MS in Biomedical Forensic Sciences

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A FEPAC accredited graduate program, the Biomedical Forensic Sciences Program (BMFS) trains aspiring forensic scientists in a variety of disciplines applicable to both crime scene investigation and evidence analysis, skills crucial to today’s comprehensive forensic investigations.

The Biomedical Forensic Scienceprogram’s mission is to teach and model scientific rigor with high professional and academic standards in the various disciplines of the forensic sciences generating confident, competent and ethical future practitioners.

Unique Location and Networking Opportunities

This program is one of the only forensic science programs in the country based at a major medical center, providing students and faculty access to extensive resources and facilities. It is one of only a few forensic sciences graduate programs in New England, providing a distinct opportunity for individuals to pursue graduate level education in forensic science in Boston: a city that is home to more than sixty universities and several of the world’s top-ranked medical centers.

The campus contains state of the art lecture halls, seminar rooms, sophisticated computerized teaching labs and Boston’s largest biomedical research park. In addition, the campus is close in proximity to the Office of Chief Medical Examiner for Massachusetts and the Boston Police Department Crime Laboratory.

Emphasis on Biomedical Science

Professionals trained in the basics of forensic science with a strong biomedical background  provide crucial expertise to forensic investigations and recently the demand for these professionals has increased. The Biomedical Forensic Sciences program curriculum provides a broad-based learning experience in multiple forensic science disciplines emphasizing topics such as:

  • Human biological evidence
  • Toxicology
  • Pathology
  • DNA analysis
  • Death investigation
  • Bloodstain pattern analysis

Graduates are prepared to pursue a variety of career options in crime laboratories, medical examiner offices, law enforcement agencies and hospital or biotechnology laboratories.

Instrumentation and Resources

The Biomedical Forensic Sciences program is proud to possess an array of state-of-the-art equipment housed within its Chemistry, Biology, DNA and Microscopy laboratories. The application of innovative methodologies within the field of forensic science has made it imperative for graduates entering the field and those currently working within the field to be proficient in these techniques. All students obtain instrumentation and analytical experience through required laboratory courses and independent research.

Student Research

All students complete a program of independent research culminating in a written thesis of publishable quality.  Data collection and analysis take place in the BMFS laboratories, other departments at BU or at internship sites such as crime laboratories or forensically relevant industries.

Travel grants for students presenting at conferences are available through the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences and the Biomedical Forensic Sciences Program.

Internship and Career Opportunities

Internships in forensic settings are strongly encouraged and depending on hours completed and nature of work may be approved for academic credit. The professional environment supplements classroom learning, introduces students to new skills and provides experience beneficial to future career planning.

Graduates of the MS in Biomedical Forensic Sciences program pursue careers as forensic scientists and toxicologists, DNA analysts, drug chemists, death investigators, trace evidence examiners, serologists, firearms examiners, fingerprint examiners, death investigators and crime scene responders at the local, state and federal levels. Based on data from 2017 and 2018 graduates, 62% had attained employment in a forensic lab or law enforcement, 28% reported jobs in a biomedical or forensic-related scientific field and 10% had enrolled in an advanced degree program or were otherwise employed.

News

Congratulations Courtney McGowan, winner of the 2019 AAFS June K. Jones Scholarship Award in Toxicology!

At the 44th annual Fall meeting of the Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists in Bolton Landing NY, Andrew Ziegler was awarded with the George W. Neighbor, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

We are so proud of alumna Michelle Gordon (’17) for winning the 19th annual Forensic Sciences Foundation Emerging Forensic Scientist Award at the AAFS 2019 meeting in Baltimore based on her research in the BMFS program, “Maximizing the Amount of DNA Recovered: A Study of Mawi DNA Technologies’ iSWAB-ID Collection Device for Forensic Science Application”

In February 2019 Dr. Robin Cotton and Prof. Sabra Botch-Jones were appointed by Gov. Charlie Baker to the Forensic Science Oversight Board for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts