Forensic science is a multidisciplinary field, and as such, UC Davis welcomes applications from students with strong undergraduate records in the biological, chemical or physical sciences, as well as those in engineering fields. International and domestic students with diverse backgrounds have been successful in our program.
The following are prerequisites that must be met in order to be considered for admission to the program:
- 1. Bachelor’s degree
Applicants must be pursuing or have already completed a bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.) in a science or engineering field from an accredited college or university.
- 2. Prerequisite Courses
Applicants must have completed the minimum equivalent of the following UC Davis courses:
- General Chemistry with lab (9 quarter units & 6 lab units, CHE 2A/B/C)
- Organic Chemistry with lab (6 quarter units & 2 lab units, CHE 118A/B)
- Physics with lab (12 quarter units, PHY 7A/B/C)
- Calculus (9 quarter units, MAT 16A/B/C)
- Statistics (4 quarter units, STA 13)
- For more information on course equivalency, please refer to the course descriptions. Applicants must list courses taken to satisfy the prerequisites on the application for admission.
- 3. Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0
Overall GPA must be 3.0 or higher on a four-point scale. In addition to overall GPA, applicants will be evaluated on their prerequisite GPA which is calculated based on prerequisite courses only. Applicants with a prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or higher are better prepared for entrance into a Master of Science program.
- 4. English Language Proficiency
Applicants from countries whose official language is not English must provide TOEFL or IELTS scores to demonstrate English language proficiency. TOEFL scores must be 105 or above, with speaking and writing scores of 25 or above. IELTS scores must be 7.5 or above. Applicants who have completed a degree at an institution where English is the sole language of instruction are exempt from this requirement.
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