Earn Your Bachelor’s in Forensic Science Degree
With the rapid advances in biology and technology, and because of the precision of the science, courts are allocating greater weight to forensic evidence. This has created a critical need for personnel with specialized training in the field.
If you are interested in analyzing, collecting and processing forensic evidence related to various types of legal and other investigations, the Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science degree was designed with you in mind. The bachelors in forensic science degree, offered through Grand Canyon University’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology, builds on a solid foundation of biology and chemistry, and provides additional training in crime scene processing, forensic photography, toxicology, serology and forensic DNA analysis.
Develop a Solid Foundation for the Forensic Science Degree
As a forensic science student, you will receive extensive training in the collection and analysis of forensic evidence in both lab and field settings. In addition, you learn how to evaluate crime scenes and how to photograph, document, collect and analyze the evidence to establish connections between the victim, suspect and scene. The forensic science bachelor degree program also provides excellent preparation for graduate work in specialized areas of forensic science.
BS in Forensic Science Curriculum
Learn the Theory and Practical Application
The topics in this bachelor’s in forensic science program include:
- Human anatomy and physiology
- Crime scene processing and reconstruction
- Forensic photography
- Organic chemistry
- Principals of biochemistry
- Physical evidence analysis
- Instrumental analysis
- Body fluid and DNA analysis
Career Outcomes With a Forensics Degree From GCU
As a graduate of the bachelor's degree in forensic science program, you may seek employment in various private or public forensic science and conventional analytical laboratories. After graduating with a forensic science degree in this field, you may choose to pursue a career in crime scene investigation, DNA analysis, firearms analysis, toxicology, drug analysis, latent fingerprint development and analysis, medicolegal death investigator, autopsy assistant, questioned document examination, or as a lab technician. With sufficient work experience, you could eventually qualify for positions as a laboratory supervisor, manager or director. You may also find the program useful in pursuing a future forensic science or natural science degree at the master’s or PhD level.
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-112, Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab: 4
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
- UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of intermediate algebra or higher.
- MAT-154, Applications of College Algebra: 4
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
- PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4
- BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
Required General Education Courses
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.