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The BGSU forensic science degree is an undergraduate 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 will be prepared for immediate employment as forensic scientists or further study.
With a BGSU forensic science degree, you will be well prepared for a career in a local, state, military, or federal crime laboratory. Your choice of career depends on your specialization, your aptitude and your ultimate goals.
The BGSU forensic science faculty and your regular exposure to professionals working at the BCI lab will help you find your forensic career path.
Understanding the different roles in an investigation will help you find where your interests lie.
For instance, while forensic investigators would identify, sample and record found substances, forensic chemists would analyze a retrieved substance to identify it, forensic toxicologists would study its effect on the body, forensic biologists would study DNA left at the crime scene, and forensic investigators would seek the identity of perpetrators.
Connecting you with opportunities and meeting practicing professionals in those roles is possible through an extensive field-based internship and close contact with professionals from the on-campus Ohio State Crime Lab.
Internships, co-ops and student research
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
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.
Forensic Science Camp
Are you interested in how science is applied to legal investigations? Can you see yourself as a forensic scientist in a courtroom, laboratory, crime scene, classroom, or even morgue? BGSU’s Forensic Science Camp gives high school students classroom, laboratory and field experience in forensics and exposure to various careers in forensics. Learn about this exciting field at BGSU’s cutting-edge forensic science program taught by talented professionals who have even been featured on the hit-show Forensic Files!
Forensic Science Learning Community
This community of interest in the forensic sciences is designed for BGSU students to receive targeted support to augment classroom learning and increase academic success.
The Forensic Science Learning Community is for students enrolled in the BGSU Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science degree program, or seeking a pathway to enrollment through either the Biology or Chemistry Department forensic science specializations.
The learning community provides unique opportunities beyond the classroom, including tours of crime laboratories, medical examiner offices and seeing forensic science testimony delivered in court cases.
Residence is optional to being a member of the learning community, but comes with added advantages. Forensic Science Learning Community students live, study and bond together in the Offenhauer Towers residences.
Delta Delta Epsilon
The BGSU chapter of Delta Delta Epsilon (ΔΔE) is an international honor society dedicated to stimulating academic achievement, promoting community understanding and advancing the fields of forensic science wherever possible. Membership is limited to students within the disciplines of forensic science that meet high academic criteria and are dedicated to the mission of Delta Delta Epsilon.
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 received accreditation from the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) in 2022.
The Forensic Science program will undergo Program/Cluster Review during the Academic Year 2025-2026.
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 forensic science program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.
* 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated: 05/31/2022 10:29AM