Why Study Forensic Science?
The need for Forensic Scientists is expected to grow reaching an estimated 27% by 2024 with a median pay of approximately $56K. You will also receive the necessary education to enter one of the varied private sector careers. For students considering non-law enforcement scientific careers which will interact with the legal system, should consider the Forensic Science concentration. This education path offers both the necessary scientific education and the added benefit of knowledge of courtroom procedure and evidence handling.
Why choose Purdue Northwest?
As a PNW Physical Sciences major concentrating in Forensic Science you will receive the education needed to qualify for entry into these government sector careers. The scientific education you will receive at PNW comes from the Biologists, Chemists and Physicists in our core science programs while also getting to learn from subject matter experts from different Forensic specialties. As a student at PNW you will have the chance to work with forensic scientists who are actively engaged in leading edge research on forensic education and evidence collection and testing. At PNW you will receive the education needed to qualify for entry into these government sector careers. You will also receive the necessary education to enter one of the varied private sector careers.
Professor Kathryn (Kay) Rowberg is an Associate Professor of chemistry at Purdue Northwest. She earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Pacific Lutheran University, a PhD in chemistry from University of Illinois at Chicago and a JD from Valparaiso University. She is a member of the Indiana Bar Association. At PNW she teaches General Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry and Food Science. The students in her research group have worked on diverse environmental projects: monitoring residual herbicide in caves, identifying persistent organic pollutants in sediments, quantifying microplastics in regional waterways, modelling estrogenic activity in compounds, and predicting aquatic phototoxicity in emerging pollutants using computational methods. Recently students have worked in art conservation: authenticating an indenture parchment and using agarose gels to clean and preserve cultural artifacts.
Professor Rowberg was fortunate to have spent two years as a Fulbright Fellow in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, teaching and directing research for a master’s student and one semester as a Fulbright Fellow in Iceland teaching and working on environmental chemistry curriculum.
Professor Rowberg is the coordinator for the Environmental Science concentration for the Physical Sciences major. Her door is always open to talk about environmental careers.
- Crime Scene Technician
- Forensic scientist
- Quality Assurance and Control
Direct admission to the BS in Physical Sciences- Forensic Science program requires consideration of standardized test scores and performance in mathematics additional to general University admissions requirements. Interested students who are not directly admissible to Physical Sciences may be admitted to a general admission program in which they can prepare for acceptance into the Physical Sciences program in the College of Engineering and Science.