Which Minnesota Universities Offer Forensic Science Degree Programs?

Find out which Minnesota schools offer degree programs with forensic science training. See requirements and school information, and learn about the career outlook and salary information for a forensic science career in Minnesota. Schools offering Forensic Science degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

You can study forensic science at the undergraduate level through 4-year bachelor's degree programs in criminal justice, biology or chemistry with a forensic science track, concentration or associated certificate option. You can expect to take specialized classes in context with your major area of study. For example, criminal justice students will learn about genetics and cell biology in conjunction with behavioral science, and they may complete a criminal justice-oriented internship. Biology and chemistry majors will take classes and labs oriented toward evidence analysis and instrumentation; internship experiences are tailored to scientific applications, such as with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Read on to see if any of these programs are a good fit for you.

Bachelor's Degree Forensic Science Programs in Minnesota

Hamline University

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Criminal Justice
  • Field of Study Options: Forensic science undergraduate certificate or post-baccalaureate certificate
  • Program Length: 40 credits for criminal justice major, not including additional requirements; 44-48 credits for certificate
  • Tuition: $33,236 per year (2012-2013)
  • School Type: 4-year, private not-for-profit; approximately 2,000 undergraduates and 3,000 graduates
  • Address: Department of Criminal Justice, MS-B1805, Hamline University, 1536 Hewitt Ave., St. Paul, Minnesota 55104
  • Phone: (651) 523-2295

Hamline University's BA in Criminal Justice is an interdisciplinary program with available courses in forensic anthropology and forensic science. As an undergraduate student or a bachelor's degree holder, you can complete a 13-14 course certificate program in forensic science, with coursework covering genetics, cell biology and chemistry, as well as topics in data analysis, behavioral science and statistics. For your undergraduate BA program, you complete a capstone project and a professional internship.

St. Cloud State University

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science (BS) in Chemistry
  • Field of Study Option: Forensic science minor
  • Program Length: 120 credit hours
  • Tuition: $7,105 per year for in-state residents; $14,401 per year for out-of-state residents (2011-2012)
  • School Type: 4-year, public; roughly 16,000 undergraduates and 2,000 graduates
  • Address: Department of Chemistry, Wick Science Bldg. 358, St. Cloud State University, 720 4th Ave. S., St. Cloud, Minnesota 56301
  • Phone: (320) 308-3031

At St. Cloud State University, the forensic science minor offers courses in collaboration with the anthropology and criminal justice departments. The forensic science courses include a lab component and teach you how to analyze physical evidence. For the major, you also complete such courses as biochemistry, organic chemistry and quantitative analysis.

The College of St. Scholastica

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Arts in Biology
  • Field of Study Option: Pre-forensics track
  • Program Length: Four years, full-time
  • Tuition: $30,208 per year (2012-2013)
  • Admission Requirements: Application to major during sophomore year
  • School Type: 4-year, private not-for-profit; about 3,000 undergraduates and 1,000 graduates
  • Address: Biology Department, The College of St. Scholastica, 1200 Kenwood Ave., Duluth, Minnesota 55811
  • Phone: (218) 723-6046

The forensics preparation track, offered through the BA in Biology program, includes courses covering DNA analysis and advanced laboratory study. Your program also includes topics such as genetics and instrumental analysis. As an undergraduate student, you're encouraged to seek a professional internship with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

University of Minnesota - Morris

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry
  • Field of Study Option: Biochemistry - forensic science
  • Program Length: Four years, full-time
  • Tuition: $11,720 per year (2012-2013)
  • School Type: 4-year, public; around 2,000 undergraduates
  • Address: 600 E. 4th St., Morris, Minnesota 56267
  • Phone: (320) 589-6035

In your undergraduate program, you have the option of completing an anthropology/sociology track or a psychology track. Program courses include instrumental analysis, analytical chemistry and cell biology. You also study related topics, such as ethics, deviance, psychopathology and political psychology.

Forensic Science Careers in Minnesota

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), forensic science technicians nationwide earned a 2011 mean salary of around $56,000. Based on BLS 2010-2020 projections, the increasing use of forensic technology in the criminal justice system should lead to 19% growth in employment for forensic science technicians. In order to work in crime labs as a forensic science technician, a bachelor's degree is required. You'll need on-the-job training whether you work in the lab or on-site. Law enforcement agencies, such as the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), offer internships to students working towards degrees related to forensic science, biology, criminalistics, or chemistry.

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