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Forensic Science Overview

Studying Forensic Science at Marygrove College will prepare you for a variety of career paths in the private and public sector, such as crime scene investigation, drug chemistry, forensic DNA analysis, toxicology and trace evidence examination. Recent graduates have found employment in both the public and private sector. Forensic science majors also often pursue advanced work in graduate schools, as well as medical schools, across the United States and abroad. The forensic science program at Marygrove College will expose you to a wide variety of crime scene investigation skills and analytical techniques in forensic biology and forensic chemistry, providing you with a strong foundation from which to launch a career in forensic science.

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 program is an interdisciplinary group major consisting of coursework in forensic science, criminal justice, biology, chemistry. No minor is required.

A forensic science major may choose to concentrate in either Forensic Biology or Forensic Chemistry. Students who have an interest in Forensic Science but do not have enough time to complete the major may wish to consider a minor in Forensic Science. A minor provides you with the knowledge and skills to complement your major area while expanding career options.

Program Offering
The B.S. in Forensic Science program is primarily a day program, although some courses are offered in the evening on a rotating schedule.

Transfer Student Information:
The department accepts transfer credits according to the college guidelines. However, major coursework older than 10 years, from time of admittance, will be transferred in as elective credit and may not be applied to the major. Students may petition to the department chair for the older credits to be applied towards the major.

Credit by examination
Learning derived from life experiences and from individual study is of significant academic value and can often be equated with college-level studies. Students may earn credit by examination, tutorial study and cooperative work experience. Permission of the department chair is required to select these options. Not more than four credit hours in cooperative work experience may be counted within the 120 credit hours required for a degree.

Academic Performance
Only required courses with a grade of C or better can be applied to fulfill the forensic Science major or minor.

Computer Literacy Requirement
Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) must be achieved prior to graduation. Students’ computer literacy will be evaluated and assessed through the Junior and Senior seminar course sequence.

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

Senior Seminar Requirement
Students must successfully complete ISC 496A and ISC 496B in order to graduate with a B.S. in forensic Science.

Internship/Cooperative Education
It is strongly encouraged that students participate in a summer undergraduate research experience either with a Marygrove College faculty member, or by securing an off-campus internship or fellowship before they graduate. Students may receive elective credit for an internship through FSC 388, FSC 488, and/or FSC 491.

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 sixty local chapters are active in colleges and universities across the United States; Marygrove College hosts the Beta Upsilon chapter. 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.

Students may be eligible to win the following departmental awards based on their scholarly work. The Natural Sciences Department Award is given to the outstanding graduating science major. Women in the sciences are also eligible for the Suzanne Fleming Scholarship. This scholarship is given to a woman who demonstrates financial need, potential in science and on their scholarly work.