About the Forensic Science Program

The Forensic Science program offers two track options, Forensic Science with Biology Concentration and Forensic Science with Chemistry Concentration. Both options are designed for students interested in careers working as scientists in forensic laboratories, medical professions, or as preparation for graduate studies.

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Natural Sciences at Maryville University

Science courses and laboratories at Maryville University are small learning communities. Most of our science courses have an enrollment limit of 24-30 students. Our labs that accompany most courses have no more than 14 students. Nearly all of our courses and laboratories are taught by faculty members with doctoral degrees.

Program Features

Some of our courses are taught using a collaborative learning environment or inquiry-based learning and teaching methods. Collaborative learning helps prepare students to “do science” as part of a team—a valuable skill for students’ post-graduation work environments. Research-level science involves studying problems for which we do not already have the answers. Inquiry-based learning in the undergraduate curricula helps our students to gain experience that better prepares them for graduate study.

Small classes, knowledgeable faculty—with a passion to teach science to the next generation of scientists.

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Career Opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,, job opportunities for forensic scientists are expected to grow by more than 30% by the year 2016., , reports that the median annual salary for a forensic scientist is between $40,000 and $74,000, depending on experience. Forensic scientists employed by federal agencies typically earn higher salaries than those employed by state and local agencies. See Bureau of Labor Statistics data below for more information.

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