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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

Forensic Science student looks for mock evidence.

What is Forensic Science?

Forensic science is the application of science to the law. It relies on the physical and behavioral sciences for investigating and solving crimes and examining physical trace evidence.

This program gives students a comprehensive foundation in the natural and physical sciences, criminology and professional ethics. Students also engage in forensic science research and internship opportunities that further prepare them to be highly proficient forensic science practitioners upon graduation.

Forensic science is an exciting field and one of the country’s fastest growing job markets.

Degree Plans

Degrees in the School of Science, Engineering and Technology (described on this page):

Degree in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences:

Forensic Science Classes

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

Course highlights include:

  • Toxicology
  • Forensic Science Quality Assurance
  • Introduction to Probability and Statistics
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Business and Professional Communication

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


Our students have gained internships in places such as:

  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • Office of the Attorney General of Texas
  • San Antonio Police Department
  • Texas Department of Human Services
  • Texas Youth Commission
  • National Park Service
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation

Forensic Science Career Opportunities

Our graduates have gained career opportunities as:

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


St. Mary’s features a variety of clubs, events and activities to enrich students’ experiences. The city of San Antonio features a variety of attractions, from museums to theme parks like Six Flags Fiesta Texas and historical attractions like the Alamo. Students can also participate in special programs through St. Mary’s, such as:

Learn more about the Forensic Science Programs at St. Mary’s

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