Forensic science

Forensic Science

Finding answers to life’s challenging questions.

For some, there’s nothing quite like meeting a challenge head on. In the world of forensic science, this is what happens every day. As a professional in this field you’ll have a broad range of investigative responsibilities, and Marian's program will equip you with the analytical knowledge, skills and techniques it takes to get the job done.

The Program
The forensic science program at Marian offers a distinctive interdisciplinary approach that brings together various aspects of biology, chemistry, mathematics, statistics, criminal justice, physics and forensic science. As a result, you’ll build essential skills in investigative processing, crime scene reconstruction, criminal laboratory science, DNA analysis, evidence handling, police science, expert witness testimony and technical photography.

The Possibilities
As you might imagine, the forensic science program offers extensive hands-on training and an abundance of opportunities to apply what you’ve learned in meaningful settings. Some areas you might find yourself working include Automated Fingerprint Identification System; bloodstain pattern analysis; crime scene investigation; “CSI Effect”; decomposition, detection, and recovery of remains; fingerprint identification, recovery and analysis; and forensic photography and electronic digital imaging.

The Results
As technology continues to evolve and agencies across the country are relying more on forensic science experts, the field will continue to see dramatic growth. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor projects the need for forensic science technicians to grow 19 percent through the year 2020. As a graduate of the program, you’ll be prepared to meet the professional and accreditation standards for forensic positions in private agencies, as well as at the local, state and federal levels.

The Marian Difference
As much as anything, the forensic science program offers you versatility. When you graduate from the program, you’ll also have earned enough credits to be awarded a minor in chemistry. And the broad nature of the program’s curriculum offers ideal preparation if you’re looking to pursue an advanced degree and apply for graduate admission in medicine, dentistry, optometry and veterinary medicine.

Program Information

General Education Program: 46-49 credits of University requirements

Forensic science courses
50-52 credits:
BIO 101 Biological Principles I, 4 cr.
BIO 102 Biological Principles II, 4 cr.
BIO 301 Genetics & Lab, 4 cr.
CRJ 101 Intro to Criminal Justice System, 3 cr.
CRJ 302 Criminal Procedures, 3 cr.
CRJ 340 Principles of Judicial Practice, 3 cr.
FOS 105 Survey of Forensic Sciences, 1 cr.
FOS 300 Forensic Photography, 3 cr.
FOS 304 Rules of Evidence, 3 cr.
FOS 305 Crime Scene Investigation, 3 cr.
FOS 350 Forensic Photography Lab., 1 cr.
FOS 355 Crime Scene Investigation Lab., 1 cr.
FOS 405 Forensic Sciences, 3 cr.
FOS 412 Forensic Science Literature and Seminar, 2 cr.
FOS 455 Forensic Sciences Lab., 1 cr.
FOS 497 Internship, 1-3 cr.
PHS 203 University Physics I, 5 cr.
PHS 205 University Physics II, 5 cr.

3-4 credits from the following:
MAT 122 Introduction to Probability and Statistics, 4 cr.
MAT 304 Introduction to Mathematical Statistics I, 3 cr.

Chemistry minor
25 credits:
CHE 101 Principles of Chemistry I, 4 cr.
CHE 102 Principles of Chemistry II, 4 cr.
CHE 201 Organic Chemistry I, 3 cr.
CHE 202 Organic Chemistry II, 3 cr.
CHE 251 Organic Chemistry I Lab, 1 cr.
CHE 252 Organic Chemistry II Lab, 1 cr.
CHE 300 Analytical Chemistry, 4 cr.
CHE 302 Biochemistry, 5 cr.

5-7 credits from the following:
BIO 301 Cell and Molecular Biology, 4 cr.
CHE 301 Instrumental Analysis, 4 cr.
CHE 401 Physical Chemistry I, 3 cr.
CHE 402 Physical Chemistry II, 3 cr.
CHE 411 Advanced Organic Chemistry, 3 cr.
CHE 451 Physical Chemistry I Lab, 1 cr.
CHE 452 Physical Chemistry II Lab, 1 cr.
FOS 406 Detection and Recovery of Remains, 2 cr.
FOS 407 Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, 2 cr.
FOS 408 Fingerprint Analysis, 2 cr.
FOS 409 Advanced Forensic Photography, 2 cr.
FOS 457 Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Lab, 1 cr.
FOS 458 Fingerprint Analysis Lab, 1 cr.
FOS 459 Advanced Forensic Photography Lab, 1 cr.

For more details regarding this program, view Marian’s Academic Bulletin.

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Progression policy
Forensic science majors must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 beginning with entry to sophomore year and continuing through the first semester of senior year. Progression will be based on fall and spring ending cumulative GPAs only.

Transfer students must complete one-half of their major and one-third of their minor credits at Marian University.


Fun Fact

Marian hosts one commencement ceremony each year in May (Source: Academic Bulletin, 2013-2014).

Campus Info

Marian University
45 S. National Ave.
Fond du Lac, WI 54935-4699


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