Forensic Science

What is Forensic Science?

Forensic science uses a multi-faceted approach to criminal investigation focusing on the identification, collection, and analysis of evidence which can link a suspect to the crime.  Whether it’s physical evidence such as biometric identifiers, bodily fluids, ballistics, markings, or other types, forensic science plays a critical role in processing evidence for use in criminal prosecution. It utilizes principles and applications from many disciplines including the natural and social sciences and law. For this reason, our programs incorporate courses from biology, chemistry, criminal justice, and anthropology.

Forensic Science study at East Carolina University

Our students learn forensic science in the classroom, laboratory, and mock crime scene where they explore each aspect in the processing of criminal evidence. Our courses are taught by highly qualified faculty using many of the same methods and tools found in modern law enforcement agencies and crime laboratories.

Minor in Forensic Science

The Minor in Forensic Science is a 24-26 semester hour program which focuses on criminal investigation, crime scene investigation, and the management of criminal evidence. It’s one of the Minors offered by the Department of Criminal Justice but students also take specific courses in forensic anthropology, anatomy and physiology, and organic chemistry. Our forensic science laboratory is equipped with modern-day instruments and computer software so students are learning current investigative applications.  Whether it’s digital fingerprint scanning, computerized facial reconstruction, 3-D crime scene sketching, digital blood pattern mapping, chemical processing of bodily fluids, alternate light sources, crime scene photography, comparative evidence examination, or latent fingerprint identification, the lab has the tools necessary for students to learn each facet of criminal investigation.

The Forensic Science Minor requires 24 to 26 semester hours of credit in the following: 


Program Requirements 

For more information contact the Department of Criminal Justice (252) 328-4192; or an Academic Advisor at (252)-737-4454.