Are you interested in law enforcement and science? Do you want to become a crime scene investigator, a crime scene investigator or a forensic scientist? If you do, then Grand Canyon University’s B.S. in Forensic Science in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology is the program to look into! Here are few areas within this program that you may not know about:
Crime Scene Processing
Forensic scientists must be able to properly assess and reconstruct crime scenes in order to figure out what actually happened. The courses that you will take at GCU will teach you the logic and critical analysis behind the assessment and reconstruction of these crime scenes. These courses will also teach you the necessary skills to effectively investigate and analyze the scene through photography, sketching, crime scene reconstruction and evidentiary analysis.
Body Fluid and DNA Analysis
The role of DNA and body fluid analysis is significant in forensic science. Forensic scientists not only have to identify the bodily fluid, but they also have to analyze and identify the DNA contributors within the fluid. At GCU, you will learn different theories, methods and techniques that will be used to analyze a variety of bodily fluids. Students will also learn how extract and analyze DNA profiles and identify who they belong to!
There are numerous different instruments that are used in all sections of the crime lab, including but not limited to gas chromatographs and mass spectrometers (GC/MS), ultraviolet/visible light spectrophotometry, high pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC), and fourier-transform infrared spectrometry (FTIR). GCU students get hands-on experience with all of these instruments, including sample preparation, instrument calibration, and data analysis. This allows you to add your experience with all of these instruments and techniques to your resume!
Grand Canyon University offers a wide variety of degree programs in STEM fields. To learn more about earning a degree in Forensic Science from GCU, visit our website or click the Request More Information button at the top of this page.
Written by Judah Esparza, a junior majoring in business management at GCU.