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Undeclared—Forensic Science Option

Preparation and potential

This option is for students who have an interest in forensic science but who want some time to decide on a specific area of study. Thanks to pop culture and media attention, forensic science has become a popular discipline with plenty of career potential. This option readies you for further study in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, microbiology, medical laboratory science, pharmaceutical chemistry, and environmental science, all of which are excellent preparation for a forensic science career.

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences recommends a degree in science for students interested in a career in forensic science. The United States Department of Justice recommends a “solid educational background in natural sciences with extensive laboratory coursework.” The University’s various science curricula fulfill these recommendations perfectly and also will serve you well if you decide to alter your career plans.

Careers

Television shows and movies have showcased the role of forensic scientists, but career opportunities extend far beyond the police crime lab. Forensic scientists work in:

  • All levels of law enforcement
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • U.S. Postal Service
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Curriculum

First-year students in the program take coursework that provides a basis for entering any of the University’s curricula.

First Year

Introductory Biology I, II or General Biology I, II
General Chemistry I, II or Principles of Chemistry I, II
General Chemistry Laboratory I, II or Principles of Chemistry Laboratory I, II
Writing and Rhetoric I, II
Mathematical Analysis I, II
Physical Education I, II
Misher Studies Orientation

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