Hands-on Application

Graduate students in the forensic science program have a wealth of hands-on experiences available in on-campus laboratories and in the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science. Students in the forensic technology program may also complete an internship, while criminalistics students complete a required thesis project.

Students seeking employment in a forensic science laboratory are subject to background checks similar to those required for law enforcement officers and are likely to be a condition of employment. (Reference: National Institute of Justice)

Students who are interested in pursuing a career in a DNA laboratory as a forensic DNA analyst are required to take nine (9) cumulative hours of coursework in biochemistry, molecular biology, and genetics is required. Coursework in population genetics is desirable. Employers will require documentation, such as a syllabus, for coursework with other titles. (Reference: FBI Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories)

Sample Courses

Forensic Science, M.S. Program
Forensic Anthropology Forensic DNA Analysis
Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Forensic Microscopy
Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Law and Evidence
Firearms Examination Toxicology

Sample Employers

Forensic Science, M.S. Program
Baltimore Police Department Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Boston Police Department MA State Police
CA Department of Justice Milwaukee County Medical Examiner
City of New Haven Minneapolis Police Department
CT State Police NH State Police Forensic Laboratory
CT Forensic Science Laboratory Sacramento Fire Department
Dallas County — Institute of Forensic Sciences University of Virginia
FBI U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory
GA Bureau of Investigation WA State Crime Laboratory
Houston Police Department Crime Laboratory Firearms Section