Forensic Science Program Major - Defiance College - Defiance, Ohio

Forensic Science

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Forensic Science

Law and Order. CSI. Bones.

Sherlock Holmes. Dick Tracy. Rick Deckard.

Watching and reading about forensics is one thing. Doing forensics in real life is even better.

The Defiance College forensic science program brings together the fields of chemistry, biology, physics, medicine, and criminal justice. Students work closely with professors as they learn such skills as evidence analysis from arson accelerants, DNA fingerprinting, presumptive tests for narcotics, trajectories for ballistics, human anatomy for drawing evidence from remains, and the legal procedures for taking evidence to court.

Forensic science is a demanding major because of its scientific underpinning and the skills needed to analyze crime scene evidence while following legal procedures that preserve evidence for use in court.

In the classroom, at mock crime scene investigations, and while interning with regional crime laboratories and local police departments, forensic science majors prepare for positions in crime labs or in a forensics graduate program.

Smart. Savvy. Sensitive to details. Attuned to evidence.

Don’t just read about forensic science investigators. Be one!


Majoring in Forensic Science

The forensic science major is designed to provide a student with a strong science background coupled with a foundation in criminal justice and legal concepts. The 127-hour degree program includes two internships or cooperative education experiences and a senior research experience. The forensic science student will enjoy being part of a collaborative effort between two academic divisions: the Division of Science and Math and the Division of Behavioral and Applied Social Science.

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Internships/Co-op Experiences

Students do internships with regional crime laboratories and local police departments to gain experience in both laboratory forensic investigations and crime investigation. Also, all students have a senior research project in forensics. Past projects included such diverse topics as ballistics, biological decomposition rates and gun powder residue patterns.


Unique Opportunity

Mock Crime Scene Investigation
Criminal justice, forensic science, and computer forensic majors at Defiance College get a unique opportunity each year to conduct criminal investigations. Steve Sondergaard, professor of criminal justice, stages a different mock crime scene each year for students to gain experience in a variety of aspects in criminal investigation.


After College — What’s Next?

A degree in forensic science will prepare a student to work in a crime laboratory, administrative agency laboratory, private industry, or other clinical settings. Experiences with various scientific instruments, offered at Defiance College, can prove to be indispensable for a job search.  Faculty, along with most crime laboratory directors, encourage the student to consider a graduate degree prior to seeking employment in the field. Students may also consider law school following completion of their studies at Defiance College. A law degree with an undergraduate degree in forensic science may be appealing to those seeking to become a prosecutor, defense attorney, or to work for a governmental administrative agency. Also, the degree may be a form of pre-med study for those seeking to attend medical school or attain an alternative job preparation degree.


The Faculty

Nathan Griggs, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology
419-783-2592 |

Douglas D. Kane, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology
419-783-2593 |

Alyson Laframboise, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology
419-783-2593 |

Somnath Dutta, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry
419-783-2428 |

Steven Sondergaard, J.D., Professor of Criminal Justice
419-783-2443 |