Applied Forensic Sciences Bachelor of Science

The Mercyhurst University Department of Applied Forensic Sciences offers a multi-disciplinary undergraduate major dedicated to educating students in matters related to science, forensic science, society and the law. Students receive a solid natural science education, bolstered by the thematic forensic science courses. The program advances the student’s knowledge of science-based forensic fields of study and advocates critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Classroom learning is strengthened by strong, hands-on components of many courses. The Department of Applied Forensic Sciences stresses the importance of reasonable and ethical behavior in regard to the field of forensic science to all members of the department: faculty, staff and students. The development of the undergraduate Applied Forensic Sciences Program represents the first truly multidisciplinary major at Mercyhurst that incorporates the major natural sciences (biology, chemistry, physics) and mathematics within the core curriculum. The program includes four concentrations: Forensic Anthropology Criminalistics/ Forensic Biology and Forensic Chemistry. The Mercyhurst core curriculum is enhanced by these four specialized concentrations which meet students' interests while reflecting the changing face of forensic science.

Meet the Faculty

Dennis Dirkmaat, Ph.D., D.A.B.F.A
Director, Department of Applied Forensic Sciences, Master of Science in Anthropology: Forensic and Biological Anthropology Concentration, Forensic Anthropology Summer Short Course Programs
Heather Garvin
Assistant Professor
Kristina Altes
Postdoc
Luis Cabo-Perez, M.S.
Director, Forensic and Bioarchaeology Laboratory, Director, Graduate Student Research, Department of Applied Forensic Sciences
Mr. Dennis Donovan
Adjunct Professor

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