Forensic science is the application of science to criminal and civil laws, mainly on the criminal side during criminal investigation, as governed by the legal standards of admissible evidence and criminal procedure.

Forensic scientists collect, preserve, and analyze scientific evidenceduring the course of an investigation. While some forensic scientists travel to the scene of the crime to collect the evidence themselves, others occupy a laboratory role, performing analysis on objects brought to them by other individuals.

In addition to their laboratory role, forensic scientists testify as expert witness in both criminal and civil cases and can work for either the prosecution or the defense.

Jobs directly related to this degree include:

  • Analytical chemist
  • Biomedical scientist
  • Toxicologist
  • Detective
  • Forensic scientist
  • Scientific laboratory technician
  • Teaching laboratory technician