WHAT IS FORENSIC SCIENCE?
Forensic science is the application of science to the law. Forensic scientists analyze and classify physical evidence related to criminal investigations, and the forensic science community seeks highly trained professionals that possess the required skills. Forensic scientists play an integral role in the judiciary system as advocates for the evidence, and some serve as specialists in an area of expertise, such as toxicology, ignitable liquids, explosives and fingerprints.
FORENSIC SCIENCE IN THE DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
The UCF Forensic Science Program welcomes you as an undergraduate major in either the forensic chemistry or the forensic biochemistry track. The baccalaureate degree program, started in 1974, has common entry, general education, science and forensic discipline subjects, differing only in the upper level classes. The forensic chemistry track emphasizes the application of modern chromatographic, spectroscopic and micro-analytical techniques to problems in forensic science. The forensic biochemistry track has a strong biochemistry-DNA focus to serve the needs of supervisory personnel in DNA sections of crime laboratories.
The mission of the UCF Forensic Science B.S. Program is to provide a high-quality and well-rounded experience for its students that will allow them to compete for positions in forensic science and/or to prepare them for education at the graduate level.
PROGRAM GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
The objectives of the Forensic Science B.S. program are to graduate students who:
- Are competent in the theory, operation, and data interpretation for instruments used in forensic laboratories
- Have an in-depth understanding of Chemistry and the ability to apply this information to the field of forensics
- Are able to plan, conduct, and evaluate scientific investigations
- Demonstrate proficiency in scientific writing
- Effectively present scientific information
- Demonstrate an understanding of ethical and legal issues essential to the field of forensic science
- Have engaged in high impact practices and integrative experiences that support lifelong learning
The UCF Forensic Science baccalaureate program began in 1974 with the first degree awarded in 1977. Since the program began, 569 B.S. degrees have been awarded. Over the past five years, our graduates have reported employment in various field. From Fall 2013 -2017, responding graduates report: employment at crime labs (32%), attendance at a graduate or professional program (28%), employment in crime scene (16%), employment at a laboratory other than forensic science related (13%), employment in the military or law enforcement (5%), and other employment (5%).