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Forensic Science

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

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Major in Forensic Science

SLU's forensic science students learn about science, mathematics and medicine, and their interaction with the law. The courses provide an understanding of how these fields come together not only in civil and criminal law but also when investigating accidents, natural and manmade disasters, and historical and archaeological evaluations.

Offered through SLU's Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the forensic science major follows the guidelines for accreditation standards of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, enabling graduates to compete on a national and global level. The program requires 77 credit hours divided among the science and social science disciplines, including biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, sociology and anthropology.

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


Students majoring in forensic science must take all of the following courses. Students minoring in forensic science must take the courses marked with an asterisk.

  • BIOL 1040: Principles of Biology I w/ Lab
  • BIOL 1060: Principles of Biology II w/ Lab
  • CHEM 1110/1115: Introduction to Chemistry I w/ Lab
  • CHEM 1120/1125: Introduction to Chemistry II w/ Lab
  • CHEM 2410/2415: Organic Chemistry I w/ Lab
  • CHEM 2420/2425: Organic Chemistry II w/ Lab
  • PHYS 1310/1320: Physics I w/ Lab
  • PHYS 1330/1340: Physics II w/ Lab
  • MATH 1510: Calculus I
  • MATH 1300 or SOC 3010: Statistics with Computers
  • FRSC 2600: Survey of Forensic Science*
  • FRSC 3620: Chemical Forensics w/Lab*
  • FRSC 3630: Forensic Biology w/Lab*
  • ANTH 3280: Forensic Anthropology
  • SOC 3590: Law and Society
  • SOC 4000: Field Work Practicum
  • SOC 4550: Crime Scene Investigation w/Lab*
  • SOC 4601: Death Investigation*

Forensic science majors will take 12 credit hours from the following courses, including a minimum of two laboratory courses:

  • BIOL 3020: Biochemistry and Molecular Cell Biology I (3 Credit Hours)
  • BIOL 3030: Genetics (3 Credit Hours)
  • BIOL 3040/3060: Cell Biology (4 Credit Hours)
  • BIOL 3100: Experiments in Genetics (2 Credit Hours)
  • BIOL 4580: Applied Population Genetics (3 Credit Hours)
  • BIOL 4640/4650: General Microbiology (5 Credit Hours)
  • BIOL 4700: Molecular Biology (3 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 2200/2205: Analytic/Quantitative Chemistry (4 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 3330: Physical Chemistry (3 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 4500: Inorganic Chemistry (3 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 4610/4615: Biochemistry (4 Credit Hours)
  • MATH 1520: Calculus II (4 Credit Hours)
  • Instrumental Analysis
  • Pharmacology - Toxicology

Forensic science minors will take six credit hours from the following courses:

  • ANTH 2210: Biological Anthropology with lab (4 Credit Hours)
  • ANTH 2240: Introduction to Archaeology (3 Credit Hours)
  • ANTH 3010: Quantitative Analysis (Statistics) or MATH 130 (3 Credit Hours)
  • ANTH 3280: Forensic Anthropology (3 Credit Hours)
  • SOC 3590: Law and Society (3 Credit Hours)
  • FRSC 4930: Current Cases and Topics in Forensic Science (3 Credit Hours)

Typical Course Sequence for Majors

Internships and Careers

Recent graduates who majored in forensic science at SLU work in a variety of fields, including medical examination and research. Alumni have also gone to top graduate programs in the country in the areas of forensic science, forensic anthropology, pathology, law and health service.


SLU’s forensic science faculty members hold the highest degrees available in their areas of specialization. Not only do they provide exceptional instruction at SLU, but most also are practicing professionals in the fields of forensic science and medical examination.

Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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Minor in Forensic Science

SLU’s minor in forensic science requires 23 credits, combining 17 credits of required courses and six credits of electives.

On-Campus Resources

Crime Scene Investigation

SLU’s Forensic Science Laboratory is a 1,000-square-foot teaching and research lab with the latest hardware, software and safety equipment, as well as materials used in the application of forensic anthropological techniques.

Each spring, the lab hosts a crime scene investigation course. The program also hosts a Forensic Science Club that offers forensic-related activities and exploration.