Every crime scene and every scenario is different.
With your forensic science degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, you'll have the technical know-how, the hands-on experience and the intellectual flexibility to adapt to virtually any criminal investigation—and apply your science knowledge and your skills to interpret the evidence and arrive at sound conclusions.
Depending on the option you choose, you might find yourself:
- Identifying insect developmental stages to determine time of death
- Reconstructing a shooting incident
- Processing a homicide scene
- Establishing identity through DNA profiles
- Identifying the age and sex of a victim by studying skeletal remains
- Choosing from among dozens of organic samples from a scene—and deciding which ones you are going to analyze or send for analysis
- Preparing and delivering testimony during a trial
All faculty in the program continue to conduct research in their specific fields—and many maintain close ties to law enforcement and investigative agencies on a consulting basis. That means they stay current on the latest fieldwork, discoveries and advancements—and you will, too.
Better yet, smaller class sizes in the program give you the opportunity to establish closer relationships with these forensic science professionals. These aren't simply teachers. They are mentors and leaders—devoted to helping you join them one day as professional colleagues.