Forensic Science

Combined Major in Forensic Science

Forensic Science is a major that prepares you to utilize scientific methods to solve criminal justice-related cases. 

What is Forensic Science?

Major in a multidisciplinary degree that connects two disciplines across the college: criminology & criminal justice and chemistry & biochemistry. Merrimack College’s forensic science major will teach you how to survey evidence in a criminal justice setting by using your scientific knowledge and you’ll take part in internships that will introduce you to real-life applications of class concepts.  

Join a major with fellow passionate students and dedicated faculty to earn a degree that connects two sectors of justice and science to provide you with a strong foundation post graduation. Connect the dots between criminology and science, preparing you for a career in crime scene investigations, DNA analysis, evidence technician, laboratory technician, law enforcement and toxicology. 

What You’ll Learn

As a forensic science major, you will:

  • Discover how to solve real-world problems such as solving crimes and learning the motive behind them. 
  • Help create a better, safer world while showing compassion and understanding to those in need.  
  • Experience a career where every day is different from the next.

Career Options

What can you do with a forensic science degree? This degree will prepare you work in the fields of social work, criminal investigations, law enforcement, probation or loss prevention.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of forensic science technicians is projected to grow 13 percent from 2022 to 2032, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Potential career paths for forensic science majors upon graduation include:

  • Forensic Scientist
  • Probation Officer
  • Criminologist
  • Criminal Lawyer
  • Forensic Psychologist
  • Private Investigator
  • Detective

Combined Major Benefits

Dedicated Advising

You can expect to work with a dedicated advisor for both your academic and career needs throughout your college experience at Merrimack.

Combined Skills

By pursuing a combined major, students will have the opportunity to build multiple skill sets across a range of in-demand disciplines throughout their experience.

Affinity Group Status

Combined major students are given affinity group status, so you get access to specific resources across campus.

Guaranteed Internships

The O’Brien Center for Career Development and your career advisor will work to place you in a guaranteed internship, typically during junior year.

Courses You’ll Take

Graphic Design Major Curriculum

Graphic Design Major Requirements

General Education Requirements

In addition to the major requirements below, you will also need to complete Merrimack’s general education requirements.

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Sample Curriculum Guide

Wondering when you’ll take certain courses? Use the Curriculum Guide—a sample four-year schedule—to get a sense of what your path to graduation looks like.

More Information

Nancy Wynn
Associate Professor and Chair
Visual and Performing Arts
Graphic Design Program Director
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