Explore the scope of careers, examine specialties that make up forensic teams, and identify interests that will sustain you as you navigate through more advanced studies. Offered as a concentration.
This concentration is intended for undergraduate students interested in professional careers involving police and medical investigation of crime scenes and criminal acts, laboratory assessment of materials associated with such investigations, and preparation for advanced study in areas such as trauma assessment, forensic photography, ballistics, medical entomology, soil and chemical analysis, biochemistry, geographical information systems (GIS) and mapping, bio-imaging, DNA analysis, pharmaceutical science, or medical studies.
You will develop the ability to conduct basic or applied laboratory research and to gain skill sets and technical expertise that will enable graduates to move forward in a forensic science career.
This concentration could be combined with either a Business concentration (serving to meet the requirement for an A&S minor), or with an Arts & Science major such as Communication, Economics or Applied Psychology.
Most of the work of forensic scientists is done in a laboratory, utilizing highly accurate instrumentation and working collaboratively with other highly trained specialists. Basic training in the sciences enables you to prepare for developing more advanced skill sets. This concentration enables you to explore the scope of professional careers, to examine the collage of narrow specialties that make up collaborative forensic teams, and to identify your passion to sustain you as you navigate through more advanced studies.
Forensic techniques can also be used to track industrial responsibility for toxic releases, to assess engineering failures such as bridge or building collapse, and to assist countries following natural disasters, disease outbreaks, or wars.