You’ve seen it on various television dramas: a single piece of evidence takes a crime from “unsolved” to “solved.” How do professionals develop the skills to untangle the clues?
If you are interested in a career involving police and medical investigation of crime scenes and criminal acts, as well as the laboratory assessment of materials associated with such investigations, Bryant’s Forensic Science program may be for you. Forensic techniques can be used in relation to crime or civil actions – from tracking industrial responsibility for toxic spills to assessing the cause of a bridge or building collapse. The program design allows College of Business students to use the concentration to meet the requirement for a minor in the College of Arts and Sciences.
The design of the Forensic Science concentration is based on standards set forth for a B.S. degree in Forensic Science by the Council of Forensic Science Educators (COFSE), and certification requirements described by the American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS).
Future careers, post-grad opportunities
The Forensic Science concentration will enable you to explore the scope of professional careers, examine specialties that make up forensic teams, and identify personal interests that will sustain you as you navigate through more advanced studies. You will be prepared for post-graduate study in areas such as trauma assessment, forensic photography, ballistics, medical entomology, soil and chemical analysis, biochemistry, geographical information systems (GIS) and mapping, bioimaging, DNA analysis, pharmaceutical science, or medical studies. Internship opportunities to apply technical expertise will be available, along with the opportunity for special skills training or certification.
Forensic Science faculty
The concentration in Forensic Science highlights the expertise of our faculty. It pairs well with existing majors and minors in the Department of Science and Technology (Biology, Environmental Science, and Biotechnology). Laboratory classes will include skills development for future forensics studies. Special speakers in the fields of law enforcement, health management, genetic analysis, medical assessment, and DNA testing will be integrated into curricular and co-curricular activities.