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.

Click the Academic Catalog image to view course descriptions for the Forensic Science major.


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 Interships

  • Bluefield College Department of Chemistry (On Campus)
  • National Forensic Academy (NFA)
  • Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS)

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
  • Crime Scene Examiner
  • Social Scientist
  • Technical Analysts
  • Psychological Profilers

Graduate Schools Attended by Alumni

  • Appalachian College of Pharmacy
  • Mercer University (Pharmacy)

Positions Held by Alumni

  • Grayson County High School, Teacher
  • Liberty High School, Chemistry Teacher

Clubs and Organizations

American Chemical Society

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.

The best thing about the Bluefield College Chemistry Department 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.

Ben Thurman, Bedford, VA, Class of 2009