NMC Transfer Guide - MTA

To: Michigan State University - Main Campus

Program: Forensic Science - Masters Program

Forensic Science at MSU is a graduate level program specializing in the criminal investigation process in the criminal justice system. Students will learn techniques used in the analysis of physical evidence and may present this evidence in criminal and civil proceedings.

The Master of Science degree in forensic science has three concentrations to choose from. To be admitted to the program, students must have a bachelor's degree in a discipline appropriate to the desired concentration (e.g., a student pursuing the forensic chemistry concentration must have a bachelor's degree in chemistry or a closely related field).

forensic science concentrations

  1. Forensic Chemistry
  2. Forensic Biology
  3. Forensic Anthropology

admission requirements

  • Completion of a bachelor's degree in a discipline appropriate to the desired concentration
  • Cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 (this program is competitive, so 3.0 does not guarantee admission)
  • Satisfactory scores in the Graduate Record Examination General Test
  • MSU Contact – Melissa Christle: (517) 353-7133

Basic Requirements

Completion of the courses in this guide will result in completion of the Michigan Transfer Agreement and most of MSU's University Requirements. Upon request at the NMC Records and Registration Office, a statement will be placed on your transcript, "MICHIGAN TRANSFER AGREEMENT (MTA) SATISFIED".

Required Classes

Academic Area




ENG 111, 112

English Composition I & II




HST 111 or 112

US History to or from 1865


Select an additional course from the Humanities Area from a dept. other than HST


Natural Science


BIO 115 & 116

Cell, Plant & Ecosystem Bio and Cell & Animal Bio (concentration 1)


BIO 115, 116 or 108

Cell, Plant & Ecosystem Bio, Cell & Animal Bio or Plant Biology (concentration 2)


CHM 150, 151 & 250

General Chemistry I & II and Organic Chemistry I (concentrations 1 & 2)


CHM 250

Organic Chemistry II (concentration 2)


PHY 121 & 122

General Physics I & II (concentrations 1 & 2)


Select 1 Biological Science and 1 Physical Science from the Natural Science Area (concentration 3)


Social Science


ANT 113

Cultural Anthropology (concentration 3)


Select an additional course from the Social Science Area from a dept. other than ANT


Select 2 courses representing 2 departments from the Social Science Area



MTH 121

College Algebra (all concentrations)


MTH 141

Calculus I (concentrations 1 & 2)


MTH 142

Calculus II (concentration 2)


Northwestern Michigan College does not assume final responsibility for the accuracy of information on this guide. The final responsibility for the successful transfer of classes suggested on this guide rests with you and the institution you plan to transfer to. It is strongly recommended that you visit the institution as early in your academic career (prior to transfer) as possible.

Updated: Summer 2023