Forensic Sciences

Forensic Science is the discipline in which professionals use scientific means to analyze physical crime evidence. This evidence is then presented in court to help determine the innocence or guilt of a specific suspect. To determine the relevance of any evidence, forensic scientists use several scientific and mathematical techniques. Forensic scientists must also possess a high level of reasoning skills to put many different elements together to come up with one single conclusive idea that will stand as successful evidence in the court of law.

  • Analyze crime scenes to determine what and how evidence should be collected and recorded
  • Catalog and preserve evidence for transfer to crime labs
  • Perform chemical, biological, and microscopic analyses on evidence in laboratory settings
  • Explore possible links between suspects and criminal activity, using the results of DNA or other scientific analyses
  • Reconstruct crime scenes for additional investigation or in partnership with agencies
  • Document and/or testify in courses cases as expert witnesses

A.S. Degree in Forensic Science 
Common Courses: General Chemistry, Biology, Physiology, Introduction to Forensic Science, Criminal Law, Crime Scene Technology

B.S. Degree in Forensic Science
Common Courses: Organic Chemistry, Criminalistics, Forensic Biology, Forensic Chemistry, Ethics in Criminal Justice

M.S. Degree in Forensic Science
Common Courses: Forensic Toxicology, Forensic Serology, DNA Analysis, Human Molecular Biology, Advanced Criminalists, Forensic Genetics

PhD in Forensic Science
Common Courses: Law & Forensic Science, Pattern & Physical Evidence Concepts, Trace Evidence & Microscopic Analysis