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School of Applied Sciences

Applied Forensic Science
Bachelor of Science

Take a hands-on approach to mastering forensic science procedures, technologies, and concepts.

Forensic Science

Earn a science-oriented degree that emphasizes professional courses in forensic science. biology and criminal justice in small classes that feature case studies, simulated crime scenes and investigations.

Preparation for the real world.

Our small Forensic Science classes ensure frequent one-on-one interaction with instructors. Case studies and simulated crime scenes and 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 may also want to consider a minor in pathology, criminal justice or psychology.

For details about the curriculum, the complete course listing, specific program requirements and expected learning outcomes please refer to the Applied Forensic Science degree program in our College Catalog.

Program Requirements - 121 credits, broken out into the following categories:

  • 31 credits- Science Core Courses
  • 18 credits- Applied Forensic Science Required Courses
  • 18 credits- Criminal Justice Required Courses
  • 33 credits- All College Curriculum and Other Required Courses
  • 21 credits- Open Electives

Here are some of the core courses you may be taking:

  • AF 309- Applied Forensic Science Case Studies
  • AF 450- Special Topics in Applied Forensic Science
  • CJ 323- Criminal Profiling Strategies
  • BI 340- Genetics
  • CJ 401- Investigative Methods and Procedures

Life at Mount Ida

A desire to succeed defines us. An undeniable spirit unites us. Mount Ida is a diverse yet tight-knit community where passion is the norm and determination is contagious. Discover why our students are proud to call this campus home.

Here to teach, guide, cultivate and inspire.

As well-respected in their industries as they are in the classroom, Mount Ida’s instructors will expand your practical knowledge, challenge your thinking, and empower you to reach your potential.

To learn more about our faculty, please visit the Forensic Science faculty directory.

Photo of James Jabbour
Faculty Spotlight

James Jabbour

Program Coordinator Assistant Professor

Enter the Forensic Science Center at Mount Ida and you will find Professor Jabbour demonstrating how to use a traditional microscope, a ballistic comparison microscope or stereo-zoom microscope to examine items too large to put on a slide. Or, his students might be learning how to use auto-magnifiers to examine larger items such as tire tracks and foot impressions, or a fuming hood that allows them to process for fingerprints A mass spectrometer sits nearby, allowing examination of minute particles ...

Life at Mount Ida

A desire to succeed defines us. An undeniable spirit unites us. Mount Ida is a diverse yet tight-knit community where passion is the norm and determination is contagious. Discover why our students are proud to call this campus home.

Life after Graduation.

An Applied Forensic Science bachelor’s degree from Mount Ida opens the door to diverse career opportunities with a wide range of employers or to advanced studies in forensic science, including:

  • FBI
  • U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
  • U.S. Postal Service
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • Law enforcement agencies
  • District attorney’s offices
  • Medical examiner offices
  • Private laboratories
  • Forensic Science graduate programs

Life at Mount Ida

A desire to succeed defines us. An undeniable spirit unites us. Mount Ida is a diverse yet tight-knit community where passion is the norm and determination is contagious. Discover why our students are proud to call this campus home.

Admissions

We assign every prospective student a dedicated admissions counselor to guide them along every step of the applications process. Our no-fee applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so there’s no better time to apply. Learn more about the process in our Admissions & Aid section.

Tuition Fees and Aid

Tuition:

Resident Students, 2017-2018 tuition, fees, room & board (before aid is deducted) is $49,400.

Commuter Students, 2017-2018 tuition and fees (before aid is deducted) is $35,720.

Additional information regarding the breakdown of direct, indirect costs and program fees can be found by viewing the 2017-2018 Billing Guide.

*Students enrolling in the Veterinary Technology, Design and Dental Programs (excluding Pre Dental Hygiene and Degree completion) should add $1,700 for expected program expenses.

Per Course Fees:

Biology Course with Lab-$80.00

Chemistry Course with Lab-$80.00

Physics Course with Lab-$80.00

Aid:
As part of our commitment to making college affordable, Mount Ida College has increased the aid we award from $12 million in 2012 to over $20 million in 2017. All new students entering in Fall 2018 are expected to receive some type of merit award, with most awards anticipated to be between $15,000 – $27,000 per year – and that’s before we award need-based aid. Visit here for more details about other costs and financial aid.

98%

of Mount Ida students 
receive some form of financial aid

Life at Mount Ida

A desire to succeed defines us. An undeniable spirit unites us. Mount Ida is a diverse yet tight-knit community where passion is the norm and determination is contagious. Discover why our students are proud to call this campus home.

We take a hands-on approach to teaching you about the forensic sciences, emphasizing practical skills and direct experience in our crime scene and blood-spatter rooms and the training center’s lab.
James Jabbour

Program Coordinator, Assistant Professor

Applied Forensic Science in the School of Applied Sciences