Forensic Pattern Analysis encompasses a range of academic disciplines that apply the knowledge, techniques, and technology to the investigation of crime and the courts of law.
Traditionally, graduate forensic science programs focus heavily on preparation for students for careers in forensic biology, toxicology, and crime scene investigation. What makes Loyola’s program unique is an emphasis on comparative sciences, especially latent prints. The Forensic Pattern Analysis curriculum encompasses six departments of academic focus, providing both breadth and depth in education and training. Students engage with subjects ranging from philosophy to biology and take courses such as introductory and advanced topics in fingerprints, mock trial, forensic entomology, quality control and assurance, writing, and ethics.
Loyola graduates 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 counterterrorism.
Demand for professionals with comparative sciences training has never been greater—in public, private, and nonprofit organizations across the country.
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 Pattern Analysis students acquire through the classroom, extra- and cocurricular involvement, and internships and job experience.
FO 790 or FO 791 or
WR 626 or WR 625
Forensic Studies Seminar Series+
Introduction to Criminalistics
Introduction to Fingerprints
Biological and Forensic Science Laboratory Quality
Control and Assurance
Forensic Pattern Evidence
Mock Trial for Forensic Pattern Evidence
Advanced Topics and Techniques in Fingerprints
Pattern Evidence Recognition & Statistical Methods
Forensic Pattern Analysis Internship or Research or
Technical Writing or Professional Writing
1 cr. (3 cr. total)
Elective Courses: choose three (3) courses from the below list
Forensic Entomology w/lab
Forensic Biology w/lab
Special Topics in Forensic Biology#
Crime Scene Investigation
Topics in Forensic Science#
Forensic Cognitive Psychology
Forensic Science Errors & Wrongful Convictions
Leading and Managing People
Introduction to Statistics `
Probability and Statistics `
||Total 41-46 credits
`Only one course may count for credit from ST510, ST565, ST681; Closed to students who have course credit as an undergrad.
+FO 500 A minimum of three seminars are required.
#FO 690 and BL 773 May be repeated once for credit.
*FO 790 / FO 791 / FO 792 can be fulfilled by an internship, research, or an independent study approved by the graduate program director, and may be repeated for credit, with approval.
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