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The Forensic Science Program

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Forensic science engages students in the application of scientific principles and methods for the evaluation of evidence. The mission of the Bachelor of Science Degree Program in Forensic Science is to produce technically skilled graduates equipped with the basic foundational science and laboratory problem solving skills necessary for success in the modern crime laboratory, and who will contribute to the advancement of the forensic science community. Students will receive preparation in areas such DNA analysis, forensic biology, forensic chemistry and toxicology. The program will also provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to prepare reports documenting their findings and laboratory techniques used, and to provide expert witness testimony based onthese findings. Upon completion of the Forensic Science program graduates will be prepared to function as forensic scientists and specialists, or for advanced study in areas such as forensic science, biomedical research, medicine and law.

Forensic science applies scientific methodologies to the criminal justice system. The field of forensic science has received extensive exposure in recent years and is now regarded as a highly respected discipline among scientists and criminality. Forensic science encompasses a wide array of disciplines including criminology, pathology, toxicology, etc. The educational background of professionals in this field is embedded heavily in the natural and behavioral sciences such chemistry, biology, physics, sociology and criminal justice. An undergraduate degree in forensic science can emphasize forensic analysis from a biological or chemical approach. Forensic biology places emphasis on the measurements and procedures used in the examination of biological evidences and the importance of the information derived from the interpretations. In contrast, forensic chemistry primarily involves analysis of chemical substances for the purpose of identification or purity determination.

Successful completion of either concentration will lead to granting of Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Science. Graduates of this program are qualified to obtain entry-level position in their selected areas of study or to attend graduate school or professional school. As a part of the degree requirements, students must successfully pass an internship/capstone course which ensures qualification to obtain entry-level position in their selected areas of study or to attend graduate school or professional school.                        



  • Dr. Khalid Lodhi, along with the staff and faculty of the Department of Biological Sciences would like to give a big round of applause to Ms. Carla Peguese and her new appointment at a Wilmington, NC Crime Lab. She is a graduate of FSU with a degree in Forensic Chemistry. This is a huge accomplishment and we are so proud of Carla and her achievement.
  • Amber Maas, a Forensic Biology major, has been accepted into the Pathology Assistant program in Philadelphia, PA. We are so proud of the success that the graduates of the Forensic Science Program have achieved. For more information on the Forensic Science Program, please click on the link located on this website.


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