General Education Courses
As a bachelor’s level student, you are required to take about 30 credits of general education courses as part of the 120 credits required for a bachelor’s degree. General Education courses are required regardless of your major.
All students take 10.5 to 17 credits in these areas:
- Mathematical Reasoning
- Argumentative and Research Writing
- Introduction to Christian Theology
- Interpersonal Communication
- Introduction to Ethical Reasoning
- First Year Studies
Forensic science majors will take courses covering topics such as:
- Genetics and Lab
- Forensic Sciences
- Forensic Photography
- Crime Scene Investigation
- Organic Chemistry
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Understand the major scientific principles behind forensic science analysis.
- Understand how to recognize, collect, secure, and preserve physical evidence.
- Understand how to perform physical, chemical, and/or biological analyses to locate and identify items having evidential value.
- Understand how to interpret and compare analytical data generated from the analyses of physical/chemical evidence and known exemplars.
- Understand how to recognize the potential for forensic examinations in areas outside an area of specialization, prioritize the sequence of examinations, and handle evidence accordingly.
- Evaluate the appropriateness and/or the appropriate method of securing samples.
- Understand the use of laboratory instrumentation.
- Observe safe practices to ensure the safety of analysts.
- Understand legal processes including courtroom testimony, relevant legal decisions and concepts.
- Recognize and employ quality assurance measures to ensure the integrity of the analyses.
- Understand the importance of impartial and ethical work practices.
We prepare students for careers in forensic science, crime scene investigation or death investigation. The interdisciplinary nature of the curriculum also provides students the coursework necessary for careers in scientific laboratories or for graduate study in forensic science or professional health programs.
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. Careers in forensic science are among the fastest growing in the U.S., with employment in the field projected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to grow 14 percent by 2028.
The Marian University 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. The broad nature of the program’s curriculum offers ideal preparation if you are looking to pursue an advanced degree in forensic science, chemistry, biology, medicine, dentistry, optometry, or veterinary medicine, or other related fields.
Students in the Marian University Forensic Science program must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 starting with entrance to the program and throughout the first semester of senior year. Students may not earn a grade lower than C in any of the required major or chemistry minor courses.