BS 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.
Student Placement & Success Outlook
Internships & Independent Studies
Below are the number of students placed in Internships and Independent Studies.
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 four (4) classes; the first was in May, 2016, the second in May, 2017, the third class in May, 2018, and the fourth class in May, 2019. 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
12 out of 17
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.
Academics: Forensic Science (B.S.)
120 total hours
Degree Completion Plan (DCP)
View Liberty’s undergraduate admissions requirements
- Intro to Forensics (CJUS 360)
- Intro to Criminal Justice (CJUS 200)
- Forensic DNA Analysis (BIOL 361)
- Forensic Entomology (BIOL 421)
- Trace Evidence (BIOL 465)
- Criminal Investigations I & II (CJUS 420, 421)
- Criminal Investigator
- Criminalist – Serology
- Evidence Technician
- Forensic Chemist/Toxicologist
- Forensic Consultant
- Forensic DNA Analyst
- Forensic Entomologist
- Forensic Examiner – Trace Evidence
- Forensic Quality Assurance Specialist
- Forensic Scientist
- Trace Evidence Technician