Forensic Science (B.S.)
Explore the intersection of science and criminal justice and prepare to thrive in a fast-growing field.
Combining science, criminal justice and the law, forensic science offers some of today’s most fascinating careers. As a forensic science student at UND, you’ll immerse yourself in the forensic lab and learn to apply science to a range of legal issues.
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- Est. time to complete:
- 4 years
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Why Study Forensic Science at UND?
Forensic science is a fast-growing field that offers a variety of career opportunities. In the forensic science program at UND, you'll study everything from biology and chemistry to forensic anthropology and criminal procedures.
An interdisciplinary program, the B.S. draws on resources from departments including anthropology, biology, chemistry, criminal justice, physics and psychology. You can choose from four sub-plans or complete the traditional forensic science curriculum. The four sub-plan options are:
- Forensic Wildlife Biology
- Forensic Molecular Biology
- Chemical Analysis
Whichever path you choose, you'll get experience in a forensic laboratory, especially in security, chain of custody and forensic report writing.
Attend annual meetings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
Join the Forensic Science Club to participate in social gatherings, presentations and demonstrations for local high schools.
Engage in science outreach in conjunction with the Dakota Science Center's annual Science Day.
Projected job growth for forensic science technicians*
Median annual salary for forensic science technicians*
A degree in forensic science serves as a springboard to fulfilling careers at the intersection of justice and science. Whatever area of science interests you, the field of forensic science has a career path for you.
Popular career choices include:
- DNA analyst
- Evidence analyst
- Crime scene technician
- Crime laboratory analyst
- Medical examiner
UND graduates have gone on to careers in law enforcement, corrections and other fields across the United States, including in:
- North Dakota