About Our Program

VCU Forensic Science – An Overview:

In 2001, the Forensic Science Program officially became a department at Virginia Commonwealth University, housed in the College of Humanities & Science. The Department is currently 1 of only 8 universities in the nation that holds a double accreditation in Forensic Science education—one for the undergraduate curriculum and the other for a Master’s Degree. VCU’s undergraduate program in Forensic Science has been accredited by FEPAC (Forensic Science Educational Programs Accreditation Commission) since 2005, and boasts between 300 and 350 undergraduate majors among the Forensic Biology, Forensic Chemistry, and Physical Evidence concentrations.

The Master of Science in Forensic Science at VCU has been granting degrees since 1978. On average, the graduate program currently enrolls approximately 45 students in the Forensic Biology, Forensic Chemistry/Drugs & Toxicology, Forensic Chemistry/Trace Analysis, and Forensic Physical Analysis tracks. The Department works closely with the Virginia Department of Forensic Science Central Laboratory to educate and train students and professionals and perform research.

The Department’s faculty and staff are committed to cutting edge, hands-on education and are leaders in relevant, scientifically rigorous research. Over the past year, over 50 students, alumni, and faculty presented their research at regional, national, and international conferences. The undergraduate and graduate programs in the Department of Forensic Science at VCU are unique programs that recognize that a solid science background, followed by strengthening of that earned knowledge through hands-on experience, are the keys to a successful forensic science career.


Advising at VCU – An Overview:

  • Advising at VCU is mandatory for all first year students.  This experience is housed in University Academic Advising.
  • After year 1, students are advised by their individual departments or programs.
  • Students with specific needs (such as pre-health, or those who need a little more time to decide) continue to be advised by University Academic Advising as well.

In our department, we provide Departmental Academic Advising for our undergraduate Forensic Science majors from year one to graduation.

In the Department of Forensic Science, your Academic Adviser is Lyndsay Durham.  To schedule an appointment, email 4n6advise@vcu.edu.

You also have a Faculty Mentor that is assigned based on your area of interest, career goals, and post-graduation plans.  To find out who your Department of Forensic Science Faculty Mentor is, visit this page.

Come see us!

We’re physically located in Harris Hall South where the pedestrian bridge crosses Main Street.  Confused?  You’re not alone.  Hopefully this will help: