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Forensic Science Major

Forensic science is an integral part of the criminal justice system in this country, helping to solve thousands of crimes each year. The forensic science program at Columbia College brings together the fields of biology, physics, chemistry, criminal justice and law to prepare you for a rewarding career in this exciting and fast-growing field.

You can mold your courses around your specific career goals and specialize in areas such as:

  • Physical Evidence
  • DNA
  • Trace Evidence
  • Toxicology
  • Latent Prints
  • Questioned Documents
  • among others...

In one of the most respected programs in the Midwest, you will develop all of the skills needed for a successful career in the field.

The major in Forensic Science is designed to provide training for students seeking to work in forensic science laboratories or who are planning to pursue careers in the field of forensic science. The major draws from the biological sciences, physics and chemistry as well as from the fields of criminal justice and the law.

Students majoring in this degree should work closely with their academic advisor to ensure proper coursework is taken for the student's preferred career option.

Career Opportunities

  • Forensic laboratory
  • Medical Examiner
  • Coroner
  • Law Enforcement
  • District Attorney
  • Drug Enforcement Agency
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • U.S. Secret Service
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • and many more!



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