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Forensic Science Majors

Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts Degree

Interested in crime scenes, untangling evidence, and investigating crimes?  Then Hamline's forensic science major—the only one of its kind in Minnesota—will propel you to a successful career in forensic science.

With our BA in Forensic Science (focused on investigative forensic science) or our BS in Forensic Science (focused on biology or chemistry), you'll gain practical, hands-on skills in our forensic laboratory to develop your strengths and make sure no piece of evidence goes unused.

You'll learn to pair investigative techniques and data analysis with critical thinking and verbal and written communication skills essential for the constantly evolving forensic science field and careers. Our graduates are renowned for their professional-level career skills and have applied their talents in law enforcement and cybersecurity. You may also be interested in learning about Hamline's criminology and criminal justice major.

Our expert faculty constantly expands your forensic science major offerings to integrate cutting-edge research into your courses, and we're committed to your training as a professional forensic expert. We ensure every student has the opportunity to translate classroom learning and mock casework into direct experience through internships at crime labs, research institutions, and more.

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Hamline's Crime Scene House, where forensic science majors use real evidence to get hands-on practice solving crimes

Real-world forensic experiences. Hands-on learning.

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Your real-world crime scene house

As you work toward your forensic science bachelor's degree, utilize your newfound skills and tools in Hamline’s Crime Scene House. You’ll get hands-on, real-world experience working to uncover proof and deduce what happened by examining staged crime scenes that use actual evidence.

Student research opportunities

At Hamline, forensic science majors participate in research with faculty as early as their first year, something usually reserved for graduate students at other institutions. You'll design and conduct your own research project based on your individual interests and goals.

The list of possible research projects is as varied as our students. For example, picture yourself:

  • Collecting, analyzing and interpreting evidence and data for use in criminal investigations and court proceedings
  • Conducting research to address scientific underpinnings of forensic methodologies and the validity of methods being applied to criminal investigations, including chemometrics, environmental effects on DNA, feature occurrence in pattern evidence, and trace evidence examinations of tape
  • Investigating mock crime scenes on campus, preparing technical reports, and delivering mock testimony about your case
  • Engaging with working forensic scientists during internships to gain practical experience in crime labs and investigative agencies

 

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    Invaluable hands-on forensic science experiences

    Hear from Indigo Rowland '24, who shares her experience as a student in the program and how Hamline's forensic science program successfully prepares students for careers in forensic science with realistic staged crime scenes.

    Internships for forensic science students

    We make sure you leave Hamline with work experience in the field of forensic science on your resume—and the opportunities are endless. Whether you want to explore a career in a crime lab, law enforcement, analytical chemistry, or more, we have internship opportunities for you.
     

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      Past forensic science students' internships include:

      • Anoka County Sheriff's Office, investigations intern
      • Defense Forensic Science Center, research associate
      • Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office, medical examiner intern
      • Midwest Medical Examiner's Office, medical examiner intern
      • Mayo Clinic Medical Examiner’s Office, forensic pathology intern
      • Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Epstein-Rhodes Forensic Science Service intern
      • Ramsey County Sheriff's Department, Criminal Investigations Unit intern
      • Saint Paul Police Department, Forensic Services Unit intern
      • Tri County Regional Forensic Laboratory, latent fingerprint intern
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      Carissa Rootes

      It was amazing to explore all the different disciplines and find out what I like, what I don't like. Once I started doing fingerprints and firearms, I realized how cool it was to do the comparisons. When you're able to make that match of one fingerprint to another, it's satisfying to be able to do it with confidence.

      Carissa Rootes '21, chemistry and forensic science certificate; forensic scientist at Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension in Saint Paul, MN

      What can you do with a forensic science degree?

       

      Our innovative courses and one-on-one mentoring by faculty will give you the tools to succeed in a variety of jobs, such as:

      • Crime scene analyst
      • Death investigator
      • DNA analyst
      • Evidence technician
      • Firearms examiner
      • Forensic drug chemist
      • Latent fingerprint examiner
      • Trace evidence examiner

      And you can explore careers in many different fields, such as:

      • Analytical chemistry
      • Cybersecurity
      • Environmental forensics
      • Laboratory quality assurance
      • Law enforcement
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      Forensic science in the news

      Read about the work of faculty and students in the forensic science major program.

      Take your next step today.

      Come see our forensic science program yourself, or get your questions answered by one of our admissions counselors.