Forensic Science

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A bachelor’s degree in Forensic Science can prepare you for a career as a forensic scientist, criminalist, or in a technical position; in the fields of medicine, pharmaceuticals, chemical and biological analysis, food safety, and homeland security. 

Core objectives of the degree include:

  • Advancing analytical and critical thinking
  • Problem-solving
  • Oral and written communication
  • Technology
  • Quantitative literacy
  • Ethics
  • Application of learning in the field
  • Civic learning, and
  • An appreciation of diversity and of the increasingly global world.

The goal is to graduate students who possess the knowledge, experiences, and skills needed to lead a meaningful, reflective life, who will be productive and contributing citizens, who will be successful in their forensic and criminal justice careers, and who will be life-long learners.

This degree is offered through the Department of Justice and Community Studies and can be completed at Miami University’s regional locations, with the option of completing much of the science coursework at the Oxford campus.

What classes would I take?

See Miami University's General Bulletin for the Forensic Science core program requirements.

What can I do with this major?

Criminal Justice offers students a comprehensive and dynamic understanding of crime, justice, punishment and corrections, policing, and the legal system within the context of a liberal arts education. Forensic Science is the use of science in law.

Local Job Statistics

According to the 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the state of Ohio employs 6,630 people in forensic science-related positions (private detectives/investigators, fire inspectors, forensic science technicians, and judges/hearing officers), not including over 24,000 police and sheriff's patrol officers. The Occupational Outlook Handbook forecasts national job growth for forensic science technicians of 27 percent for the period 2014-2024.

Graduates with a major in Forensic Science are qualified for careers such as:

  • Forensic Anthropology Assistant
  • Forensic Science Technician
  • Crime Lab/Scene Technician
  • Biology/Microbiology Laboratory technician
  • Chemistry/Biochemistry Laboratory Technician
  • Graduate Degree pursuit in related areas

Forensic Science Employers in Southwest Ohio

How do I get started?

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