Forensic Science

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The Forensic Science minor introduces students to the specialized fields of forensic science and the fundamental principles of science and technology upon which they are based.

The six-course minor compliments the academic background of students interested in pursuing a career or graduate program in forensic science laboratory work; forensic pathology, dentistry, optometry, or a coroners or medical examiners; forensic psychology; or a career in the judicial system; law enforcement; forensic accounting; forensic illustration or photography; detecting art forgery or theft; or computational or digital forensics.

Course work provides an introduction to evidence collection and scientific analysis; the mathematics of collecting and interpreting data; human behavioral and societal structures and the criminal justice system; forensic laboratory procedures; and techniques or advanced aspects of forensic psychology.

Beyond the Classroom

Students have a wide array of opportunities for research, internships, conferences, and networking beyond the classroom that give them an advantage to prepare for life after W&J.

Forensic Science Faculty

Thomas Contreras portrait

Biology Department Chair

Thomas A. Contreras, Ph.D.

Thomas A. Contreras, Ph.D. is an associate Professor of Biology and is Chair of the Biology Department at Washington & Jefferson College.

Professor Jennifer Bayline Portrait

Chemistry Department Chair

Jennifer Logan Bayline, Ph.D.

Jennifer Logan Bayline, Ph.D. is an associate professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry at Washington & Jefferson College.

Elizabeth Bennett portrait

Psychology Department Chair

Elizabeth A. Bennett, Ph.D.

Elizabeth A. Bennett, Ph.D. is a Psychology professor and the Chair of the Department of Psychology at Washington & Jefferson College.


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