What makes our program unique?

Forensic Science at University of Providence is unique compared with the many other programs in the US in that most programs spend their time on criminal justice topics. University of Providence’s program spends the majority of time on forensic sciences, hard sciences, and mathematics necessary to be a well-rounded and educated forensic investigator or laboratory expert. This is reinforced by the numerous laboratory classes for the diverse areas of forensic investigation.

The entire range of forensic sciences topics are covered at University of Providence, ranging from the most useful, such as fingerprint analysis, DNA analysis, serology, and blood spatter analysis, to the less well-studied, such as evidence and lab analysis of hair, glass, soils, bones, drugs, poisons, and some thirty other areas. Numerous opportunities have been developed for internships during the summer, including working at real crime laboratories in Montana, other states, and for the federal government.

Learning Objectives

The student will learn to:

  1. Interpret scientific and laboratory evidence accurately
  2. Perform laboratory skills to analyze evidence
  3. Communicate scientific information accurately and succinctly
  4. Collect crime scene evidence appropriately

Career Preparation

Employment of forensic scientists is projected to grow 27 percent between 2014 and 2024.  This is much faster than the average job growth over the same period. The major tracks prepare students to work either as crime scene investigators, in a laboratory environment, or to continue their education at the graduate school level.


Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science


Forensic Science
Forensic Science, Biology Track
Forensic Science, Chemistry Track


Forensic Science minor
Forensic Investigation Concentration


Mykal Gernaat
S. Diane Lund