Program is the only within Indiana to offer three tracks: forensic biology, forensic chemistry and criminalistics
GARY, Ind. — Indiana University Northwest will offer a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science beginning August 2023, involving courses in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, criminalistics and criminal investigation.
The new degree program focuses on applying scientific methods to matters of law, usually involving criminal cases.
IU Northwest’s degree has three tracks in forensic biology, forensic chemistry and criminalistics.
- Forensic biology: focuses on human body evidence, such as DNA analysis.
- Forensic chemistry: the application of chemistry to crime scene evidence to help solve the crime, such as carpet fiber analysis or explosive analysis.
- Criminalistics: focuses on the identification, collection and analysis of physical evidence in criminal cases, such as fingerprint analysis or blood splatter analysis.
With this degree, individuals will be prepared to collect and analyze crime scene evidence, work in crime labs at the local, state and federal levels, and assist law enforcement agencies with dedicated crime scene units.
“When serious crime occurs, such as murder, many times there are no available witnesses who can identify the suspect,” said Eric Lambert, Director of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). “In these cases, and most criminal cases, following the evidence is critical. Forensic science is key to solving the case and identifying the offender.”