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.

Forensic Science class

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.

SLU's 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.

  • SOC 2600: Survey of Forensic Science
  • SOC 3620: Chemical Forensics with Lab
  • SOC 3630: Forensic Biology with Lab
  • SOC 3280: Forensic Anthropology
  • SOC 3590: Law and Society
  • SOC 4000: Field Work Practicum
  • SOC 4550: Crime Scene Investigation with Lab
  • SOC 4601: Death Investigation
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. 

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.