Forensic Science


A concentration

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 do that?

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 business students to use the concentration to meet the requirement for a minor in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The Forensic Science concentration was 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). 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. 

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For a 21-credit concentration:

General Biology and Lab (SCI251 + SCIL251)
General Chemistry and Lab (SCI265 + SCIL265)
Elements of Forensic Science (SCI368)
Choose two (2) courses and one (1) lab
  • Biology II: Applications of Biological Principles and Lab (SCI253 + SCI L253)
  • Chemistry II: Chemical Systems (SCI267 + SCI L267)
  • Introduction to Biotechnology (SCI356)
  • Anatomy and Physiology and Lab (SCI360 + SCI L360)
  • Genetics and Lab (SCI363 + SCI L363)
  • Organic Chemistry and Lab (SCI365 + SCI L365)
  • Biochemistry (SCI367)
  • GIS for Environmental Decision Making and Lab (SCI376 + SCI L376)
  • Microbiology and Lab (SCI377 + SCI L377)
  • Histology (SCI369)
  • Foundations in Pharmaceutical Science (SCI459)
  • Special Topics: Environmental Investigation and Remediation (SCI485)

Choose one course for your Capstone requirement:

  • Biological Imaging (SCI450)
  • Instrumental Analysis for Environmental and Life Sciences (SCI451)
  • Environmental Toxicology and Risk Assessment (SCI457)
  • Directed Study in Science (SCI497)

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To learn more, please contact:
Gaytha Langlois, Ph.D. 
Chair and Professor
Department of Science and Technology