Loyola University Maryland

Forensic Studies

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Forensic Studies encompasses the wide array of academic disciplines that apply the knowledge, techniques, and technology to the investigation of crime and the courts of law. 

FliesTraditionally, forensic programs focus heavily on sciences, such as biology and chemistry. What makes Loyola’s program unique is a truly interdisciplinary approach. The Forensic Studies curriculum encompasses 16 departments of academic focus—the most of any program in the country—six of which offer a capstone experience. Students engage with subjects ranging from philosophy to engineering and take courses such as forensic entomology, security ethics, and business intelligence and data mining. 

Loyola students are poised for competitive internships and job placement in one of the top regions in the country for forensics work. In fact, the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., metro area is among the fastest-growing hubs for biotechnology and biohealth, forensic psychology and counseling, criminal investigation and justice, and counter-terrorism.
 "Maryland ranked #1 by Forbes for US Cities with highest concentration of STEM Jobs."

Demand for professionals with forensic training has never been greater—in public, private, and nonprofit organizations across the country.

Students gathered around table investigating crime scene

Employers seek graduates who not only have knowledge in and understanding of the field, but who can apply their breadth of understanding, interdisciplinary approaches, critical understanding, ability to work as a member of a team, excellent communication, and deductive reasoning to their work. These are the very skills Forensic Studies students acquire through the classroom, extra- and cocurricular involvement, and internships and job experience. 

The Grove: Exploring BL101: Intro to Forensic Science

Just Science Podcast- Forensic Sciences at RTI International

Barbara Vann

Barbara Vann, Ph.D.

Her passion for sociology led Barbara Vann, Ph.D., to research and teaching on the intersection of race, class, gender, sexuality, and disability

Students measure drops of blood for a lab assignment.
Course Snapshot

Exploring Biology 101: Introduction to Forensic Science

Learn about the field of forensics and acquire the lab techniques needed to conduct crime scene investigations.