Careers in forensic science are among the top 30 fastest growing in the United States, with employment in this field projected to grow 19 percent by 2020. Marian University's forensic science program provides students with knowledge, skills and analytical techniques needed to enter the field or pursue graduate study. A Bachelor of Science degree and Chemistry minor is awarded to all who complete the program.
This program combines knowledge of criminal justice and forensic science in their broadest sense with thorough training in the approaches and analytical techniques of the laboratory scientist. Forensic scientists are often called upon to analyze a wide variety of evidence and events, and require a thorough preparation in a broad array of disciplines, including: biology, chemistry, criminal justice, forensic science, mathematics, physics and statistics. Students are trained in analytical and investigative processing techniques, crime scene investigation and reconstruction, criminal laboratory science, DNA analysis, evidence handling and management, expert witness testimony, police science and technical photography.
General Education Program: 46-49 credits University requirements. Major satisfies natural sciences and mathematics common core and elective core requirements, laboratory science common core requirement, social science elective core requirement, and applied liberal arts elective core requirement.
The forensic science major requires completion of a concurrent minor in chemistry, including CHE 201, CHE 251, CHE 202, CHE 252, and CHE 302.
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.
58-63 credits as follows:
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 350 Forensic Photography Lab., 1 cr.
FOS 304 Rules of Evidence, 3 cr.
FOS 305 Crime Scene Investigation, 3 cr.
FOS 355 Crime Scene Investigation Lab., 1 cr.
FOS 405 Forensic Sciences, 3 cr.
FOS 455 Forensic Sciences Lab., 1 cr.
FOS 412 Forensic Science Literature and Seminar, 2 cr.
FOS 497 Internship, 1-3 cr.
PHS 203 University Physics I, 5 cr.
PHS 205 University Physics II, 5 cr.
MAT 122 Introduction to Probability and Statistics, 4 cr.
MAT 304 Introduction to Mathematical Statistics I, 3 cr.