students who are entering IUPUI directly from high school are eligible for direct admission to the School of Science if they:
- Have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- Have minimum SAT scores of 500 math and combined critical reading/math of 1000 OR minimum ACT scores of 19 math and 21 composite.
- Have completed Core 40 with college prep course grades of C or better.
If you are not in an Indiana high school, you should at minimum complete the equivalent to Indiana’s Core 40, http://www.doe.in.gov/achievement/curriculum/indianas-diploma-requirements.
Students who do not meet these admissions criteria should be reviewed for admission to University College and may apply to the School of Science once they have completed a total of 26 credit hours including either Chemistry C105/C125 or Biology K101 with a grade of C- or better and have a minimum GPA of 2.5.
Start your application here: http://enroll.iupui.edu/admissions/undergraduate/freshmen/.
- Must have completed the equivalent to either Chemistry C105/C125 or Biology K101 with a C or higher.
- Must have college GPA of 2.5 or higher
- Must have passed all Science and math courses with C grades or better.
Students not meeting the first 3 requirements are to be admitted to University College as Pre-Forensic and Investigative Sciences.
Start your application here: http://enroll.iupui.edu/admissions/undergraduate/transfer/.
Students Seeking a Second Degree
If you already have a degree (that is not biology or chemistry, or a related area) and would like to pursue the FIS program as a second bachelor’s degree, you must have completed the equivalent to our Chemistry C105/C125 or Biology K101 with a C or higher and graduated with a minimum GPA of 2.5 in order to be admitted. If this scenario describes your situation, you can apply to IUPUI by going to the following website, http://enroll.iupui.edu/admissions/undergraduate/transfer/. Once you have been admitted, you will receive information on your next steps that will include meeting with an academic advisor and registering for classes.
If you do not meet the requirements described above, you will need to go through the IUPUI Undergraduate non-degree program to complete 3 required courses from our curriculum. Once you complete the 3 required courses, you can reapply to the FIS program as a degree seeking student. If this scenario describes your situation, you can apply to IUPUI as an undergraduate non-degree student by going to the following website, http://enroll.iupui.edu/admissions/undergraduate/non-degree/. Once you have been admitted as a non-degree student, you may contact the FIS Academic Advisor to discuss the classes you need to take and any other questions you may have.
International StudentsIn order to apply to IUPUI and the FIS program as an international student, you must go through the Office of International Affairs. Please consult their website, http://iapply.iupui.edu/, for all of the information you need to know on how to apply.