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  • In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ACT or SAT test is optional for prospective students applying for Fall 2020 to join the St. Mary’s University freshmen class of 2024.

Forensic Science at St. Mary’s

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What is Criminology?

Criminology is the study of the causes, nature and prevention of criminal behavior. Those seeking a career in criminal justice often begin their studies with a degree in criminology, later followed by a law degree.

The forensic science – criminology degree emphasizes the integration of academic preparation and real world problem solving with a focus on ethical and professional commitment.

Solving crime requires knowledge of biological, physiological, social and individual factors. St. Mary’s program integrates biological science, social science and professional preparation so students are uniquely prepared for this cutting edge career path.

Degree Plans

Degree in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (described on this page):

Degrees in the School of Science, Engineering and Technology:

Forensic Science Courses

Forensic Science – Criminology majors take a variety of courses ranging from science to justice to social science.

Course highlights include:

  • Forensic Science Microscopy
  • Forensic Science Pharmacology
  • Introduction to Probability and Statistics
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Civic Engagement and Social Action

See the catalog for a complete listing of courses and their descriptions:


Our students have gained internships in places such as:

  • Office of the Attorney General of Texas
  • San Antonio Police Department
  • Texas Department of Human Services
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
  • National Park Service
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Fire Marshall
  • Emergency Management

Careers in Forensic Science

Our graduates have gained career opportunities as:

  • Police officer
  • Corrections officer
  • Forensic science technician
  • Loss prevention specialist
  • Criminal profiler
  • Jury consultant
  • Expert witness
  • Private investigator
  • Insurance fraud investigator
  • Security specialist


Students can enjoy a wide variety of clubs, activities and events on campus. Many students also enjoy exploring San Antonio, which has a rich culture and features many museums and historical attractions. Students may also choose to participate in special programs, including:

Learn more about the Forensic Science – Criminology Program

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