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Explore the options that could be open to you after earning your B.S. Forensic Science degree from Eastern Kentucky University!

 

As a graduate of our program, you will have the knowledge, leadership and communication skills, and the professional connections you need to succeed in today’s highly competitive job market or to continue your studies.

With a degree in forensic science from our program, you may:

  • Work as a forensic scientist in a federal, state, or local laboratory
  • Work in the private sector as a scientist in a laboratory in pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, environmental, medical research or other science-related industries
  • Continue your studies in a graduate program in chemistry, biology or forensic science

Program Performance

A graph depicting number of graduates by academic year at EKU.

Graduation Rates: Number of students that have graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science.

A graph depicting retention rates by academic year at EKU.

Retention Rates: Number of students retained at EKU after enrolling in Fall of their first year.

A graph depicting completion rates by academic year at EKU.

Completion Rates: Number students that enrolled at EKU and graduated.

Research and Internships

Number of Students Enrolled in Research Projects and Internships

Academic Year Independent Studies Internships
AY23 4 9
AY22 4 11
AY21 5 8
AY20 4 5
AY19 4 1

Research Projects and Internship Locations

List of Research Projects Internship Locations
Method Optimization for 2D and 3D Impression Evidence Analysis in the FOR 412 Trace Evidence Lab American Ordnance
Molecular Beacons Food and Drug Administration/ Forensic Chemistry Center (FDA/FCC)
Bloodstained Organic matter Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office and Regional Forensic Laboratory
Lysis Buffer Comparison The Federal Bureau of Investigation
Bloodstained organic matter Hamilton County Coroner’s office in Blue Ash, OH
Application of SEM-EDS to Trace Evidence The Federal Bureau of Investigation – Louisville Field Office
Internal Standard Calibration for the Determination of Blood Alcohol Level using Head-Space GC-FID KSP Central Lab In Frankfort KY
Development of a Procedure Portfolio for the Head-Space GC-FID used for Blood Alcohol Determinations Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office/ Regional Crime Lab
Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office/ Regional Crime Lab KSP Central
Touch DNA – plastic University of Kentucky
Touch DNA – glass Environment and Energy Cabinet of Kentucky Organic Branch
DNA from Assault Hamilton County Coroner’s Office and Crime Laboratory
Touch DNA Columbus police homicide
The shape of arson: correlating collection efficiency of ignitable liquid residues with features of absorbent materials Hamilton County Coroner’s Office and Crime Lab
An Educational Study to Re-design Trace Evidence Labs into a Relay Style Format to Promote Collaborative Efforts among Forensic Science Students US Customs and Border Protection
Spectroscopic and Chromatographic Studies on Some Regioisomeric Aromatase Inhibitors Energy and Environment Cabinet – Inorganic Branch
Opioid Epidemic in Ohio and the Midwest: Literature Review Covington Police Crime Lab
DNA from Assault Sherwin Williams
DNA from Assault Center for Forensic Science Research and Education
Touch DNA Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
Peeling Off the Proof: Using Peel-Away Polymer Technology in the Collection of Ignitable Liquids During Arson Investigations NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology
Implementation of Relay Style Trace Evidence Labs Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department CSI Lab
Literature review on the recent analytical methods used for analyzing Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) Marathon Petroleum (Catlettsburg Refinery) – Refining Analytical and Development Department
Forensic Entomology Indiana State Police Laboratory
DNA from Assault Imperial Valley Sheriffs Department/ scientific investigation unit (SIU)
Architectural Paint Evidence  
Extracting Ignitable Liquids From Porous Surfaces  
Development and Validation of a Sensitive Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) Method for the Determination of Letrozole  
DNA from Soil  
DNA from Assault  
Touch DNA  
Extension of the Johnstone’s Triangle for a Trace Evidence Application  
Architectural Paint Evidence  
The New Ingredient to Arson Investigation, Gelatin  
Differentiation of Regioisomeric Precursors of the Designer Drugs 25I-NBOMe and Methoxyphenyl Piperazines using Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) and Gas  
Development and Validation of a Quick and Sensitive LC/MS Method for the Determination of Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators (SERMs) used for Doping in Sports  
Validation of a Sensitive and Economic HPLC Method for the Determination of some Hormone Metabolic Modulators used for Doping in Sports  
Development of a GC-MS Method for the Determination of Blood Alcohol Level (BAC)  
Development and Validation of a Sensitive and Economic HPLC Method for the Determination of some Hormone Metabolic Modulators used for Doping in Sports  
Device Development  
Device Development  
Touch DNA  

Alumni Data

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Employment AY22: Percentage of graduates that found full time employment within 12 months (n=51)

A pie chart depicting the field that graduates found employment.

Work AY22 – The field that graduates found employment (n=49)

A pie chart depicting the field of forensic science graduates have found employment

Forensic Positions AY22: The field of forensic science graduates have found employment (n=28)

Alumni Success Stories

 

Having been established since 1974, we have an extensive alumni network. For a historical record, visit our Historical Listings page. Below are the first destinations for our most recent graduates from the EKU Forensic Science Program.

A student intern collects and analyzes local gasoline samples.

Name: Ruth Speidel
Company: Indianapolis Marion County Forensic Services Agency
Location: Indianapolis, IN

I was asked to collect and analyze local gasoline samples from Indianapolis to continue the Crime Lab’s ignitable liquid database. Through this internship, I was exposed to various methods and principles used in fire debris analysis and became familiar with the operation and theory of the GCMS.

I was able to use the knowledge I have learned in the classroom and apply it to a real-world lab setting. I was also able to make connections with professionals in my intended fields, this internship helped me feel more confident in my career choice.

Student interns and court officials pose for a photo in a courtroom.

Name: Jacob Jones
Company: The Center for Forensic Science Research and Education
Location: Willow Grove, PA

We were trained to use and maintenance instruments that are used in the field of Forensic Biology, including thermocyclers, DNA Quantitation instrumentation and Capillary Electrophoresis instrumentation. We also got the opportunity to experience expert testimony.

The internship has benefited me by showing me the step-by-step processes used in the field of forensic biology.

Current Employment of EKU Graduates

Internship or Paid Position  Location
Battelle Richmond, KY
EKU, MS Chemistry Richmond, KY
EKU, MS Chemistry Richmond, KY
EKU, MS Chemistry Richmond, KY
Federal Bureau of Investigation Quantico, VA
Georgia Bureau of Investigation Decatur, GA
Haartz Corporation
Acton, MA
Illinois State Police Joliet, IL
Kentucky State Police, Central Laboratory Frankfort, KY
Kentucky State Police, Central Laboratory Frankfort, KY
Kentucky State Police, Central Laboratory Frankfort, KY
Kentucky State Police, Central Laboratory Frankfort, KY
Kentucky State Police, Central Laboratory Frankfort, KY
Kentucky State Police, Central Laboratory Frankfort, KY
Kentucky State Police, Central Laboratory Frankfort, KY
Kentucky State Police, Northern Laboratory Cold Springs, KY
Kentucky State Police, Southeastern Laboratory London, KY
Louisville, Medical Examiner’s Office Louisville, KY
Madison County Coroner’s Office Edwardsville, IL
Study Abroad Italy

You may also wish to review our most recent Forensic Science Alumni Survey (updated annually)

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Phone: 859-622-1456
Email: forensics@eku.edu

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