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.


Ana Edwards, an assistant professor of African American studies at VCU, has been interviewing members of the Family Representative Council, including Joe Jones and others who have been connected with the work going back to 1994. (Contributed photo)

April 2, 2024

VCU students, faculty document oral history of the East Marshall Street Well Project

The Health Humanities Lab, a research lab at VCU’s Humanities Research Center, is conducting the project in collaboration with the Family Representative Council.

Jaelyn Jenifer said that when she transferred to VCU, “I wanted to put myself in a position to be challenged.” (Kevin Morley, Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

March 7, 2024

How I found my research: Jaelyn Jenifer hopes to be a ‘guardian of public health’

Undergraduate student researcher and aspiring forensic toxicologist studies medications used in the treatment of HIV infections.

Students in Dr. Christopher Ehrhardt’s lab will work over the next six months to analyze changes in the cellular autofluorescence that occur in animal fluids over time. Eventually, the research will be used to help investigators working on cases involving animal cruelty.

Jan. 31, 2024

VCU forensic science professor receives ASPCA grant to support animal cruelty investigations

Christopher Ehrhardt’s lab is developing a test that could determine when animal DNA was left at a crime scene.

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