Applied Forensic Sciences Bachelor of Science

Become an expert in your field.

The Mercyhurst University Department of Applied Forensic Sciences offers a multidisciplinary undergraduate major dedicated to educating students in matters related to science, forensic science, society and the law. Starting with a deep understanding of the natural sciences, students learn to identify, collect, analyze and interpret forensic evidence through hands-on experiences in our state of the art forensics lab on campus and in hundreds of real-life cases outside of Mercyhurst.

WHY APPLIED FORENSIC SCIENCES?

We asked our students to tell us in five words or less what they love about studying applied forensic sciences.
Challenging program and amazing people.
Megan Stubbs '18
Engaging hands on experience.
Jonah Cook ’17
We question everything.
Taylor Rider '17
Rewarding, influential, significant.
Kyle Briggs '17

SIMILAR MAJORS

GeologyBiologyChemistry

SAMPLE COURSES


FRSC 242 Criminalistics
Learn to locate, document, recover and interpret multiple types of physical evidence from various types of crime scenes.

FRSC 390 Crime Scene Archaeology
Between in-class lectures and hands-on excavation of outdoor mock crime scenes, you’ll learn how to utilize archaeological principles for the recovery of various classes of evidence.

FRSC 410 Death Investigation
This course focuses on the similarities and distinctions among all manners of death and the investigative protocols and procedures used in death investigations.

EXPERIENCE & OUTCOMES

INTERNSHIPS

Our majors have completed internships with the Drug Enforcement Agency, Lake County (Ohio) District Attorney's Office, NCIS, and the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office.

CUTTING-EDGE FACILITIES

Our top-of-the-line facilities, such as the Ted A. Rathbun Osteology Laboratory, Forensic Anthropology Processing Lab, and Criminalistics Lab ensure that our students get the best experience possible.

REAL-WORLD EXPERIENCE

Our students work closely alongside their professors to conduct thorough searches for potential evidence and human remains at crime scenes throughout the region.

Meet the Faculty

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

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