Gannon University Announces New Forensic Science Degree
Posted: August 10, 2015
Turn on your television these days and you're likely to
encounter a forensic scientist. It's become a glamour occupation
for which the demand is exploding, and Gannon University has
responded by adding a new Bachelor of Science degree program in
forensic science to begin in fall 2016.
Forensic science is any science used for the purpose of the law,
in public, in a court, or in the justice system.
The new program in the University's Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences utilizes Gannon University's existing
curricular strengths and faculty expertise in criminal justice,
biology and chemistry to offer a comprehensive training in the
Gannon's new Forensic Investigation Center, the only facility of
its kind for evidence collection in the country, along with the
recently renovated infrastructure and equipment upgrades in the
Zurn Science Center bring unique resources to the new program.
Among them is a new piece of analytical technology. The MiSeq FGx Forensic Genomics System is the first
fully validated forensic next-generation sequencing system, which
can perform simultaneous analysis of a broader range of genetic
markers in a single workflow at a level unprecedented to what
previous technology has allowed, supporting the reliable analysis
of both routine and challenging forensic DNA samples.
"To our knowledge, Gannon University is one of only four
universities to have this equipment, and certainly the only one in
the region," said Steven Mauro, dean of the Morosky College of
Health Professions and Sciences. "Our hope is to obtain the
accreditation needed to perform analyses for law enforcement
agencies, many of whom have a great backlog of evidence awaiting
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more
than 10,000 entry-level jobs in forensic science with an average
salary of $52,840 and a projected rate of growth of 6 percent over
next decade. Additional opportunities exist for students moving on
to graduate programs in medical disciplines (forensic medicine,
dentistry or nursing), or the law.
"Our goal is to build majors in the sciences here at Gannon by
offering a program that continues in the long legacy of producing
critically thinking experts who are able to enter the workforce in
their field of study," Mauro said.