Forensic Sciences

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Chaminade University offers three credentials in forensic sciences education, a Master of Science in Forensic Sciences (MSFS), a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Sciences (BSFS), and a Minor in Forensic Sciences.
 

Mission and Objectives

To provide students with the skills to advance justice through the application of science

and technology. Upon completion of the undergraduate degree program in Forensic Sciences, students will have demonstrated use of:

  • The scientific method as it is used in a forensic context,
  • Quality assurance programs, to include the legal system, ethics, and professional practice in the forensic sciences
  • Knowledge from disciplines that comprise the forensic sciences, and
  • Techniques used for the recognition, documentation, and analysis of physical evidence.

Career Options

A Bachelor of Science in Forensic Sciences provides students with a wide range of career options while preparing students to build a career in a crime laboratory or investigations. This degree also provides an excellent basis for further studies in the forensic sciences at the graduate level. The BS in Forensic Sciences also provides an excellent basis for students building a career in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, law, and veterinary medicine.

Since 2010, 86% of our graduates have been placed in science-related positions. Most (55%) of our graduates use the BSFS to enter graduate school in forensic sciences, biology, chemistry, pharmacy, or medicine. Many (25%) of our students opt to acquire employment immediately after graduation, usually as a forensic investigator or laboratory scientist. The remaining graduates have used the BSFS to enter the military or pursue a career in education.

Some destinations of our BSFS graduates include:

California State University Los Angeles – MS degree program, Forensic Sciences
Chandler (Arizona) Police Department – Crime Scene Technician
City and County of Honolulu Department of the Medical Examiner – Investigator
Diagnostic Laboratory Services, Inc. – Laboratory Assistant
Florida Department of Law Enforcement – Crime Laboratory Analyst
Fresno (California) Police Department – Crime Scene Technician
Honolulu Police Department – Scientific Investigation Section
University of Michigan – PhD degree program, Immunology & Microbiology

Advantages of our Forensic Sciences degree programs

  • Integrates the practical (laboratory experience, investigative experience, internships) with academic (basic sciences, criminal justice);
  • Small class size;
  • Hands-on experience with current techniques;
  • Encourages individual research and cooperates with other research and investigative agencies;

Encourages and prepares students to pursue professional and graduate degrees.

Contact Us

Natural Sciences and Mathematics Division
Phone: (808) 440-4204
Email: hharakun@chaminade.edu
Location: Wesselkamper 116
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