Kent Pinkerton, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Group
Ruth Dickover, M.S. Ph.D., Director of the Program
Philip Meisch, Student Affairs Officer
Group Office. 1909 Galileo Ct., Suite B; Davis, CA 95618; 530-747-3913; http://forensicscience.ucdavis.edu
Graduate Study. The Forensic Science Graduate Group offers the degree of MS in Forensic Science. This program, offering a Plan I-Thesis option and a Plan II-Capstone 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 courses in the fall and winter quarters are required for new students. The FOR spring seminar may be taken in any spring quarter or students may take one additional seminar course in another department or program before graduation.
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 Advisors. Ruth Dickover (Forensic Science), You-Lo Hsieh (Division of Textiles & Clothing), Robert B. Kimsey (Entomology), Donald Land (Chemistry), Taka Shibamoto (Environmental Toxicology), Christyann Darwent (Anthropology), Jelmer Eerkens (Anthropology), Carrie Finno (Population Health & Reproduction), Robert Poppenga (California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory), Ben Sacks (Population Health & Reproduction/Canid Diversity & Conservation Laboratory-Center for Veterinary Genetics), Bahram Ravani (Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering), Moshe Rosenberg (Food Science & Technology), Matt Wood (Environmental Toxicology)