Forensic science refers to a wide array of disciplines that apply the knowledge and techniques of science to the investigation of crime and the courts of law. Forensic science, sometimes referred to as “criminalistics” includes specialized areas of Forensic Biology (DNA analysis, forensic biochemistry, and botanical analysis), Forensic Chemistry (toxicology, microscopy, hair and fiber analysis, glass analysis, and explosives), Fingerprint and Footprint Analysis, Forensic Document Analysis, and Toolmark and Firearms Identification. There are a number of forensic science careers outside the traditional forensic science crime laboratory. These include Forensic Anthropology, Forensic Odontology, Forensic Psychology, Forensic Pathology, Forensic Computer Science, Forensic Entomology, Forensic Nursing, and Forensic Engineering.

Pre-Forensic Studies Advising

For more information about pre-forensic studies, contact:

Leslie Harlacker


Donna Amenta

Faculty members with particular areas of expertise can provide useful advice to students interested in pursuing forensic science, including specialized careers within forensics.

Biology:  Terrie Rife  Contact Info  and Roshna Wunderlich  Contact Info
Chemistry: Donna Amenta  Contact Info
Anthropology: Leslie Harlacker  Contact Info 
Justice Studies:  Peggy Plass  Contact Info

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