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Program at a Glance

Program
Bachelor
College(s)
College of Sciences
Department(s)
Chemistry
4
Years
$212.28 per credit hour
$748.89 per credit hour

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Apply Scientific Evidence to Promote Justice

The forensic science program at UCF provides you with an in-depth understanding of applying scientific evidence to the law. With two tracks available — biochemistry and chemistry — you’ll have the opportunity to focus on a specific area of interest that aligns with your aspirations, whether you enter into the workforce upon graduation or decide to continue your education.

Coursework in forensic sciences covers a variety of areas, including instruments used, scientific writing, how to conduct and evaluate scientific investigations, as well as the role you’ll play in the judiciary system. Plus, gain hands-on experience in our state-of-the-art laboratory that’s equipped with polarized light microscopes, stereo microscopes and comparison microscopes. This gives you the chance to learn about the functionality of these microscopes and practice using them by performing microscopic analysis of simulated forensic samples.

Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to compete for forensic positions at local or national government agencies, labs, hospitals, among many others.

Biochemistry Track
This track has a strong biochemistryDNA focus to serve the needs of supervisory personnel
in DNA sections of crime laboratories.

Chemistry Track
Coursework in this track emphasizes the application of modern chromatographic, spectroscopic
and micro-analytical techniques to problems in forensic science.

Crime scene investigator taking photo evidence

Highlights

The forensic science program at UCF is accredited by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission.
The forensic science bachelor’s degree program started in 1974, making it the second oldest program in the U.S.
Job opportunities for forensic scientists are expected climb 11 percent through 2029.
The national median salary for forensic science grads is $48,000.

Undergraduate Application Deadlines

Fall
May 1
Spring
November 1
Summer
March 1
Fall
July 1
Spring
November 1
Summer
March 1
Fall
March 1
Spring
September 1
Summer
January 1

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Course Overview

Forensic Microscopy

Learn about the polarized light microscope and its use in the identification and comparison of trace evidence.

Explore concepts and procedures of contemporary forensic biochemistry, including the identification of body fluids and the use of genetic markers to establish identity. The laboratory portion of this course places an emphasis on techniques and procedures used in operational crime laboratories in the U.S.

Gain a deeper understanding of the procedures for the collection, processing and investigation of forensic evidence discovered at a crime scene.

Forensic Science Skills You'll Learn

  • Build a solid foundation in the ability to plan, conduct and evaluate scientific investigations.
  • Develop an understanding of the various ethical and legal issues that may arise in the field.
  • Demonstrate expertise using instruments to conduct theory, operation and data interpretation.
  • Gain the skills and knowledge needed to effectively present scientific information.

Career Opportunities

  • Drug Chemist
  • Forensic Pathologist
  • Firearms Examiner
  • Trace Evidence Analyst
  • Fingerprint Analyst
  • Crime Scene Investigator

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