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Forensic Science

Contact NicoleThe forensic sciences form a vital part of the entire justice and regulatory system. Some of the different disciplines of forensic science have become identified primarily with law enforcement – an image enhanced by television and movies.

Forensic scientists have become increasingly involved with archaeology, solving ancient mysteries, and making new historical discoveries.

Forensic scientists or criminalists work in forensic laboratories in police departments, district attorney’s offices, regional and state agencies, medical examiners’ offices, private companies, colleges and universities, federal agencies such as the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), United States Postal Service (USPS), Secret Service (SS), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the military forces, and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

New forensic scientists may start as a bench scientist after graduating from college and through education and dedication, work their way up to forensic laboratory director. Some may wish to pursue the many opportunities to teach at colleges and universities. As science advances, more criminalists will be needed to perform new tests in an ever-expanding field of work. 

Forensic science is a rewarding career where the love of science can be applied to the good of society, public health, and public safety.

Required Courses:
BIO 110, 111, 220, 221, 265 and 465 and six credits from the following courses: BIO 290, BIO 400, PSY 380, CHM 100, or BIO 268/269. Course work taken in support of the minor must be a grade of C or better.

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