Forensic Science

Bachelor of Science | College of Science and Health Professions
Edinboro University

Investigate a career in Forensic Science.

Can you see yourself working with law enforcement, analyzing evidence found at a crime scene? Do you envision a career analyzing DNA or blood spatter? Or using cutting-edge technology to identify new or existing drugs? Get on the right track with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a concentration in Forensic Science.

The multidisciplinary program at Edinboro provides you with a strong foundation in the areas of chemistry, biology and criminal justice. You’ll thrive in small-size lectures and labs taught by faculty, not graduate assistants. They will guide you in the theory and operation of specialized equipment used for quantitative and qualitative analysis. Along the way, you’ll sharpen the oral, written and interpersonal communication skills that you will need when you are called upon as an expert witness.

When you graduate, you will be well prepared to pursue a graduate degree, or to enter the workforce as a forensic science technician, working in labs associated with a federal, state or local police department, medical examiner's office, independent forensic services lab or the FBI.

Expert Faculty

Accomplished faculty instruct, guide, and inspire Edinboro students to achieve and lead. EU faculty are recognized for their commitment to student success and creating a personal and engaging academic environment.

Experiential Learning

The Edinboro experience extends well beyond the classroom. EU students prepare for careers and life through opportunities for hands-on learning, collaborative research with faculty, global travel, and internships.

Modern Facilities

Fighting Scots live, work, and play in state-of-the-art facilities on EU’s picturesque 585-acre campus. Located just 20 miles south of Erie, Pennsylvania’s fourth-largest city, Edinboro is bustling with exciting activities.

Learn to operate state-of-the-art scientific instruments.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, forensic science technicians can expect a 17% job growth through 2026.

Why choose Edinboro?

Edinboro boasts the oldest - and most reputable - forensic science program in the region. It was developed in consultation with a Forensic Advisory Board that consisted of forensic practitioners from multiple states. As a student in this program, you will:

Gain hands-on experience using a variety of state-of-the-art analytical instruments such as infrared and X-ray spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, as well as various types of chromatographs and microscopes.

Participate in a capstone experience that hones your critical thinking and analytical skills.

Acquire the skills you need to pass state civil service exams, and enter the workforce as a Forensic Scientist Trainee or Forensic DNA Scientist Trainee.

Compete for internships in a variety of organizations, including the FBI, local, state and federal forensic laboratories, municipal and state coroner or medical examiner offices, certain industrial organizations, and opportunities funded by the National Science Foundation.

Evidence of graduate success.

Many graduates of our program go on to earn graduate degrees in forensic science and analytical chemistry. Others go directly into the workforce in local, state and federal law enforcement or related fields. Here are a few examples of where our alumni are now:

Shane Windsor (BS ’07) - Forensic Scientist 2, TX Department of Public Safety

Daniel Buckwalter (BS ’08) - Senior Chemist, Owens Corning

Amanda Leffler (BS ’11) - R&D Applications Chemist, Agilent Technologies, Fairmont, WV

Dan Hall (BS ’11) - Forensic Scientist, Dallas County Crime Lab, Dallas, TX

Tricia Hoffman (BS ’13) - PhD student, Florida International University, Miami, FL

Ashley Humphrey (BS ’14) - Postmortem Toxicologist, MA State Police

Jenna Cowder (BS ’15) - Forensic Technician, Microtyping Technologies

Prepare for a rewarding career.


Dr. Janet Rogers, Department Chair
Phone: 814.732.1539

Edinboro University

219 Meadville St, Edinboro, PA 16444
Phone: 814.732.2000