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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Why earn a bachelor's degree in forensic science?
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
Whichever path you choose, you'll get experience in a forensic laboratory, especially
in security, chain of custody and forensic report writing.
Forensic Science at UND
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
Forensic Science Careers
Projected job growth 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:
Crime scene technician
Crime laboratory analyst
UND graduates have gone on to careers in law enforcement, corrections and other fields
across the United States, including in:
Forensic Science Courses
ANAT 204. Anatomy for Paramedical Personnel. 3 Credits.
Two lectures per week presenting a system-based study of human gross anatomy. Prerequisite: Must have 12 or more credits. F,S.
CJ 352. Criminal Investigation. 3 Credits.
An overview and examination of basic principles and techniques in the criminal investigations procedures and the rules of the law of evidence in criminal court proceedings. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing; CJ majors and minors or Forensic Science majors. F.
ANTH 439. Human Osteology. 4 Credits.
This course is an intensive examination of human skeletal anatomy, covering the features of the entire human skeleton and the relationship of human osteology to other fields, including palaeoanthropology, palaeopathology, forensic anthropology, and vertebrate anatomy. Prerequisite: ANTH 170 or ANTH 270 or ANAT 204 or consent of instructor. F.
ANTH 270. Introduction to Forensic Anthropology. 3 Credits.
Forensic anthropology is the study of skeletal remains in a medico-legal context for the purpose of identification and trauma analysis. This course covers the history of this field, its relevance to death investigation in the United States, and the theories and techniques applied to skeletal identification. On demand.
CJ 201. Introduction to Criminal Justice. 3 Credits.
An undergraduate study and overview of the criminal justice system emphasizing the "system," its legal actors and its political constraints. Designed for the beginning student in law enforcement, criminology, corrections, sociology, social welfare, government and pre-law. F,S.
CJ 342. Criminal Procedure. 3 Credits.
This course covers requirements of the American system of criminal procedure, especially regarding the legal requirements of search and seizure, interrogation, right to counsel, and eyewitness identifications. Special attention is given to the relationship between the 4th , 5th , 6th , 8th , and 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution and the development of the law of criminal procedure. Prerequisite: CJ majors and minors or Forensic Science majors. S.
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