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Forensic Science Overview


Criminologist • Doctor • Educator • Field Technician • Government Agent • Laboratory Technician • Lawyer • Odontologist • Pathologist • Forensic Anthropologist Writer Other careers: Engineer, Toxicologist, Behavior Scientist, Questioned document expert, Crime Scene Technician, Forensic Entomologist, Forensic DNA expert, Medical examiner, Trace Evidence Expert, Forensic Computer Analyst, Forensic Accountant, Forensic Nurse


The Forensic Science Department has two major objectives: (1) to provide a strong interdisciplinary forensic science major within a liberal arts framework for those entering forensic-related jobs in industry or the government or preparing for graduate work; (2) to provide cognate backgrounds in chemistry, biology, math and physics others who may require this major.


The Bachelor of Science with a major in forensic science is designed for both students who want a career in forensic laboratories in police departments, district attorney’s offices, regional and state agencies, DEA, ATF, FBI, USPS, SS, CIA and United States Fish and Wildlife Services, medical examiners office, private companies, and for occupations that require a moderate training in chemistry combined with training in one or more other areas.


As a forensic science student you will have a wide variety of excellent career opportunities available to you: foren­sic-related jobs with government departments at the federal, state, and local level. Forensic science majors also often pursue advanced work in graduate schools as well as medical school. A forensic science background is also valuable to you if you major in the health sciences (nutrition, clinical chemistry, and industrial hygiene).


Academic Performance

Only required courses with a grade no lower than a C can be applied to fulfill the Forensic Science major.

Students must have an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher in order to graduate with a BS degree in Forensic Science.

Sigma Zeta National Honor Society

Sigma Zeta is a national science and mathematics honor society.  It was founded at Shurtleff College, in Alton, Illinois in 1926.  Today, more than forty local chapters are active in colleges and universities across the United States.  The society encourages and fosters achievement of greater knowledge in the fields of science and mathematics.  Outstanding scholastic achievement in the fields is recognized through membership in this society.

Transfer Student Information:

All science courses from any other college that are older than 6 years must be repeated. For science courses from a community college, students must achieve a B or higher to be transferred in for science course equivalency.

Writing Intensive Requirement

All forensic science majors must take ISC 312 as their writing intensive course. 


Students may be eligible to win the following departmental awards based on their scholarly work. The awards are American Chemistry Society for outstanding chemistry major, Rubber Chemical Award for the highest achieving GPA in General Chemistry 1 and 2, and Outstanding Graduating Senior.

Credit by examination

Credit by examination, tutorial study and cooperative work experiences are other features of the program. Permission of the department head is required to select these options. Not more than four credit hours in cooperative work experience may be counted within the 128 credit hours required for a degree.


Program Offering

The B.S. in Forensic Science program is primarily a day program, some courses are offered in the evening on a rotating schedule. Students should complete an internship in their Junior or Senior year.  Students must obtain their own internship.  The Department will assist students as much as possible in obtaining this position.  Students may take the internship for credit or as a noncredit option.