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Forensic and Investigative Sciences Program

Science Building, LD 326
402 N. Blackford Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-3274
Phone: (317) 274-6882; fax: (317) 274-4701

  • Director: John Goodpaster, Ph.D.
  • Program Advisor: Amy Maidi

Forensic science is the application of the methods of science to matters involving the public. In many cases this means the application of science in solving crimes. Forensic science is multidisciplinary; it involves chemistry, biology, physics, math, biochemistry, engineering, computer science, psychology, medicine, law, criminal justice, etc. Forensic scientists analyze evidence and testify in court. They may be called upon to attend some crime scenes, train police investigators and attorneys, and conduct research.

In the fall of 2004, IUPUI began the first forensic science degree program in Indiana. This FEPAC accredited program was developed by faculty from the School of Law, the School of Science, and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). Completion of this program leads to the Bachelor of Science in Forensic and Investigative Sciences. All students take a core of science classes and university-required courses. Then each student chooses one concentration:

  • Forensic Biology
  • Forensic Chemistry
The baccalaureate program also includes courses in law and forensic science, laboratory courses in forensic chemistry and biology, as well as an opportunity to complete an internship or a research project with a member of the faculty. Graduates of the program will be able to seek employment in crime labs, scientific industries, environmental agencies, and federal or local law enforcement. Students are also well qualified to apply for graduate or medical school.
Admission to the Major

There are specific credit, GPA, and course requirements for admission to the FIS program. These depend upon your status. Please contact the FIS Academic Advisor for more information by e -mail forsci [at] iupui [dot] edu or phone 317-274-6882.