Forensic Science and Technology Major

Description: A program that focuses on the application of the physical, biomedical, and social sciences to the analysis and evaluation of physical evidence, human testimony and criminal suspects. Includes instruction in forensic medicine, forensic dentistry, anthropology, psychology, entomology, pathology, forensic laboratory technology and autopsy procedures, DNA and blood pattern analysis, crime scene analysis, crime scene photography, fingerprint technology, document analysis, witness and suspect examination procedures, applicable law and regulations, and professional standards and ethics. Is Forensic Science and Technology the right major for you?
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Forensic Science and Technology Major

What Kinds of Students Major in Forensic Science?

A student of forensic science will be objective, curious, logical, and analytical, and like to solve problems. This student may enjoy the challenge of solving a mystery. A successful student must possess good verbal and written communication. Often a strong interest in chemistry is important.

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What Courses Do Forensic Science Majors Take?

The required and elective courses you would take for Forensic Science majors vary considerably among institutions. Courses are listed here that are illustrative of the breadth of topics you are likely to experience were you to major in this field.

  • Clinical Laboratory Practices
  • Constitutional Law
  • Court Procedure
  • Criminal Evidence
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Criminology
  • Forensic Serology
  • Investigation and Identification
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Principles of Chemistry
  • Report Writing and Research
  • Research Statistics