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Columbia College Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science

A Forensic Science degree from Columbia College combines science and legal topics.

Contribute to the criminal justice system in the field or in the lab

Serve an integral role in the criminal justice system with a forensic science degree from Columbia College. This fascinating field brings sciences like biology, physics and chemistry together with criminal justice and law for work that is engrossing and rewarding.

The experts in our well-respected, cross-disciplinary program help students build skills and real-world experience for work in a crime laboratory as well as in the field.

Some of the specialty areas students can focus on include physical evidence, DNA, toxicology, latent prints and questioned documents. Academic advisors can point students toward the coursework for these and other areas of expertise.

Opportunities to study:

  • Atomic theory
  • Chemical reactions
  • Forensic evidence
  • Legal system
  • Evidence analysis
  • Skeletal analysis
  • DNA extraction

Prepare for a career in a diverse range of environmental fields

Columbia College graduates have the skills and knowledge to create effective strategies for the resolution of environmental challenges anywhere humans and nature intersect—in fields like conservation, natural resource management, soil science, agriculture or wildlife and fisheries management.

You will have the skills and knowledge to go beyond the immediate issue at hand to look toward long-term solutions through the lenses of natural resource management, policy and sustainability. In addition, your understanding of research methods and statistics for natural sciences will prepare you for advanced graduate study.

Some possible paths include:

  • Surveillance Investigator
  • Analytical Chemist
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Private Investigator
  • Criminal Investigator
  • Asset Protection Specialist
  • Senior Intelligence Analyst
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Available program formats

  • General education requirements 39-42 credit hours
  • Core requirements 65 credit hours
  • Electives 25 credit hours
  • Multicultural requirements 0 credit hours
  • Total degree requirements 120 credit hours

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