Why Forensic Science?

Employers recognize VCU’s forensic science program as a leading producer of highly skilled laboratory professionals.

With a degree in forensic science, you'll have a host of marketable technology-oriented, analytical laboratory skills that make you competitive on the national job market. You will be prepared for a versatile cross section of laboratory-based applied science careers including those in local, state and federal government laboratories, as well as those in private forensic laboratories, military/defense agencies, the intelligence community, human rights organizations, pharmaceutics and other private industries.

Learn more about the value of a forensics science degree.


More than 10,000 students will take up to 70 courses each semester in VCU’s new STEM building on Franklin Street, starting this fall. (Photo by Kevin Morley, Enterprise Marketing and Communications.)

Sept. 1, 2023

Take a video tour of VCU’s new STEM building on Franklin Street

The College of Humanities and Sciences’ building dedicated to STEM will serve more than 10,000 students in up to 70 courses each semester.

Christopher Ehrhardt

Aug. 31, 2023

Federal grant will help VCU researchers build forensics business to serve national crime labs

VCU Department of Forensic Science Professor, Dr. Christopher Ehrhardt and affiliate faculty, Martha "Kate" Philpott are awarded $270,578 from the National Science Foundation for a VCU startup that is developing technologies to improve forensic investigations.

With funding from the Justice Department, Emanuele Alves, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Forensic Science, is developing a breathalyzer that can differentiate between THC and CBD, leading to fewer false-positive results for THC. (Tom Kojcsich, Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

Aug. 25, 2023

VCU forensic science professor hopes a better THC breathalyzer will increase road safety

Emanuele Alves, Ph.D., is developing a device that could offer results within minutes and reduce false positives.

Forensic Science Spotlight


Collaboration and sharing are at the core of our mission.

Amber Mundy using a piece of lab equipment in a forensic science laboratory

Experiential Learning Student Panel

Date: Thursday, Oct 12, 2023

Learn about Independent Studies, Research Labs, Study Abroad and Service Learning opportunities in Forensic Science.