Gain a solid foundation in both the biology and the chemistry necessary for many forensic investigations along with applications relevant to crime labs. Your coursework will integrate the sciences with courses in criminal justice. In Trinity’s state-of-the-art science laboratories, you’ll gain hands-on laboratory experience, learn critical thinking and data analysis skills, and how to effectively communicate scientific information. In the forensic science program, you will apply scientific knowledge and methods as well as articulate the connections between the sciences and other fields of knowledge.

Forensic science majors build and hone the skills needed for employment at forensic science and public health laboratories. They are also prepared to pursue graduate studies in forensic science and related fields.

Learn about Trinity’s Inclusive Excellence in STEM initiative.

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Degree Level: Undergraduate
Degree Type: B.S.
School: College of Arts and Sciences
Offered as a Major: Yes
Offered as a Minor: No
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Gain a solid foundation in both the biology and the chemistry necessary for many forensic investigations along with applications relevant to crime labs. Your coursework will integrate the sciences with courses in criminal justice. In Trinity’s state-of-the-art science laboratories, you’ll gain hands-on laboratory experience, learn critical thinking and data analysis skills, and how to effectively communicate scientific information. In the forensic science program, you will apply scientific knowledge and methods as well as articulate the connections between the sciences and other fields of knowledge.

Forensic science majors build and hone the skills needed for employment at forensic science and public health laboratories. They are also prepared to pursue graduate studies in forensic science and related fields.

Learn about Trinity’s Inclusive Excellence in STEM initiative.

Gain a solid foundation in both the biology and the chemistry necessary for many forensic investigations along with applications relevant to crime labs.

Learn In Demand Skills

  • Gain in the biology and chemistry necessary for many forensic investigations, with applications relevant to crime laboratories
  • Learn how science informs criminal investigations through courses in forensic science and criminal justice
  • Get hands-on experience with instrumentation essential for analyzing body tissue and fluid samples, including DNA fingerprinting, and detecting chemicals for material evidence, including controlled substance determination
  • Secure a future in crime lab careers, such as DNA analysts, forensic scientist/specialists, and criminalists (firearms/serology/toxicology)
  • Pursue graduate degrees in Forensic Science fields

Gain Experience: Recent Internships

  • DC Department of Forensic Science – Latent Fingerprint Lab
  • DC Department of Forensic Science – Public Health Lab
  • Children’s National Medical Center

Prepare for Success: Potential Careers

  • Crime Lab Technician
  • Crime Scene Technician
  • Field Agent
  • Forensic Examiner
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Forensic Laboratory Manager
  • DNA Analyst
  • Toxicologist

Featured Forensic Science Courses

BIOL 220 Introductory Forensic Science
BIOL 241 Introductory Genetics
BIOL 341 Cell and Molecular Biology
CHEM 111 Fundamentals of Chemistry I
CHEM 112 Fundamentals of Chemistry II
CHEM 222 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 350 Forensic Instrumental Analysis

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