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Forensic Science 


Can you see yourself working in a forensic investigation laboratory, 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 track for one of these highly rewarding careers when you choose one of the best Forensic Science programs in the region at Edinboro University.



The Job Market Is Growing

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

Why Edinboro Stands Out.

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 multidisciplinary 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.

How Edinboro Supports You.

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.

Your Future

Many of our alumni 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 talented alumni are now:

  • Chase Bennett, ’19, extraction technician, Calypso Enterprise
  • Erin O’Brien, ’18, law student WVU School of Law
  • Danai Taruvinga, ’17, (MS Syracuse, U.) Forensic Toxicologist, Cuyahoga County
  • Katelyn Vogel, ’17, chemical technician, PA State Police Crime Lab

Questions About This Program?

Dr. Naod Kebede
Department Chair
126E Cooper Hall
Phone: 814-732-2485

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