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Kerriann Marden

Assistant Professor
Health Science
(508) 849-3365

Forensic Science | BS

Program Overview

Forensic science combines natural science and criminal justice.  Successful practitioners must have substantial technical expertise and knowledge, critical analytic and thinking abilities, superior communications skills, and an awareness of the scientist’s ethical responsibilities in the legal process.

Anna Maria offers a Forensic Science Criminalistics track.  The Forensic Science, Criminalistics track provides students with the basic and advanced sciences necessary to investigate, gather data, evidence, and begin processing a crime scene both at a beginner and advanced level.  Graduates will have the basic skills required to serve as Crime Scene Technicians and Crime Scene Investigators.  They work alongside their crime lab colleagues providing the foundation and starting point for investigations.  They follow protocols for gathering evidence, taking pictures, recording measurements, and securing further investigative areas, including hair, blood, other bodily fluids; tool and tire marks; bullet flight path trajectory; and textile fibers from clothing and other materials.

The forensic science program at Anna Maria College will expose students to a wide variety of disciplines and skills, providing them with a solid foundation to launch a career in forensic science.  Students of the program will also engage in highly sought-after internships.   Law School is also an option for the Anna Maria Forensic Science program students.

Graduates will find career opportunities at the entry-level, as either sworn or non-sworn personnel, in law enforcement agencies, Crime Scene Units, Bureau of Criminal Identification-Evidence Recovery Units, or in Crime Laboratories.  Positions also exist in the private sector, including but not limited to law offices and insurance companies.

This program will also prepare graduates to enter advanced study and continue pursuing their studies in graduate Forensic Science programs.  The program provides a balanced combination of law and science, with a rigorous course of study in numerous scientific disciplines.  Graduates of this program may also consider employment in public and private settings, including law firms and insurance companies.

Students in the Forensic Science program will receive instruction from professional crime scene investigators and accomplished academics experienced in the field of forensics.

Students in the Forensic Science program will receive instruction from professional crime scene investigators and accomplished academics experienced in the field of forensics.

Curriculum Highlights

Course Of Study

Career Opportunity


  • Clinical social worker
  • Police detective
  • Lawyer
  • Forensic psychologist
  • Criminal profiler

Program Learning Outcomes

The forensic science program mission at Anna Maria is to foster professional and principled graduates whose proficiency in problem solving, legal analysis and function, quantitative reasoning, investigation and scientific laboratory procedures, and skills, that can be applied to immediate employment after graduation or advanced study.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Outcome 1  Demonstrate familiarity with a broad range of forensic science fields, techniques, and concepts
Outcome 2 Demonstrate scientific thought and techniques, and perform scientific analysis pertinent to the forensic sciences
Outcome 3 Identify and utilize correct investigative techniques during criminal investigations, including the proper use of equipment in the criminal investigation process.


College competency is expressed or measured in one or more of the college learning outcomes. Instructors will teach directly to each college competency. Continued assessment will be demonstrated through lab activities and graded assignments. Competencies to be measured include but not limited to the below listed competencies.

  • Apply scientific methods to analyze and compare physical evidence to determine its properties and possible origin.

Meet Our Faculty

Joan-Beth Gow, Ph.D.

Health Science
(508) 849-3383

Kerriann Marden

Assistant Professor
Health Science
(508) 849-3365