Just the Facts: Forensics Science and Forensic Chemistry Degrees at St. Edward’s
They say every crime scene tells a story. Now students at
St. Edward’s University will be prepared to investigate those important stories with degrees in Forensic Science and Forensic Chemistry.
In the Lab
The School of Natural Sciences launched a program in Forensic Chemistry that teaches students how to analyze crime scene evidence in the lab. With special topics courses, students will be able to enter the field without additional training
once they complete the program.
“According to the National Institute of Justice, the United States will need 10,000 more forensic scientists over the next decade,” says Professor of Chemistry Eamonn Healy. “We’re responding to this projected need and preparing our students to succeed in this field.”
They’re also helping students refine their public speaking skills and hone their critical-thinking abilities with a broad-based curriculum that covers law, criminality, judicial systems and ethics.
In the Field
For students who aspire to spend more time in the field than in a lab, the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences recently created a Forensic Science major and minor. The degree guides students to collecting, examining and evaluating criminal evidence, applying their knowledge of crime scene processing, biology and chemistry.
“This program isn’t offered at a lot of universities, says Dean Brenda Vallance. “We’ve taken the curriculum a step further with experiential learning, research opportunities and a final culminating Capstone project — add to that the benefit of a St. Edward’s education.”
Both the Forensic Chemistry and Forensic Science programs offer numerous internship opportunities that include:
- Crime processing units
- Medical examiners’ offices
- Crime labs
In the Courts
The new programs complement existing degrees at St. Edward’s in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Students majoring in Criminology examine behavior theory and the criminal justice system. For those drawn to law enforcement, court administration or corrections — or perhaps headed to law school — our Criminal Justice degree offers a broad education that will prepare them for a range of careers in the justice system.