George Murphy, Director
Lynn Boyd, Chair, Department of Biology
Greg Van Patten, Chair, Department of Chemistry
Lance Selva, Interim Chair, Department of Criminal Justice Administration
Deborah Newman, program coordinator, 615-898-2630, Deborah.Newman@mtsu.edu
George Murphy, program coordinator, 615-898-2487, George.Murphy@mtsu.edu
The interdisciplinary major in Forensic Science consists of a strong interdisciplinary curriculum within the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, and Criminal Justice. The goals of the Forensic Science major are to provide a strong academic foundation that offers preparation for advanced study in forensic science or employment in public crime laboratories, specialized private laboratories, and law enforcement agencies; to understand the role of the forensic scientist in the criminal justice system and offer preparation to present oral and written findings to the court; and to provide student interaction with current forensic practitioners through seminars and internships.
Forensic Science is the application of techniques and principles of the natural and physical sciences to the analysis of evidence collected during criminal investigations. Career options exist with the federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, forensic laboratories, medical examiner offices, hospitals, military, private firms, and universities.
No minor is required since this degree is highly interdisciplinary. The requirements for a major in Forensic Science can be obtained from an advisor of the program.