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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 program goes far beyond police work, bringing together the disciplines of biology, chemistry, criminal justice and law to prepare you for a rewarding career in this exciting and fast-growing field. 

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:

  • Drugs and toxicology
  • Fingerprint identification
  • Explosives chemistry
  • DNA analysis
  • Evidence analysis
  • Advanced instrumentation
  • Expert testimony

Prepare for a career in a diverse range of forensic science fields

Columbia College graduates have the skills and knowledge to gather and analyze evidence and forensic samples to find details about a crime that has occurred. From collecting physical evidence at a crime scene to conducting laboratory analyses to reporting on the facts of the case, you will learn how important it is to be systematic and thorough at all times during an investigation.

When you enroll to study this fast-growing field, you’ll learn hands-on applications of scientific principles, as well as the ins and outs of related professions like law, criminal justice, and communications.

Some possible paths include:

  • Forensic Chemist
  • Forensic Toxicologist
  • Trace Evidence Examiner
  • Medicolegal Death Investigator
  • Crime Scene Technician
  • Forensic Anthropologist
  • Fingerprint Specialist
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Dr. Melinda McPherson

"That’s how my specialty in the area of explosives developed. I wanted to get in the laboratory and work cases."

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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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