Bachelor of Science in Applied Forensic Science:

Put yourself to the test with an Applied Forensic Science degree.

In our Applied Forensic Science bachelor’s degree program, you’ll get your fingerprints all over the subject matter. We take a hands-on approach to the applied forensic science, emphasizing practical skills and direct experience. You will earn a career-oriented bachelor’s degree in Forensic Science—and you get to do it at a beautiful New England college that is just minutes from Boston. In between your applied forensic science classes, there will be plenty of opportunities to play sports, make friends, enjoy adventures in Boston and explore interests beyond forensic science.

Mount Ida’s Applied Forensic Science program is led by faculty with over 100 years of professional experience. Our small forensic science classes ensure lots of one-on-one interaction with instructors, so you’ll get all the support you need to master forensic science procedures, technologies and concepts. Case studies and simulated investigations will give you the chance to tackle real-life forensic science challenges and develop professional skills that include:

  • Laboratory testing and documentation
  • Crime scene analysis and reconstruction techniques
  • Evidence handling and legal procedures
  • Critical thinking
  • Writing and research

You’ll also get to apply your forensic science knowledge in an actual workplace, completing a professional externship in one of greater Boston’s state-of-the-art forensic science labs. And in the senior capstone course, you’ll do independent research in forensic science, on a subject of your choosing.

As a small college steeped in traditional academics, Mount Ida offers strong courses in all the disciplines that make up applied forensic science. You’ll study chemistry, biology, physics, toxicology, genetics, and other subjects along with targeted forensic science courses in subjects such as criminology, crime analysis and criminal profiling.

The forensic science degree requires 121 credits, broken down as follows:

  • 18 credits in core forensic sciences
  • 18 credits in criminal justice
  • 31 credits in related science courses
  • 33 credits in arts, sciences, and humanities
  • 21 credits in open electives

Here are just a few of the courses you may be taking:

  • CJ 323 – Criminal Profiling Strategies
  • BI 340 – Genetics
  • CJ 401 – Investigative Methods and Procedures

For complete course listings please refer to our catalog. To learn more about our faculty, please visit the faculty and staff directory.


An Applied Forensic Science bachelor’s degree from Mount Ida offers diverse career opportunities with a wide range of employers. The federal government has a large forensic science workforce, with multiple opportunities within the FBI, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Postal Service, Central Intelligence Agency, among others.

In addition, graduates of Mount Ida’s forensic science program have obtained jobs with:

  • Police departments
  • District Attorneys’ offices
  • Private laboratories
  • Medical examiners
  • Sheriff’s offices
  • State or local agencies

Some students choose to build on their Applied Forensic Science Bachelor’s Degree by pursuing a graduate degree in this field.