Forensic Science (B.S.)
Forensic Science (B.S.)
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Seton Hill's Forensic Science Program features:
- Hands-on crime lab analysis and crime scene field experience.
- Rigorous study in forensic science, biology, chemistry, math, physics and criminal justice.
- Meaningful research and internships.
As a forensic science major, you will be uniquely suited to begin a career right after graduation, or to go on to graduate school in forensic science, law, or allied health and medicine.
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Forensic Science Facilities
Crime Scene House
At Seton Hill, we have a full-sized ranch-style house on campus that is dedicated to the creation of "crime" - and its solution. As a forensic science major, you will use the knowledge you are gaining in the classroom and the laboratory to examine and analyze mock crime scenes constructed by your professors. You will also work with classmates to create and process your own mock crime scenes.
JoAnne Woodyard Boyle Health Sciences Center
The JoAnne Woodyard Boyle Health Sciences Center provides new clinical and research labs, classrooms, study areas and a “vibe” fresh market for students taking courses in the natural and health sciences.
Lab Courses That Simulate Casework
Because laboratory courses are small, you will do more than just watch experiments - you will perform them yourself, using the same sophisticated facilities and equipment that your professors use and that is used in a real crime lab. Many of the labs in your forensic science courses will be set up as cases. You will learn how to maintain a chain of custody, analyze simulated casework evidence and write a crime lab report. These courses are set up to give you a realistic experience of the work done in a crime lab.
Criminal Justice Experience
During an investigation, evidence is collected at a crime scene (or from a person) and then analyzed in a crime laboratory. The results can then be presented in court. In Seton Hill’s Forensic Science Program, you’ll gain practical experience with the criminal justice system by:
- Participating in simulated cases.
- Testifying in a mock trial.
- Attending actual trials where forensic evidence is being presented.
Research & Internship Opportunities
As an upperclassman, you’ll have the opportunity to take part in ongoing research, both here on campus and through research internships at universities and institutions across the country. You'll also have the opportunity to take part in internships with a labs, crime labs, or medical examiner's offices.
Your Career in Forensic Science
The forensic science field is growing much faster than average, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. You can enter the field with a bachelor’s degree, and the median pay per year was more than $60,590 in 2020. Seton Hill’s award-winning Career and Professional Development Center (CPDC) will provide you with the career preparation skills and placement services you need. All of the Center’s services will remain available to you after you graduate.
You can apply online for free any time. Seton Hill features streamlined admission requirements and a comprehensive aid program. If you haven’t been to visit us yet, please schedule a time to come up to the Hill. You may just see your future from here.