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Forensic Science, B.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Reading, OH, United States
As a forensic science major at Alvernia University, you’ll develop the knowledge and skills necessary to work in a modern crime lab in your hometown, or at the regional, state or federal level.
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Forensic science, which is defined as science that is used for purposes of the law, is an exciting and fascinating field for students who have a strong interest in chemistry and biology. Forensic scientists work closely with investigators, attorneys and others to discover, analyze and deliver evidence during criminal investigations.

The best forensic scientists are accurate, methodical and detailed, and have excellent observational skills. Above all, you must be completely unbiased during all investigations, allowing the evidence to speak for itself. Because your work will be used in court, it’s important that you keep detailed notes and are able to write clear and accurate reports. You’ll also need to be poised enough to testify in court when you are called to do so.

Forensic science classes and labs are offered in the O’Pake Science Center, a state-of-the-art teaching and research facility on Alvernia’s main campus. You’ll have access to sophisticated science instrumentation throughout your curriculum, including UV/Vis, Infrared and Fluorescence spectrometers, a high performance liquid chromatograph (HPLC), a gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer (GC/MS), a Raman spectrometera flame/graphite-furnace atomic absorption spectrometer, and a system capable of doing laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • General Chemistry I
  • General Chemistry II
  • Laboratory Safety
  • General Chemistry I Lab
  • General Chemistry II Lab
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Organic Chemistry II
  • Organic Chemistry I Lab
  • Organic Chemistry II Lab
  • Analytical Chemistry w/Lab
  • Instrumental Analysis
  • The Forensics Profession
  • Physical Chemistry I
  • Physical Chemistry I Lab
  • Forensic Toxicology
  • Forensic Chemistry w/Lab
  • Principles of Biology
  •  Human Form and Function
  • Human Form and Function Lab
  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology
  • Molecular Genetics Lab
  • Cell Biology Lab
  • Forensic Medicine
  • Forensic Biology
  • Seminar

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3
Recommended score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of 3 or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Students seeking admission to Alvernia University may apply any time after

completion of the junior year in high school. All candidates should submit the


  • 1. Application for admission
  • 2. $25 non-refundable application fee
  • 3. Official secondary school transcripts or record of equivalency
  • 4. Official SAT or ACT scores
  • 5. Personal Essay

Tuition Fee

  • National

    32840 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32840 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Full-Time (12-17 credits/semester)- 2017-2018 Tuition

Living costs for Reading

  • 1015 - 1680 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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