Forensic science is the use of sciences to examine physical evidence in criminal cases. It plays a vital role in the criminal justice system by providing scientifically based information through the analysis of physical evidence. Our forensic chemistry major will provide you with an educational, ethical and scientific background needed to pursue laboratory careers as a physical evidence examiner or researcher.
The forensic chemistry major was built upon the rigorous accreditation specifications of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. It is designed for students who are pursuing a career working with drugs or unknown substances and who are interested in trace evidence analysis of paint, glass, fibers, hairs, latent prints, or firearms. Our curriculum provides flexibility and allows you to focus your studies on your interests and career goals.
- FORS 201 Forensic Science
- FORS 300 Physical Methods in Forensic Investigation
- FORS 310 Forensic Biology
- FORS 320 Forensic Chemistry
- FORS 320L Forensic Chemistry - Lab
- FORS 330 Forensic Evidence
- FORS 340 Science and Justice in the Community
- FORS 390 Forensic Anthropology
- FORS 430 Special Topics in Forensic Science
- FORS 431 Crime Scene Investigation
- FORS 432 Death Investigation - Scene to Court
- FORS 433 Forensic Entomology
- FORS 433L Forensic Entomology - Lab
- FORS 434 Seminar in Forensic Science
- FORS 435 Research Design and Grant Writing
- FORS 490 Internship in Forensic Science
We have strong collaborative ties with other academic departments such as chemistry and pharmacy which allows students to pursue double majors or minors that complement a forensic science education.
With top-notch laboratories on campus and highly experienced faculty, you will have the knowledge and experience needed to pursue graduate school or land a position within a forensic laboratory following graduation.
Top-Notch Laboratory Space
If you haven't visited the University of Findlay yet, we strongly encourage you to schedule a visit to see our laboratory space you will get to work in as a forensic science major. You will gain hands-on experience in our very own crime lab, which is comparable to many national crime laboratories.
Experiential Learning & Student Engagement
Our students thrive because of our experiential learning-based program design. You will learn hands-on throughout the program and have opportunities to work in our state-of-the-art forensic science lab. Forensic science majors have opportunities to explore other areas of interest within the field, such as latent fingerprints, firearms examination, forensic anthropology, and forensic entomology.
Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Club
At Findlay, there are many clubs and organizations offered on campus that you can get involved in. With nearly 80, you’re sure to find people that share your interests including the student-run Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Club.
- Ride- alongs with local police agencies
- Active participation in real-life law enforcement scenarios through the utilization of Firearm Training Simulators
- Stimulating conversations with professionals and experts in the criminal justice field
- Tours of male and female prisons and jails and area crime labs
Delta Delta Epsilon
Delta Delta Epsilon is a National Forensic Science Honor Society. The activities of the Society are designed to stimulate academic achievement, promote community understanding and advance the fields of forensic science.
Students must have declared a major in forensic science or related field and have completed at least 37.5 of the total hours/credits required for the degree. Students must also attain a minimum GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.
Graduates of our Forensic Science Program have found employment at a variety of agencies such as:
- Columbus Police Department Crime Lab
- Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office Crime Lab
- Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Crime Lab
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Michigan State Police Forensic Science Division
- Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation
- Stark County Crime Lab
- Wisconsin Department of Justice
- New York State Police Department
- Ohio State Highway Patrol Crime Lab
- Palm Beach County, Florida Crime Lab
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