A criminalist with a degree based in chemistry represents one of the most sought-after backgrounds in criminalistics. Essentially, criminalists are laboratory scientists who characterize trace evidence, in this case specifically Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) , associated with a crime. Most of the country’s 40,000 police agencies require analysis by criminalists.

The curriculum at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville prepares you with hands-on experience using techniques and instruments found in today’s crime laboratory, including:

  • Chromatographic techniques used in drug and arson residue analysis.
  • Trace analysis using a variety of techniques with a large variety of sample conditions.
  • Genetic analysis using electrophoretic techniques.

Placement of UW-Platteville criminalistics graduates in crime laboratories, chemical industry, and graduate schools has been effectively 100% for the last 20 years.

Criminalistics Emphasis in Chemistry, DNA Track

DNA techniques plays an important role in forensic science. Any tissue from the body carrying the genetic code of DNA can possibly allow blood and other biological material to be associated with an individual. Coursework anchoring this degree is excellent preparation for you to pursue careers in biochemical synthesis and DNA analysis as well as progress to graduate and professional studies.

The American Academy of Crime Lab Directors requires criminalists working in DNA units hold a Bachelor of Science degree as well as specific coursework in statistics, genetics, molecular biology, and biochemistry.

View degree requirements and review the four-year plan.