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Forensic Science

When a crime is committed, forensic scientists help solve the mysteries inside the mystery. They identify and analyze evidence of all types—from blood stains to financial statements—and help ensure its admissibility into court.

Degree Types
Complementary Programs
Distinctive Requirements
Research Possibilities
Professional Preparation
Opportunities in Washington D.C.

Offered in collaboration with McDaniel’s Chemistry department, the minor in Forensic Science will introduce you to a field that’s been growing steadily for decades. You’ll take courses from a variety of disciplines, including chemistry, biology, and sociology, to help understand this crucial part of the criminal justice system.

Future Career Paths

Students who study Forensic Science often go on to graduate school or to future careers as:

  • Crime lab technicians
  • Crime scene investigators
  • Computer forensics experts
  • Forensic accountants
  • Ballistics analysts

Distinctive Courses

GSC 1140 - Introduction to Forensic Science

This course will serve as an introduction to the scientific study of crime solving. Possible topics to be considered include crime scene investigation, fingerprint analysis, DNA fingerprinting, drug identification, and ballistic studies.

SOC 2205 - Criminology

A study of the theoretical aspects of criminal behavior and crime causation; the measurement of crime and crime statistics as well as techniques of crime prevention and societal reaction to crime.

SOC 3225 - Deviant and Criminal Behavior

This course will explore the social construction of law and deviance as well as the socialization process underlying criminal acts, their classification and dispositions. The course will consider the interplay among offender, victim and situational elements surrounding crime as they elucidate violent crime, white collar crime, stalking, child molestation, rape, cults, group crimes, modern slavery, and drug crimes.

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