The Department offers a Major and Minor in Forensic Science. Forensic Science is carried out across a range of disciplines from accounting to zoology and most academic fields in between.
|Students work on a crime scene analysis in the AAFS lab.|
Our program recognizes multiple career tracks including: 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, social sciences, law, and health professions.
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. 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.
For a closer look at the type of work you can do with a Forensic Science major watch this video interview of Erik Hall.
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Probation and Dismissal Polices
Students that earn a final grade of ‘C-‘ or lower in a course (excluding a ‘W") will trigger a review by the department. If a student who qualifies for a review is found to have a major GPA lower than a ‘C' (2.0) average in their major coursework, that student will be placed on probation for the following semester.
Students will remain on probation until their cumulative major GPA is at or above a ‘C' (2.0) average. Students will have two probationary semesters ((P1) after the initial review and (P2) after a second semester of falling below a 2.0) to correct their cumulative GPA*. Upon falling below the ‘C' (2.0) average for a third semester (semester do not need to consecutive), students will then qualify for program dismissal (PD) and will be removed from the program.
*If a student does not take a course in the major during a semester after being put on probation, the next evaluation period will occur only when a student takes the next course in their major area.