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Bachelor's Degree in Physical Sciences

Concentration: Forensic Science (BS)

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Forensic Science Concentration Overview

Purdue University Northwest’s Bachelor of Science in Physical Sciences with a Concentration in Forensic Science prepares students for a wide range of careers in forensic and industrial science.

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PNW is a leading innovator in forensic science education. We led the industry in the development of a virtual reality crime scene, and our students have presented leading-edge research at international conferences.

Our program produces professional scientists who are qualified for rewarding work in a number of fields. We also have strong relationships with several prestigious graduate programs.

Forensic Science Concentration Curriculum

As a forensic science student, you’ll take a balance of general education courses, College of Engineering and Sciences and physical sciences courses. In this program, you’ll study biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics and forensic science. You’ll learn how forensics applies to the court system and have opportunities to engage in scientific research.

Begin with classes in chemistry, criminalistics and evidence handling.

Forensic Science Concentration Course of Study

Sample Courses

  • CHM 11500 – General Chemistry
  • FIS 14005 – Introduction To Forensic Science: Evidence Handling

Explore physics, biology and quality system theory.

Forensic Science Concentration Course of Study

Sample Courses

  • CRJU 15000 – Introduction To The Criminal Justice System
  • CHM 26505 – Organic Chemistry

Expand on your science and humanities knowledge – and learn how to testify in court.

Forensic Science Concentration Course of Study

Sample Courses

  • PSY 35000 – Abnormal Psychology
  • FIS 35000 – Courtroom Demeanor

Develop your understanding of professional practice in forensics and apply it to hands-on scientific research.

Forensic Science Concentration Course of Study

Sample Courses

  • FIS 41000 – Professional Practice In Forensic Science
  • CHM 42400 – Analytical Chemistry II

Forensic Science Concentration Highlights

At PNW, we know that forensic scientists are, first and foremost, scientists. So, we train you in the core scientific disciplines and standard and innovative forensic techniques.

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Forensic Science Concentration Outcomes

As a Forensic Science major, you’ll get the vital skills you need to qualify for entry into government and various private sector careers. You’ll work with forensic scientists, learning evidence collection techniques and standard and state-of-the-art testing practices.

Forensic Science Concentration Career Paths

You’ll graduate well-prepared for a variety of jobs in forensic science, including:

  • Crime scene investigator
  • Crime lab technician
  • Industrial laboratory technician

Forensic Science Concentration Beyond the Classroom

More than 70 percent of our students participate in community engagement activities. Forensic Science majors also participate in:

  • College Ambassadors Program

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Forensic Science Concentration Scholarships

There are multiple scholarships available to students in this program, including:

  • Beulah Inc. Science Scholarship
  • Nils Nelson Endowed Scholarship
  • McNair Achievement Program Awards

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I am enjoying my college experience and getting to know my fellow students in an environment where my professors genuinely care about my success – and have taken the time to get to know me.

Sara Jerde

Physical Science, Concentration: Forensic Science, Westville

Meet the Faculty

Charles Steele

Charles A. Steele, M.S.

Lecturer of Physical Science

Charles Steele is a visiting instructor of Physical Science and serves as the forensic science coordinator. He teaches courses in forensics, chemistry and physics and mentors student research.

Christian G. Westring, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Crime and Forensics

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Earn a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Science with a Concentration in Forensic Science at PNW

Purdue University Northwest’s forensic science concentration teaches students how to analyze crime scenes, perform ballistic and fingerprint comparisons, maintain a proper chain of evidence and testify in a courtroom to support modern criminal investigations.

To see how a bachelor’s degree in physical science with a concentration in forensic science from PNW opens doors, from courtrooms to laboratories, take the next step today!

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