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Creating Forensics Scientists who revolutionize crime laboratories and criminal investigation

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Prepare for a Career in Forensic Science

The 手机赌博app Forensic Science undergraduate degree program is designed to provide students the precise education and training crime laboratories require. 手机赌博app students earning a Bachelor of Science with a major in Forensic Science Degree will be prepared for immediate employment as forensic scientists.

Forensic scientists typically work in laboratory environments, but may also find themselves in courtrooms, at crime scenes, in classrooms, or in morgues.  Employers may be federal, state and local governments; private forensic laboratories; medical examiner offices; international organizations; hospitals; universities; police departments; or they may work independently as forensic science consultants.

By offering three distinct forensic science specializations under the umbrella of the Bachelor of Science with a major in Forensic Science degree program (Forensic Biology, Forensic Chemistry and Forensic Examination), 手机赌博app students have the ability to select the precise forensic curricula that will prepare them to achieve their career goals.

  • The Forensic Biology specialization prepares students for positions as DNA analysts, performing blood and other biological material testing on all types of physical evidence to help solve crime through the discriminating power genetic testing.
  • The Forensic Chemistry specialization prepares students for positions as drug chemists and forensic toxicologists. These scientists utilize the latest technologies to identify legally controlled substances and other dangerous drugs or unknown materials.
  • The Forensic Examination specialization prepares students for positions as trace evidence analysts, latent fingerprint examiners, firearm and toolmark examiners, and questioned document examiners. Students selecting this specialization will learn how to examine ‘impression’ type evidence such as finger and palm prints, footwear, tires, bullets, cartridge casings and documents; as well as understand the science and technologies associated with the forensic analysis of paint, glass, hair, fiber, gunshot residues, vehicle lamps and more.

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Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in Forensic Science are expected to be able to:

  • Think critically and analyze complex data for the benefit of the criminal justice system
  • Apply diverse information and skills toward solving real-world problems associated with solving crimes
  • Utilize laboratory skills with exacting standards and precision of care within the context of solving crimes

Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review
Bowling Green State University [手机赌博app] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  手机赌博app has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The Forensic Science program will undergo Program/Cluster Review during the Academic Year 2025-26.

Professional Licensure (If applicable)
Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Forensic Science program does not lead to professional licensure.

Gainful Employment (If applicable)
    

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Forensic Science program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.

Specializations:

  • Forensic Biology
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Forensic Examination

Learning Outcomes – Forensic Biology
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  • use laboratory competence garnered through required university coursework in forensic science, biology and chemistry.