Department of Forensic Science

Forensic Science is the application of science to the law.

Around every crime is a story. Who was the victim? Who was the culprit? What was their connection? Forensic science is a means to unravel the story. Eyewitnesses, victims and even suspects can forget or can change their stories. The physical evidence never forgets and cannot change. It is the forensic scientist’s job to use, analyze and interpret the physical evidence. They are objective and advocates for the evidence. The criminal investigation may start at the crime scene and end in a courtroom, but an essential part of the process is the forensic laboratory.

Analyzing evidence

Forensic science is the use of the physical sciences to analyze physical evidence in criminal investigations. Forensic scientists work in local, state, and federal government and private laboratories. They testify as the expert witnesses for the state and defense in criminal trials.

News & Announcements

Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Forensic Science, Fall 2017 undergraduate tours


The Richmond office of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) is offering internship opportunities to select qualifying students this spring.  The internship will be for credit and requires registering for the FRSC 493 course.  Students wishing to apply need to first meet the prerequisite requirements of VCU's Forensic Science Department, including:

  • Be a senior (84 undergraduate credits prior to the internship semester).
  • Be enrolled in VCU and in the forensic science undergraduate program for at least one semester prior to the internship semester and throughout the internship.
  • Have completed 27 credit hours of the forensic science core curriculum, including FRSC 300.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75.
  • Work a minimum of 125 hours in the selected internship agency over one 15-week semester period.
  • Students graduating this fall are NOT eligible.
  • Additional VCU requirements for an internship can be found here.

For more information, see VCU Internship



Three Dept of Forensic Science alumni presented at IAFS in Aug 2017

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