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Experience Hands-On Laboratories and Real Crime Scene Simulations

Our forensic science degree program will prepare you for work in most sections of the forensic laboratory. You'll be immersed in the world of drugs, arson, toxicology, death investigations and DNA evidence. 

Additionally, forensic science majors at Point Park University have the unique opportunity to investigate mock crime scenes in our crime scene investigation house — located right on campus. 

You'll also have the opportunity to participate in real-world internships. For example, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office is just a short walk away. We've also had students intern with UPMC Research, Pittsburgh VA Medical Center, Ocean City Police Department and Quest Diagnostics. 

If you like applying chemistry, physics, biology and math to problems related to legal situations, then our forensic science degree program may be right for you.

Pictured is Assistant Professor Edward Strimlan, M.D., conducting a mock crime scene investigation with forensic science students in Schenley Park. | Photo by Andy Weier

Assistant Professor Edward Strimlan, M.D., conducts a mock crime scene investigation with forensic science students in Schenley Park.

Courses & Topics

Coursework is not for the faint of heart and includes an exploration of accidental deaths and suicide, crime scene photography, forensic autopsy photography, gunshot wounds, stab wounds, time of death and hands-on labs with collecting of trace evidence like hair, fiber, glass and then processing evidence found at the scene.  

  • Accident/Suicide Death Investigation
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Criminalistics
  • Criminal Evidence
  • Development of the Death Investigation System
  • Forensic Photography
  • Forensic Real Crime Scene Investigation/Crime House
  • Natural Death Investigation and the Ethics of Forensic Science

Minor in Forensic Science

Broaden your science and law enforcement skillsets by minoring in Forensic Science at Point Park, a program especially beneficial for students majoring in criminal justice, legal studies, forensic psychology, intelligence and national security or biological sciences. Point Park's 18-credit minor includes the following courses:
  • Accident/Suicide Death Investigation
  • Development of the Death Investigation System
  • Ethics in Forensic Science
  • Forensic Evidence I and II
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice

Career Options

With a forensic science degree, you will have the option to pursue various career opportunities in areas such as:

  • Ballistics
  • Criminalistics
  • Entomology
  • Epidemiology
  • Forensic Engineering
  • Forensic Nursing
  • Investigations
  • Odontology
  • Pathology/Medical Examination
  • Physical/Forensic Anthropology
  • Serology
  • Toxicology

Faculty bring industry experience and expertise to the classroom

Learn from faculty who have worked directly in the forensic science field and are willing to share their expertise and experience with students.

Meet the faculty
Pictured is Edward Strimlan, M.D., assistant professor of forensic science.
  • Former chief forensic investigator for Allegheny County’s Office of the Medical Examiner
  • Conducted more than 2,000 death scene investigations
  • Shares hundreds of real stories with his students

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