Forensic and Investigative Sciences

About the forensic and investigative sciences major

Forensic science is the application of scientific methods and processes to matters that involve crime or the public. Forensic science is multidisciplinary; it involves fields such as chemistry, biology, math, psychology, physics, criminal justice, and law.

Forensic scientists analyze evidence and testify in court. With this major, you'll learn how to use tools that allow professionals to analyze chemical, biological, and physical evidence. This program is one of 22 accredited forensic science programs in the United States.

Skills and abilities this major develops: math, science, and statistical analysis skills; problem solving and critical thinking skills; detail orientation; and communication skills to report and to testify about your work.

Engaged learning experiences

Regardless of your major or future career, engaged learning is vital to your present and future. It makes you more marketable for jobs and professional schools upon graduation, it enables you to build deeper connections with faculty and staff in your field of study, and it makes your learning personal by connecting your interests and values with the curriculum from your classes. Check out the three ideas below for places to get started, or learn more at IU Indianapolis’s Institute for Engaged Learning website.

Quick facts

Sample coursework

  • Biological chemistry
  • Forensic biology
  • Forensic genetics
  • Forensic microscopy
  • Forensic science and the law
  • Organic chemistry 1 and 2

Possible careers

  • Crime scene investigator
  • Criminalist
  • DNA analyst
  • Forensic scientist or drug chemist
  • Medical examiner*
  • Toxicologist

*This career requires additional training or education.

Where could I work?

  • Indiana State Police
  • Marion County Coroner's Office
  • Marion County Forensic Services Agency
  • State of Indiana
  • Strand Diagnostics
  • U.S. Department of Defense

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Cluster

This major belongs to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) cluster. The STEM cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in the sciences, technology, engineering, informatics, and computing. The STEM cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools.

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