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 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.
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.
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.