Wayne State College

About the Forensic Science Focus

Discover the exciting world of forensic science when you pair the disciplines of criminal justice and chemistry at Wayne State. Forensic science is the application of science to the law, using scientific methodology to collect and analyze evidence in an investigation. It requires an extensive background in the natural sciences, coupled with practical laboratory experience, all which students can gain at Wayne State College’s Criminal Justice Crime Scene Investigation Facility. Through the study of forensic science, you’ll combine different aspects of science – natural, lab, and social – to prepare for a career related to crime scenes and investigation. You'll graduate with both Criminal Justice and Chemistry degrees from Wayne State, and you’ll be ready to dive into the world of scientific analysis.

Sample Program of Study

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Fast Facts

Degrees offered: B.A. or B.S. in Criminal Justice and B.A. or B.S. in Chemistry

Hours required:
For double major (criminal justice + chemistry): 92
General education: 30
To graduate from WSC: 120

Popular minors: Spanish, Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, Mathematics, Physics, Pre-Law, Public Administration, Emergency Management, Biology, Earth Science

School: Science, Health, and Criminal Justice

Departments: Criminal Justice, Physical Sciences and Mathematics

Nationally Ranked Program

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Scholarships and Aid

In addition to having the region’s most affordable tuition, we offer thousands of dollars in scholarships every year. Learn more about scholarships and aid for studying the area of forensic science.

Our Focus is Results

Wayne State has the keys to your success and offers just what you need to become well prepared for the real world in the forensic science program.

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Skills Learned

  • Criminal law and procedure
  • Role and function of policing in society
  • Theoretical criminology
  • Chemical processes and materials
  • Chemical experiment and design
  • University physics and experimentation
  • Research, observation, and analysis of data

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Possible Careers

  • Forensic chemist
  • Crime lab technician
  • Crime scene investigator
  • Criminal investigator

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  • Law enforcement agency
  • State, local, and federal crime labs
  • Private and commercial labs

Learn from the Best

Our faculty are accomplished. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. And with a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in the forensic science program.

Outside the Classroom

At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your education in forensic science by participating in clubs, organizations, and more.

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Clubs and Organizations

WSC Service-Learning


Make a difference in the community while learning skills you can apply toward your future career in criminal justice. Wayne State’s Service-Learning program has received national awards in recognition of outstanding community service, with more than 400 students participating in Service-Learning projects each semester.

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  • Field trips – Take advantage of these unique learning opportunities beyond the classroom. You’ll get to visit correctional facilities and interact with those in law enforcement.  
  • Peer tutoring and mentoring programs – Help fellow students master their courses and improve their skills, be part of a support system for new students, and make new friends - all while gaining valuable experience that will better prepare you for the future.
  • Study Abroad - Earn credit toward your degree while experiencing exciting global adventures overseas.
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An internship is not required for the forensic science focus area; however, experience is always a plus. You’ll have a chance to work with local agencies to help gain some field experience and earn credit toward your degree. Career Services is also available to help you find the best internship and job opportunities.

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