About the Major

Forensic science is the application of scientific methods and processes to matters that involve crime or the public. Forensic science is multidisciplinary; it involves fields such as chemistry, biology, math, psychology, physics, criminal justice, and law. Forensic scientists analyze evidence and testify in court. They may be called upon to attend some crime scenes, train police investigators and attorneys, and conduct research.

Skills and abilities this major develops include: math, science, and statistical analysis skills; problem-solving and critical-thinking skills; detail oriented; and communication skills to report and to testify.

Quick Facts

Sample Coursework

  • Forensic microscopy
  • Forensic biology
  • Forensic genetics
  • Biological chemistry
  • Organic chemistry 1 and 2
  • Forensic science and the law

Possible Careers

  • Crime scene investigator
  • Criminalist
  • DNA analyst
  • Forensic scientist or drug chemist
  • Medical examiner*
  • Toxicologist

*This career requires additional training or education.

Where could I work?

  • Indiana State Police
  • Marion County Coroner's Office
  • Marion County Forensic Services Agency
  • State of Indiana
  • Strand Diagnostics
  • U.S. Department of Defense

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Cluster

This major belongs to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) cluster. The STEM cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in the sciences, technology, engineering, informatics, and computing. The STEM cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools.

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