Nate Enriquez with research poster

Participation in research conferences at the undergraduate level builds student resumés, professional networks and confidence. Shown: Forensic Science and Biochemistry double-major Nate Enriquez at the ABRCMS conference.

Many Chaminade University initiatives contribute to provide diverse and outstanding opportunities for our students to develop skills and get involved with subjects related to the Forensic Sciences degree program.

Senior Year Forensic Sciences Internship Experience:

The Forensic Sciences are not a single discipline, but an umbrella of many disciplines. In undergraduate coursework, students will get working knowledge of many of these sub-disciplines. Our outstanding senior-year internship program provides a semester of hands-on experience in a specific forensic science specialty under the direct supervision of a recognized expert in that area. By their senior year, undergraduate students will have identified a specialty that they would like to pursue. Many of our students have the opportunity to intern with one of our institutional partners.

Forensic Specialties

  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Forensic Entomology
  • Forensic Engineering
  • Forensic Photography
  • Drug Chemistry
  • DNA Analysis
  • Fingerprint Analysis
  • Questioned Documents
  • Ballistics
  • Firearms Examination
  • Tool Mark Examination
  • Computer Fraud, Cyber Crime

Chaminade Collections and Protocols:

The Chaminade Collections and Protocols project provides an opportunity for students to do research on campus in the area of forensic sciences and and contribute to a body of scientific knowledge to aid in criminal investigations.

Undergraduate Research in the Sciences:

Forensic Sciences expertise is built on a core of scientific knowledge and skills. Chaminade University is committed to the idea of undergraduate research in order that students will develop proficiency with lab skills, the scientific method, and state-of-the art technology. Students may participate in research on-campus with professors engaged in biology- and biochemistry-related research as well as research related to forensic investigation in our facilities on campus. In addition, forensic sciences students often participate in paid summer research internship positions in biosciences labs at leading research institutions across the country. Students that participate in research projects often attend national conferences in the Biosciences and Forensic Sciences.

In the field, in the lab

Forensic Photography
Advanced Instrumentation

Forensic Sciences


For inquiries please contact:

David Carter, Ph.D.
Director of Forensic Sciences
Tel: (808) 739-8352
Henry Hall 5

The Forensic Sciences Department is part of the
Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics