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Forensic Science, B.Sc.

  • 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 at Alvernia University, 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.

Learning outcomes

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
  • Credits
    123 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • General Chemistry 
  • Laboratory Safety
  • Organic Chemistry 
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • The Forensics Profession
  • Principles of Biology
  • Human Form and Function

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 IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    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.

General Requirements

  • Official copies of all education credentials, such as high school transcripts or equivalent high school completion certificate.
  • Foreign Credential Equivalency Report(s) of all documents must be submitted, with a copy of the original documents. Suggested agencies include World Education Services (WES), Joseph Silny & Associates, Inc. International Education Consultants (JS&A), and Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).
  • Financial Statement
  • Two letters of recommendation are required, only if applying to the Nursing program. The letter writer must submit them to the Admissions Office on behalf of the student. The student cannot send their own copies of letters of recommendation.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    36680 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18340 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    36680 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18340 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Reading

  • 1015 - 1680 USD/month
    Living Costs

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