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Forensic Science is an area of science utilizing biological and chemical techniques that are used to answer questions from the past to the present.  Forensic science technologies are constantly advancing and helping in many areas including terrorism, crimes, and even history.  Modern techniques such as forensic DNA analysis has been used in identifying criminal suspects, exonerating the wrongly accused, identifying victims killed in catastrophes such as at the World Trade Center in New York City, looking for descendants of President Thomas Jefferson, to shed light on President Lincoln's health, and for many other usesForensic chemistry is used to identify and characterize evidence such as fibers, paint chips, illegal drugs, and glass fragments.  Chemical analysis has been used to identify the explosives used in the Oklahoma City bombing and in the murder investigation of Sunny Von Bulow.

Forensic Science at STAC
The Forensic Science Program at St. Thomas Aquinas College provides a program of study for students interested in a career in forensic science in the area of forensic biology. Students who successfully complete the Forensic Science Program will be able to:

  • Perform a crime scene analysis appropriately utilizing and interpreting the science and technology necessary.
  • Integrate the scientific theory and practical laboratory training received both on and off campus (during their summer internship).
  • Communicate information in a professional manner, using written and oral methods, which is necessary for expert witness testimony.
  • Critically analyze forensic science related research and interpret research and case study findings.
  • Thoughtfully discuss current criminal justice, societal, governmental, ethical, scientific, and business issues concerning forensic science.
  • This program is designed according to the guidelines set forth by the American Academy of Forensic Science's Forensic Science Eductaion Programs Accreditation Commission and St. Thomas Aquinas College is looking forward to applying for accreditation from AAFS in the near future.

Careers
Students successfully completing this program will find increased employment opportunities in a variety of federal, state, and local government facilities as well as private laboratory facilities. For more information about what you can do with major in Forensic Science, visit our Career Services website

For additional information on the field of Forensic Science visit: www.forensicsciencecareer.org

Major Requirements
Course Descriptions

Faculty-Forensic Science
Dr. Clara Toth, Professor of Biology
Dr. Steven J. Burns, Associate Professor of Chemistry

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