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B.S. in Forensic Science

Residential Forensic Science Program

The Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science degree provides students with interdisciplinary training in chemistry, biology, and criminal justice. Graduates have the opportunity to begin careers with the Virginia Department of Forensic Science, the medical examiner’s office, local police departments, the Department of Health, the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, local and regional offices of the Chief Medical Examiner, the National Institute of Health, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), and many more.

The Forensic Science program has developed relationships with local, regional, and national forensic science laboratories. These laboratories include the Toxicology Section of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) in the District of Columbia, the Virginia Department of Forensic Science in Roanoke, VA, NMS Laboratories in Willow Grove, PA, the Bode Technology Group in Lorton, VA, Parabon Nanolabs, Inc. in Reston, VA.

The B.S. in Forensic Science is offered through the Department of Biology & Chemistry.

The Forensic Science program is accredited by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC).

FEPAC is dedicated to maintaining and enhancing the quality of forensic science education programs. The commission is part of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

Liberty University is regionally accredited by SACSCOC.

Academics: Forensic Science (B.S.)

Credit Hours

120 total hours

Degree Completion Plan (DCP)

Forensic Science (B.S.) DCP

Admission Requirements

View Liberty’s undergraduate admissions requirements

Featured Courses

  • Forensic Chemistry (CHEM 357)
  • Intro to Forensics (CJUS 360)
  • Forensic DNA Analysis (BIOL 361)
  • Forensic Entomology (BIOL 421)
  • Trace Evidence (BIOL 465)
  • Criminal Investigations I & II (CJUS 420, 421)

Student Placement & Success Outlook

Internships & Independent Studies

Student Success


Through Liberty’s Washington Fellowship, you can apply for a semester-long internship with the FBI, NCIS, the District of Columbia OCME, and other agencies. This internship will allow you to receive academic internship credit while learning valuable life skills that can be used in the professional forensic science field or to pursue graduate studies.

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The mission of Liberty University’s Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science program is to provide students with a solid foundation in the forensic sciences, as well as prepare each student to have effective and productive careers in private, state, and federal forensic laboratories, research laboratories, and clinical laboratories.

Read about our FEPAC accreditation in Forensic science program joins exclusive list for national FEPAC accreditation from Liberty News.

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Career Opportunities

  • Criminal Investigator
  • Criminalist – Serology
  • Evidence Technician
  • Forensic Chemist/Toxicologist
  • Forensic Consultant
  • Forensic DNA Analyst
  • Forensic Autopsy Technician
  • Forensic Entomologist
  • Forensic Examiner – Trace Evidence
  • Forensic Quality Assurance Specialist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Forensic Microbiologist
  • Trace Evidence Technician
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