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Forensic Science

Forensic science is an undergraduate degree program designed to provide students the precise education and training crime laboratories require. BGSU students who earn a Bachelor of Science with a major in Forensic Science Degree will be prepared for immediate employment as forensic scientists. BGSU also offers a Master of Science in Forensic Science.  

Quality classroom experiences

The BGSU Forensic Science Program offers students an unparalleled opportunity to prepare for careers as forensic scientists through a unique combination of:

  • An on-campus Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) laboratory
  • Expert faculty with decades of professional crime laboratory work experience
  • newly designed forensic science classroom and laboratory learning spaces
  • Hands-on use of cutting-edge crime laboratory instrumentation
  • 2 mock crime scene houses

Stand Out in courses like

  • Introduction to Forensic Science
  • Forensic Biology
  • Forensic DNA Analysis
  • Pharm/Toxicology Drugs of Abuse
  • Latent Prints
  • Trace Analysis
  • Principles of Crime Scene Investigation
  • Law, Evidence & Procedures in Forensic Science


The curriculum of the Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science degree program provides the essential scientific and laboratory problem-solving skills necessary for graduate success in a modern forensic science laboratory. The program combines rigorous scientific study and laboratory training with exposure to the broader unique aspects of the practice of forensic science, including evidence collection, handling, analysis and reporting practices; specific legal and ethical considerations; and expert courtroom testimony.

BGSU is one of the few universities in the nation that has a criminal investigation lab on the campus.

Internships and Careers

Students are encouraged to pursue work in a lab and to consider research opportunities that are available on campus. The capstone experience involves scholarly research and a written proposal about the student’s research topic.

GO FAR with a career in

  • DNA analyst
  • Drug chemist
  • Forensic toxicologist
  • Trace evidence analysts
  • Latent Fingerprint examiners
  • Firearm and toolmark examiners

Admissions information

Students interested in the forensic science major will be assessed on high school activities, volunteer work and overall academic performance. Admittance to the program will be based on a combined SAT score of 1200 or higher, with at least a 550 score on the math section or an ACT composite and math score of 25 or higher. Students with scores falling below those ranges may be reviewed for acceptance on an individual basis.

Learning Outcomes

BGSU Forensic Science graduates are vital members of the criminal justice system and are able to:

  • Think critically and analyze complex data for the benefit of the criminal justice system
  • Apply diverse information and skills toward solving real-world problems associated with solving crimes
  • Utilize laboratory skills with exacting standards and precision of care within the context of solving crimes

Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012-2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness. The BGSU Forensic Science program, which is designed to meet the standards of the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC), is working toward that accreditation. The program is new enough that it has not graduated the prescribed number of classes necessary for accreditation.  More information on accreditation.

Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The forensic science program does not lead to professional licensure.

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Criminal Justice program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.

  • Forensic Biology
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Forensic Examination

* Job placement and salary information was compiled by the Office of Academic Assessment through the Graduation Survey from AY2015-2018. The data are gathered around the time of Commencement and a follow-up survey six months post Commencement. For the salary question, data for programs with fewer than fifteen responses are not included. Salaries for those programs are from the National Association of Colleges and Employers Summer 2019 Survey. For questions regarding the data, contact assessment@bgsu.edu.