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Application of scientific techniques to the investigation and resolution of crime.

What Does a Forensic Scientist Do?

The field of forensic science is diverse and multi-faceted. Beginning with the collection of evidence at a crime scene, the use of forensic science is important throughout the legal process.

Students are introduced to and trained on the various forensic techniques used in the field and in the laboratory environment and the use of forensic testimony in the courtroom. Students are able to select an emphasis area and focus their course of study in one of the four following concentrations: Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry or Criminal Justice.


Coursework in our programs includes the following:

  • Crime Scene Documentation
  • Fingerprinting
  • Drug Identification
  • Toxicology
  • Forensic Analysis
  • Forensic Biology
  • Arson

Degree Options

There are four Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees with this major.

More about this Major


  • Various professions within the criminal justice field collectively employ approximately three (3) million people.
  • Careers as a crime lab or evidence technician, crime scene investigator, fire/ arson investigator, accident reconstruction, claims adjuster, and other areas.
  • Students acquire the necessary foundation to pursue graduate school.
Alumni of this degree program obtain careers in public and private laboratories as well as law enforcement.

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