Thomas More College

Would You Make A Good Forensic Scientist?

Can you see yourself examining crime scene evidence, performing exacting laboratory work, keeping detailed records, writing reports and defending your findings in a courtroom? Then Thomas More's degree program in Forensic Science could be the perfect career path for you. Turn to the inside for more details on our program.

To be successful as a forensic scientist, you must have:

  • A thorough understanding of the basic sciences, particularly chemistry and biology
  • A willingness and ability to perform high-quality laboratory work
  • The ability to apply scientific principles to solve complex problems
  • The ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both in writing and speaking
  • Personal integrity and high ethical standards

Many of these positions require advanced degrees. But whether you pursue that degree or enter the workforce right away, you'll be ready to succeed in one of today's most exciting and rewarding careers.

Forensic Science

Choose From Two Degrees

Thomas More College offers two degrees in Forensic Science - a B.S. in Forensic Biology (which involves identifying bodily fluids, DNA, genetics and botanical materials) and a B.S. in Forensic Chemistry (identifying drug substances, as well as explosive and unknown residues). Both degrees require the same core science courses in biology, chemistry, physics and forensic science. Advanced course work does not occur until your junior and senior years, so you don't need to decide which degree to pursue until the end of your sophomore year.

Exciting Career Opportunities

Both of Thomas More's Forensic Science programs are designed to meet degree requirements as defined by the National Institute of Justice and the American Academy of Forensic Science, so you know you'll be fully prepared for the workplace. Forensic scientists usually work for government (city, state or federal) crime laboratories or private laboratories. With the extensive training you receive at Thomas More, you may also choose to pursue medical school, an advanced degree in chemistry or biology, or a career in private industry.

For more information, contact:

Forensic Biology

Dr. Shannon Galbraith-Kent
Associate Professor and Chairperson

Forensic Chemistry

Dr. Daniel T. Esterline
Chemistry Department Chair, Professor