Areas of Emphasis

Forensic Examiner

Suggested dual majors: Forensic Chemistry, Forensic Biology, Anthropology

This track prepares students for entry level positions as crime scene analysts, latent fingerprint examiners, forensic photographers, evidence technicians, investigators, and law enforcement officers and agents. It also is well suited as a pre-professional program for dental, medical, and law school. Working conditions are more variable than for the other tracks but are typically field and/or office based rather than laboratory based. Crime scene analysts are often part of major crime scene squads that collect and document evidence, but they rarely participate in the scientific examination of the evidence in the laboratory.

Forensic Biology

Suggested dual major: BS Biology

This track prepares students for entry level positions in forensic labs as DNA analysts. It also is well suited as a pre-professional program and as excellent preparation for graduate work in biological disciplines. Forensic DNA work is a laboratory based profession with employment opportunities in local, state, federal, and private laboratories. Forensic biologists typically do not do crime scene work on a routine basis, but may occasionally be called to a scene.

Forensic Chemistry & Toxicology

Suggested dual majors: BS Chemistry, BA Chemistry, BA Chemistry/Biochemistry

This track prepares students for entry level positions in forensic labs as forensic chemists, arson analyst and investigator, forensic toxicologists, and trace evidence examiners. Like the biology track, it too is well-suited as a pre-professional program and as excellent preparation for graduate work in biological disciplines. Forensic chemistry work is a laboratory based profession with employment opportunities in local, state, federal, and private laboratories. Forensic chemists typically do not do crime scene work on a routine basis, but may occasionally be called to a scene.

Dual Majors 

This track prepares students for entry level positions in forensic labs as forensic chemists, arson analyst and investigator, forensic toxicologists, and trace evidence examiners. Like the biology track, it too is well-suited as a pre-professional program and as excellent preparation for graduate work in biological disciplines. Forensic chemistry work is a laboratory based profession with employment opportunities in local, state, federal, and private laboratories. Forensic chemists typically do not do crime scene work on a routine basis, but may occasionally be called to a scene.