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Why Study Forensic Science at Madonna University?

  • The only undergraduate program in Michigan that is accredited by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC)
  • Learning is experience based with a hands-on focus in order to gain confidence with common protocols currently employed across the forensic science disciplines
  • Access to instructors that are highly experienced in the field and opportunities to engage in independent research suitable for publication in peer-reviewed journals, which will provide an advantage when seeking employment or entry into graduate or professional school

Through a focus on career preparation, the Forensic Science Program follows the mission of Madonna University by supporting a liberal arts education that instills humanistic values, intellectual inquiry, a respect for diversity, and a commitment to serving others. This mission is based on the Franciscan values of respect for the dignity of each person, peace and justice, reverence for creation, and education for truth and service. Students in the Forensic Science Program earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Forensic Science with a minor in Chemistry to fulfill the requirements of FEPAC accreditation. As the only accredited undergraduate program in the State of Michigan, Forensic Science at Madonna University meets the standards that are being demanded by employers under the Department of Justice’s newly introduced endeavor to improve forensic science nationwide through a partnership between the National Commission on Forensic Science and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The emphasis on applied learning provides a skill set that benefits both those that seek immediate employment in the field, or those that decide to pursue graduate or professional school. Forensic science coursework is presented by specialists with experience that can assist students in mastering techniques and building confidence so that they are prepared not just theoretically but also with “good lab hands” that are essential for the performance of standard operating protocols within a highly regulated environment. Because the field of forensic science contains a myriad of different sub-disciplines and specialties, coursework is focused on exploring techniques at the experiential level so that students can decide which avenue they wish to pursue when making the next step in their journey to success. By engaging in independent projects for research and development within the Madonna University Forensic Science Research Facility, students at the undergraduate level may gain a level of skill development that is most often reserved for those in graduate level programs. The ultimate goal is to prepare each student to embark on a career dedicated to serving justice and their community through the application of science in law enforcement.

Other offerings: Certificate of Completion, DNA Analysis; Certificate of Completion, Crime Scene Practice; Certificate of Achievement, Crime Laboratory Technician; Master’s Certificate in Applied Forensic Science Research

Careers Opportunities Grad School Employers of Alumni
Forensic Scientist Indiana University-Purdue University Michigan State Police
Forensic Biologist Michigan State University Oakland County Sheriff's Office
Forensic Chemist/Toxicologist Wayne State University American Systems
Forensic Anthropologist Syracuse University Houston Crime Laboratory
Latent Print Specialist University of Michigan Bode Cellmark Forensics
Ballistics Specialist University of Toledo  Florida Department of Law Enforcement 
Crime Scene Technician   MYcroarray 
Evidence Technician   Condat Corporation 
Forensic Technologist   MC3 Cardiopulmonary
Research & Development   Genesis Genetics
Forensic Pathologist    
Odontologist    
Entomologist    
Laboratory Manager    
Brandon Good

Brandon Good '06 began his career with the Michigan State Police as a Forensic Technician, but was soon promoted to a position as Forensic Scientist in the Biology Unit and has since been qualified in numerous courts as an expert in Body Fluid Identification, DNA Analysis, and Bloodstain Pattern Interpretation. In April of 2013, he was promoted to the position of Lab Manager in the Biology Unit of the Michigan State Police Northville Crime Laboratory. That same year, he also became the Subject Matter Expert in Body Fluid Identification, Forensic Biology, and Forensic DNA for Forensic Assurance, which develops and provides proficiency tests for forensic practitioners internationally. Brandon is an Associate Member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and a Regular Member of the Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists. Brandon has served on the Training and Education Committee of the Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists for two years and was awarded the New Scientist of the Year award in 2012 from the Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists.

Stephanie Gladyck

Stephanie Gladyck ’13 (Bachelor of Science) and ’15 (Master’s Certificate) completed her Master’s of Science in Forensic Science at Syracuse University (’15) and is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Molecular Genetics and Genomics at Wayne State University’s Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics. Stephanie was awarded an Earhart Scholarship while attending Madonna University and participated in Title III Faculty-Student Collaborative Research as part of her ancient DNA research focusing on the extraction, amplification, and analysis of DNA from individuals recovered from the historic Spring Street Presbyterian Church cemetery vaults in New York City. She is a Student Affiliate of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, has represented Madonna University by presenting her research at state and national conferences, and won first place in the undergraduate category at our annual Research Day. Stephanie credits the faculty of the Forensic Science Program at Madonna University for helping to develop her inner scientist.