Forensic Science Major Overview

The goal of the Forensic Sciences program is to provide a superior educational experience that develops foundational concepts, problem solving and critical thinking skills, and laboratory technique. These reinforcing, progressive experiences through the four-year curriculum are designed to propel the graduate into independent, successful work in the physical world with appropriate communication skills for the discipline.


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Forensic Science Major Internships

Hundreds of Forensic Science internship programs are offered throughout the nation every summer. BC students are assisted by the Forensic Science adviser with applications to these numerous opportunities. Examples include a summer internship with NCIS, as well as with Bluefield, VA police department officers who coordinate with Forensic Science majors for local internship opportunities.

Common Sites for Internships

BC Campus Chemistry Department

Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS)

Forensic Science Major Outcomes

A solid chemistry education is applicable anywhere in the world as the general laws and principles of the physical world are universally constant. A rigorous work ethic is required for success in the chemistry program and this has carry-over into the individual’s Forensic Science career. Communication skills are promoted through the use of a series of writing assignments that progress in expectations from freshman to senior years.

Career Opportunities

Medical Examiner

Crime Laboratory Analyst

Forensic Engineer

Crime Scene Examiner


Social Scientist


Technical Analysts

Psychological Profilers

Positions Held By Alumni

Grayson County High School, Teacher

Liberty High School, Chemistry Teacher

Graduate Schools Attended

Appalachian College of Pharmacy

Mercer University (Pharmacy)

Clubs and Organizations

Chemistry majors with a concentration in Forensic Science are encouraged to join the American Chemical Society which has local, regional, and national conferences where modern research in chemistry is presented and discussed, vendors offer services, and career services can be accessed.

Contact Information

Joe Saunders

Associate Professor of Chemistry; Department Chair, Chemistry






Ben Thurman

Class of 2009

"The best thing about the BC Chemistry program is the professors. They are dedicated, knowledgeable, and always willing to help. Whenever I needed help, the faculty was ALWAYS willing to assist me in any way possible."