Forensic Science Program


Successful Forensic Science majors at Fairmont State University will be proficient in:

  • Problem solving
  • Legal analysis and application
  • Quantitative reasoning
  • Investigation
  • Scientific laboratory procedures

A number of educational elements must be covered in a Forensic Science program.  The Forensic Science curriculum at Fairmont includes courses in criminal justice, biology, chemistry, physics, math and interdisciplinary courses.

Students should also expect to take classes like English, criminal investigation, genetics, molecular biotechnology and statistics.

A Forensic Science degree is ideal for immediate employment or advanced study.  Combining a Forensic Science degree with degrees in chemistry, biology, math, business, foreign languages or psychology makes graduates highly marketable.

Career Opportunities

The annual median wage for a Forensic Science Technician is $47,680.00, and the projected need for this career field is expected to increase by 21% until 2016.  Forensic Science students who go directly into the workforce are often:

  • Medical Examiner
  • Criminalists
  • Forensic Anthropologists
  • Forensic Chemists
  • Forensic Pathologists
  • Toxicologists
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External Advisory Board

Coordinating Committee Faculty Profiles

Student and Alumni Profiles

Dr. Mark Flood, Coordinator
Department of Biology-Chemistry-Geoscience
Room 414 Hunt Haught Hall
Phone: 304.367.4309