Saint Louis University

Forensic Science

The Department offers a Major and Minor in Forensic Science. Forensic Science is the scientific method of gathering and analyzing evidence.  It is carried out across a range of disciplines from accounting to zoology and most academic fields in between.  Forensic science has its application to civil and criminal law.  The field includes the application of forensic science to accidents, natural and man-made disasters, historial/archaeological evaluations of death and life style to more contemporary establishment of death for criminal or civil purposes.

Forensic Instructor

Students work on a crime scene analysis in the AAFS lab.

Our program recognizes multiple career tracks in forensic science: lab medical examiners and investigators/evidence technicians.  These positions require training in a physical, life or clinical lab sciences (e.g. biology and chemistry).  The program is designed to integrate science and investigations and provide a substantial complement to majors in other sciences, law, and health professions.

We are one of the few programs in the country to offer a bachelors of science major in forensic science based on a curriculum qualified for accreditation by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

Unique Features of the Program
The practicum is a required fieldwork placement in a forensic laboratory.  The practicum is designed to complement the student's career interests (e.g., crime lab, medical examiners and forensic anthropology).  In addition, the student receives hands-on laboratory experience in forensic anthropology, biology, and chemistry.  Further, students are involved in a Medico-legal Death Investigator course, sponsored by the Department of Pathology at Saint Louis University.  Finally, alumni are found in medical schools, medical examiner offices, U.S. marshalls and a range of graduate and professional programs.

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