Dusting for fingerprints and applying other modern techniques of science to the law is what makes Forensic Science one of the most interesting majors on campus. By utilizing scientific evidence and reasoning to assist in solving crimes, you’ll become part of an elite group of forensic scientists across the nation. With the only undergraduate program in the Northern Tier states, UND offers a comprehensive and competitive education in forensic science to help you start the career you’ve always wanted.
With two tracks of study, one with more lab involvement than the other, you’ll have a wide range of courses and areas to study. A few of the classes you might take are:
- Forensic Sciences and Analysis of Forensic Evidence
- Criminal Justice
- Criminal Investigations
- General Biology
- Organic Chemistry
- Public Speaking
With experiential learning and field experiences across the nation available to students, you’ll have the unique opportunity to expose yourself to real-world situations that require forensic scientists.
Internships—By participating in experiential learning opportunities in crime labs in North Dakota, Minnesota, Maine, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado and California, you can deepen your understanding of concepts learned in the classroom.
Clubs and Organizations—The Forensic Science Club is an active student organization on campus and supports fundraising to send forensic science students to the annual meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences each year. A popular event they host is the Haunted Lab each Halloween in O’Kelly Hall on campus.
With a variety of careers in a multitude of sectors, you’ll be able to secure employment in many different areas. Some popular career choices are:
- Forensic DNA analyst
- Forensic chemist
- Trace evidence analyst
- Forensic scientist/criminalist
- US Patent Office
- Primary/secondary science educator
- Private industry laboratory personnel
- US Military
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