Forensic Science

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Forensic Biology Concentration

Forensic Chemistry Concentration

Degree Concentrations

  • B.S. in Forensic Science, Chemistry Concentration
  • B.S. in Forensic Science, Biology Concentration

Who Would be Interested in Forensic Science?

Students who:

  • Enjoy learning science and working in a laboratory
  • Have the patience and diligence to perform work to very high quality standards
  • Want to work in a situation where they apply scientific knowledge to solve complex real-life analytical chemistry problems in support of investigative work
  • Can communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Have personal integrity and high ethical standards
  • Have no history of drug abuse or criminal activity

Why Forensic Science?

  • Accredited by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission
  • One of only 18 accredited undergraduate programs in the U.S.
  • Well-established program with an excellent reputation nationally
  • Versatile degree, with employment opportunities in forensic labs, chemical industry and environmental labs

What Are the Requirements to be Admitted to the Program?

  • Students admitted to EKU must complete all core science courses with a minimum grade of C before enrolling in 400-level forensic science courses.
  • Core courses include general, organic, and quantitative chemistry; physics, biology, and calculus I.

Where Are Recent Graduates Employed?

  • Forensic Scientist, Kentucky State Police Central Lab
  • Firearms Examiner, U.S. Army Expeditionary Forensics Laboratory, Afghanistan
  • Vanderbilt University, PhD graduate student in chemistry

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