Forensic Science

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Forensic Science

Forensic science is the application of methods and techniques derived from myriad scientific disciplines to cases of legal and medico-legal concern, particularly involving the collection, preservation, and evaluation of physical evidence at crime scenes.

UNCW offers the Interdisciplinary Forensic Science Minor, which may accompany one of a variety of majors, most often biology, chemistry, criminology, or psychology and expanding to include computer science, mathematics and statistics, pre-engineering, and business.

Students minoring in forensic science obtain valuable foundation-level knowledge and critical thinking skills from the diverse elective options available. The minor prepares students for further specialized forensic science education and research at the graduate level, such as for a Master of Forensic Science degree or a Master or doctorate degree in their respective area of interest (i.e., biology, chemistry, etc.) or one of the professional schools: medical school for those students interested in becoming a forensic pathologist, dental school for the forensic odontologist, or law school for individuals wishing to pursue a career as a trial attorney in criminal court cases.

UNCW also offers the Post-baccalaureate Certificate Program in Forensic Science: Crime Scene Investigation (CSI). This online program prepares students for a career as a CSI, with various other job titles such as crime scene investigator, crime scene technician, crime scene analyst, forensic investigator, forensic science technician, and evidence technician. Beyond learning essential forensic science methods and techniques, students in this program acquire vital interpersonal and communication skills leading to a higher-level of professionalism and career-preparedness. A key course in this program focuses on professional development and career planning.