Saint Louis University

Major in Forensic Science

Offered by the Saint Louis University College of Arts and Sciences  

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in forensic science
  • Minor in forensic science
Download a fact sheet about SLU's undergraduate forensic science degree.  


Saint Louis University Forensic Science Degree Overview 

Saint Louis University's undergraduate degree program in forensic science ensures that you are not only well-versed in scientific methodology but also prepared to dedicate your understanding of law and science across most industries in the service of others.

SLU's forensic science students learn to employ biology, chemistry, anthropology, sociology, physics, mathematics and medicine to better understand the intersection of law and science, not only as it applies to civil and criminal law but also to accidents, natural and man-made disasters, and historical and archaeological evaluations.     

What You'll Learn in SLU's Forensic Science Degree Program

SLU's forensic science major follows the guidelines for accreditation standards of American Academy of Forensic Sciences, enabling its graduates to compete on a national and global level. The program requires 77 credit hours divided among the science and social science disciplines. Coursework covers the areas of biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, sociology and anthropology including courses such as:

  • Population Genetics 
  • Instrumental Analysis
  • Pharmacology - Toxicology
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Death Investigation

Fieldwork practicums are required for forensic science majors, giving you the opportunity to be involved in the laboratories, law enforcement agencies and legal and medical organizations in the St. Louis area.

What Can You Do With a Degree in Forensic Science from SLU?  

Recent graduates with a degree in forensic science from SLU are employed in a variety of fields, including medical examination and research in medical laboratories. Alumni have also gone to top graduate programs in the country in the areas of forensic science, forensic anthropology, pathology, law and health service.        

Learn more about SLU's undergraduate admission requirementsscholarships and financial aid, or take our majors quiz to find other SLU undergraduate degrees that might interest you.

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