Forensic Science Links @ OSU

Additional Information about Forensic Science Option at OSU

Sample curriculum for B.S chemistry degree with forensic science option

General Forensic Science Links

  1. Comprehensive list including undergrad and grad schools:  http://www.forensicdna.com/
  2. List of undergraduate FC Ed programs: https://chemistry.oregonstate.edu/content/forensic-science-programs
  3. Listing of all levels of Criminal Justice Programs and great information on Forensic Science degrees and careers. http://www.criminaljusticeprograms.com  
  4. American Academy of Forensic Sciences home page: https://www.aafs.org/
  5. Society of Forensic Toxicologists:  http://www.soft-tox.org/
  6. FBI summer internships: https://www.fbijobs.gov/students/undergrad
  7. International Crime Scene Investigators Association's information at http://www.icsia.org/
  8. Forensic Science Technician - A Guide to Forensic Science Degree Programs 

Possible Internship Locations for Extra Experience

State Forensics Lab - Springfield - drug and chemical analysis.

State Forensics Lab - Salem - ballistics

State Forensics Lab - Portland - the largest state crime lab. 

"Cops and Robbers 101" (Corvallis Police Academy).  10-week workshop, 3 hrs/week, Wed 6:30-9:30 pm.  Taught Fall and Spring.  Overview of what Corvallis police do. Includes learning to: drive a police car, firearm safety and use, fingerprinting, etc.  

Where can you use a B.S. in Chemistry with a Forensic Science option?

Forensic Scientist - an expert in using scientific investigations to establish facts in many aspects of criminal, civil and regulatory cases; works with lawyers.

Criminalistics - analysis, comparison, identification & interpretation of physical evidence obtained through use of technology to reconstruct events of crime;  uses analytical skill, experience in investigations and trials (expert witnesses).

Document Examiner - authorship, authenticity, alterations, and physical features of documents. In addition to BS, requires 2-yr apprenticeship with court examiner.

Forensic Toxicology - interpretation of analytical, clinical and environmental data for law & medicine; expert witness; 

Forensic Pathology - a medical specialty focused on determining the cause of death of a victim

Also Wildlife Forensics;  Computer Forensics; Nursing; Crime Scene Investigation.