Forensic science simply refers to the use of sciences to examine physical evidence in criminal cases. Many fields have a forensic subdiscipline (e.g., forensic accounting, forensic anthropology). Forensic biology plays a vital role in the criminal justice system by providing scientifically-based information through the analysis of biological evidence. Our forensic biology major will provide you with an educational, ethical and scientific background needed to pursue careers such as:
Forensic DNA Analyst
Forensic Analyst of Blood and Body Fluids
Crime Scene Investigator
Pattern Analyst (e.g., Fingerprints, Blood Stain Patterns)
Medical Lab Technician
Research Scientist (private sector and government)
Our program also prepares students for graduate studies in fields such as:
The forensic biology major was built upon the rigorous accreditation specifications of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. It is designed for students who enjoy biology and are pursuing a career that relies on biological knowledge. Our curriculum provides flexibility and allows you to focus your studies on your interests and career goals. Click here
to view all forensic science courses offered.
We have strong collaborative ties with other academic departments, such as biology, which allows students to pursue double majors or minors that complement a forensic science education.
With top-notch laboratories on campus, highly experienced faculty, and undergraduate research opportunities you will have the knowledge and experience needed to pursue graduate school or land a position within a forensic laboratory following graduation.
Top-Notch Laboratory Space
If you haven't visited the University of Findlay yet, we strongly encourage you to
schedule a visit
to see our laboratory space you will get to work in as a forensic science major. You will gain hands-on experience in our very own crime lab, which is comparable to many national crime laboratories.
"The most important advice I can give prospective majors is to get a strong science foundation. It is nothing like what you see on television. Working in forensic science is science-based."
-Corrisa (Thomas) Wobler '09, Forensic Scientist, Wisconsin Department of Justice
Experiential Learning & Student Engagement
Our students thrive because of our experiential learning-based program design. You will learn hands-on throughout the program and have opportunities to work in our state-of-the-art forensic science lab. Forensic science majors have opportunities to explore other areas of interest within the field, such as latent fingerprints, firearms examination, forensic anthropology and forensic entomology.
Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Club
At Findlay, there are many clubs and organizations offered on campus that you can get involved in. With nearly 80, you’re sure to find people that share your interests including the student-run Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Club.
Delta Delta Epsilon
Delta Delta Epsilon is a National Forensic Science Honor Society. The activities of the Society are designed to stimulate academic achievement, promote community understanding and advance the fields of forensic science.
Students must have declared a major in forensic science or related field and have completed at least 37.5 of the total hours/credits required for the degree. Students must also attain a minimum GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.
Graduates of our Forensic Science Program have found employment at a variety of agencies such as:
Columbus Police Department Crime Lab
Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office Crime Lab
Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Crime Lab
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Michigan State Police Forensic Science Division
Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation
Stark County Crime Lab
Wisconsin Department of Justice
New York State Police Department
Ohio State Highway Patrol Crime Lab
Palm Beach County, Florida Crime Lab