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.)
120 total hours
Degree Completion Plan (DCP)
View Liberty’s undergraduate admissions requirements
- 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
Below are the number of students placed in Internships and Independent Studies.
*Several students were awarded internships with State and Federal agencies, however, these internships were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Forensic Science Program was started in the Fall of 2015 offering specialty areas in forensic biology or forensic chemistry. The Forensic Science Program has graduated five (5) classes; the first was in May, 2016, the second in May, 2017, the third was in May, 2018, the fourth in May, 2019, and the fifth was in May, 2020. Undergraduates majoring in forensic science graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science. To monitor student success surveys were taken 6 – 12 months after graduation, as well as, personal communications with graduates to determine employment status or placement into graduate school or professional school.
Working in the Forensic Science Field
Working in a non-Forensic Science Laboratory
Placement into Graduate or Professional School
Currently in an Internship
18 out of 30
Student Success Story: Michael Erquiaga ’20
Following graduation from Liberty University in 2020, Michael Erquiaga secured a job with Bode Technology, a nationally-recognized forensic lab in Lorton, Virginia. He currently holds the position of Laboratory Assistant and is responsible for servicing vital lab equipment. Most recently, Michael has been added to the extract return team where he ensures the safe return of DNA samples to police departments across the nation. In the future, he looks to be hired to Bode’s Applied Science research team. Mr. Erquiaga’s undergraduate research on the “Changes in the Microbiome at the Onset and End of Decomposition” was recently publish in the Journal of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics Research.
Student Success Story: Mia Fabbri ’20
After obtaining her undergraduate degree in Forensic Science in May 2020, Ms. Mia Fabbri continued to pursue a Master’s of Science degree in Forensic Science from Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA.
While attending, Ms. Fabbri works as a Graduate Assistant performing weekly quality control/quality assurance procedures on various instruments including NMR, UV-Vis and Fluorescent Spectrophotometers. This work ensures that the instruments are accurate and reliable for research and study purposes.
Ms. Fabbri’s undergraduate research on the “Changes in the Microbiome at the Onset and End of Decomposition” was recently published in the Journal of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics Research.
Student Success Story: Trevor Herbert ’18
Herbert has been working as a Biochemist for Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories in Lancaster, Pa. Herbert has been working alongside a pharmaceutical drug manufacturer based out of San Francisco, Calif., who specializes in manufacturing biosimilars of common pharmaceutical drugs in an attempt to reduce their costs.Since graduating from Liberty University in December of 2018, Trevor
The drug manufacturer sends Herbert batches of drug substances and products, and Herbert conducts various scientific analyses to determine the purity of the product, and also conduct on-site stability studies to monitor the drug’s “shelf-life” when stored under different conditions.
Herbert has also been accepted into Ohio University’s Masters in Chemistry Online program, which he will begin in the summer of 2020.
Student Success Story: Kristin Jones ’18
Upon completion of her undergraduate degree in May 2018, Ms. Kristin Jones continued her education by pursuing a Master of Science degree from the Department of Forensic Science at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. While attending graduate school as a full-time graduate student, Ms. Jones was employed part-time as a Forensic Administrative Specialist III with the Virginia Department of Forensic Science (VDFS) Central Laboratory in Richmond, Va.
Ms. Jones’ employment at VDFS afforded her the opportunity to conduct her graduate research, required by the Master of Science degree curriculum, with VDFS under the mentorship of Dr. Susan Greenspoon, the Director of DFS. Ms. Jones’ research focused on the utilization of sex hormone antibodies that were developed for cell screening and separation techniques for trace biological mixtures. This research was presented at the 2019 International Symposium on Human Identification Conference in Palm Springs, Fla. and will also be presented at the 2020 American Academy of Forensic Science Conference in Anaheim, Calif. Upon the completion of the Master of Science in Forensic Science with a concentration in forensic biology in May 2020, Ms. Jones plans to work as a DNA Analyst in a professional forensic accredited laboratory.
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. Or, pursue an internship with the New York City Fellowship and gain valuable experience in one of America’s major cities. Both internships 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.
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.
- 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