How do you solve a murder without a body? How do you prove you’re innocent when you look guilty as sin? What discipline is responsible for more “Aha!” moments that any other? Forensics — the recognition, collection, identification, and interpretation of physical evidence and the application of science and technology to provide objective facts for criminal or civil court cases. If you’re interested in forensics, there’s no more prestigious place to earn your degree than the world-renowned Henry C. Lee College. 

Study in the famous Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science

It doesn't get any more real than what you'll find here. A go-to resource for law enforcement agencies around the globe, this $14 million state-of-the-art center incorporates working crime-scene labs and high-tech visual displays as well as housing an extensive forensic archive. 

Choose a biology or chemistry focus.

Chemistry, biology, and medicine are the main disciplines used in forensics, although the science also uses physics, computer science, and mathematics. Our curriculum allows you to focus on chemistry or biology and also gives you the opportunity to choose upper level elective courses in specialized forensic disciplines or work toward a double major in chemistry or biology.

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)

Learn from teachers who are still active in the field.

Your instructors all have extensive experience and are highly respected in their individual disciplines. They continue to practice, serving as consultants and analysts on cases, so you will always be at the forefront of techniques and developments.

One of the most important abilities for scientists is the power of observation.  You need to be able to see what's going on and use it to help identify what information is needed to solve a case.

– Dr. Henry C. Lee

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Forensic Science, B.S.