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    Online Master of Science Degree in Forensic Science

    INSTITUTION INFORMATION Institutional Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Program Accreditation: Southern Association of College and Schools Institutional Membership(s): SOC PROGRAM DETAILS Program Information: Master of Science - Master's Enrollment: 55 seats total Application Deadline: Open How Students and Instructors Communicate: E-mail, Online Assignment Submission, Threaded Discussion Board Subject: Chemistry METHOD OF COURSE INSTRUCTION

    The program is delivered primarily through internet

    Supplemental delivery formats include internet

    This course uses WebCT

     
    DESCRIPTION
    The Forensic Science Master Program is designed to service the needs of both practicing professionals and full time students who desire an advanced program of study in the forensic analysis of biological materials. The Forensic Science Program has a strong biochemistry-DNA focus to serve the needs of supervisory personnel in DNA sections of crime laboratories, who are mandated by the national DNA Advisory Board to hold advanced academic degrees. The program offers a Forensic Analysis Track or Forensic Biochemistry Track is provided for practicing professionals and full-time students who desire an advanced program of study.
    SPECIAL ENROLLMENT ISSUES
    During the initial offering, registration is limited to students working in off-campus forensic science laboratories.

     
    TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS
    Students are expected to be computer literate upon entry to the program or are expected to obtain these skills immediately upon admission to the program. Computer skills are necessary to access the courses. To participate in Web-based courses, you must have access to the UCF Campus Network or another Internet Service Provider. Recommended PC configuration: CPU: 733MHz or better Intel Pentium III processor, Memory: 128MB RAM, Hard drive: 10GB hard drive, Floppy drive: 3.5", 1.44MB, CD-ROM drive, Monitor: 15" Color SVGA .26mm Dot-pitch, Network Interface Card: 3COM or Intel 10/100 Ethernet card, Operating System: Windows NT Workstation/Windows 2000 (preferred), Windows XP or Windows 98/Millennium Edition w/Y2K Compliant Service packs installed. Recommended Mac configuration: CPU: 500MHz or better Power PC processor (Power Macintosh G4), Memory: 128MB RAM, Hard drive: 30GB hard drive, CD-ROM drive, Monitor: 17" Color SVGA .26mm Dot-pitch, Keyboard and mouse, Network Interface Card: Built-in Ethernet, Operating System: Macintosh OS, current versions (OS 9.2.2/10.1.3), Specific information on current technical requirements is available http://learn.ucf.edu . Word processing is a necessity in virtually any college course today. Online students should be prepared to save word processed files as plain (ASCII) text files, to use their programs' copy & paste functions to post their work into e-mail messages and discussion messages, and to attach word processing files to e-mail. Recommended software includes: Microsoft Office XP for Windows, Microsoft Office 2001 for Macs Some courses may require other software programs in addition to those named here. See the course Web pages or consult with the course instructor about additional software requirements before registering for an online learning course.
    ACCESS TO LEARNING RESOURCES
    UCF provides extensive learning resources for its distant students. The UCF library provides information for distant students. For additional information about the UCF library and other online services, use the Library's home page, Quick Reference service, or phone 407-823-2562 or 1-866-271-7589 toll free. Students enrolled in Web-based courses may purchase textbooks from the UCF Bookstore by phone 407-823-2665 or toll free at 1-866-271-7589 using a credit card. Students may also order books online through the bookstore webpage. The bookstore will ship books within 48 hours via UPS ground. The shipping charges are US$6.00 for the first book and $1.50 for each additional book. For additional information, refer to the bookstore's webpage.
    Visit UCF抯 Career Resource Center provides for information and assistance regarding job placement, employment listings, on-campus recruitment, federal government employment, statewide job fairs, career expos, interviewing techniques, resume writing, internships and other career planning issues. Even though you are a distance learner, it is possible to get a UCF photo ID card by mail. Your unique card identification numbers are needed to gain access to many of the restricted resources through the UCF library. Additional information is available at http://online.ucf.edu
    ACCESS TO FINANCIAL AID RESOURCES
    Online students are eligible for financial aid following the same policies and procedures as on-campus students. The financial aid office phone number is (407) 823-2827. The office can be reached by email at finaid@mail.ucf.edu. Please go to the financial aid UCF website for application forms.

    SPECIAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    There are some class attendance requirements - please contact Dr. Jack Ballantyne, Coordinator, College of Arts and Sciences, (407)823-0163 or jballant@mail.ucf.edu for specific requirements.
    SPECIAL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
    CHM 6971: Thesis Research (7 hours or as needed to meet the required 32 hours). The grounding in scientific research methodology provided by the Thesis requirement is a central focus of the proposed program. Students will conduct research on site or at the professional laboratories where they work. In either case, a member of the UCF Forensic Science faculty will act as research advisor and approve the research topic. The research culminates in the writing and presentation of the thesis. The student will present the thesis for examination by committee consisting of two UCF faculty members and at least one other acknowledged forensic expert in the field. The thesis must be judged worthy of publication by the review committee, and may not be submitted for examination until so deemed. The student's research advisor will select the thesis examination committee. For non-resident students, the thesis advisor will visit the student laboratory, where the research is to be performed, before the research begins and on a regular basis until the work is complete
    ACCESS TO ADVISING/MENTORING SERVICES
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    SPECIAL TRANSFER POLICIES
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    SPECIAL ENROLLMENT ISSUES
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    SPECIAL ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS
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    SPECIAL PROGRAM PREREQUISITES
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    OTHER CONSIDERATIONS
    The Chemistry Department at UCF has developed an extensive network of partnerships with Central Florida business and industry. These alliances enrich the learning experience and provide unique opportunities both during and after the advanced degree programs. Companies recently offering partnership programs for UCF Chemistry students include Lucent Technologies, NASA, Lockheed-Martin Corporation, MBI International, Cirent Corporation, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, M. D. Andersen Cancer Center of the Orlando Regional Medical Center, and the Walt Disney Cancer Institute at Florida Hospital.

     


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