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Forensic Science


Our Palestinian State institutions and the academic infrastructure are being actively constructed as a prerequisite of Independence. Still, a fully-fledged specialty is needed to supplement and support the classical criminal investigations. Tawjihi graduates are accepted in this program

A promising interdisciplinary bachelor program of “Criminal Biology” in a qualified infra-structure environment is offered where international standards are met in addition to original particularities to meet local Palestinian circumstances and employment. Such additions also widen the scientific and practical background of the graduates from the intended BSc program. The BSc degree of Criminal Biology at AAUP provides a solid foundation, and practical skills in both Biology and Criminalistics. Criminal Biology students will have training possibilities in the available forensic activities of Police Depts.

The Arab American University is working actively on hiring more forensic specialists as well as housing state-of-the-art criminalistics and forensic facilities and laboratories for the promising “Criminal Biology” Dept. destined to strengthen justice standards in Palestine.



The main goals of the program include:

  • Demonstrate theoretical and practical competence in criminal biology discipline, and related basic and biological sciences.
  • Provide students with exceptional educational experience through a hands-on and practical methodologies in forensic sciences.
  • Prepare empowered graduates, ethical leaders, and researchers who can effectively contribute in the field of criminal justice.
  • Enable students to critically examine, and analyze criminal evidence from the scene.



At the end of the program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Critically apply theories, advanced methodologies and research procedures in the discipline of criminal biology.
  2. Describe and analyze crime scene based on appropriate laboratory analysis.
  3. Apply basic concepts in biosciences to synthesize accurate data.
  4. Analyze samples in crime scene scientifically and apply relevant scientific principles to solve problems.
  5. Evaluate the multidisciplinary nature of criminal biology life in the 21st century.
  6. Demonstrate effective collaboration as part of a forensic team to achieve justice.
  7. Perform professional, ethical and leadership responsibilities in handling evidence of criminal investigations.
  8. Use Data management and digital technology skills for the conduction of scientific research, and lifelong learning.


Careers of Graduate

Altogether, the graduates from the Criminal Biology BSc program will efficiently fill gaps in different Palestinian ministries (Health, Justice, Interior and Education), in addition to the higher education and research institutions as well as universities. Police Departments are expected to be a major employer for “Criminal Biology” practicing professional graduates. A part of the graduates from this program are also expected to work (as the other AAUP graduates) in the inside of the Green Line! Criminal Biology possesses a wide variety of growing working opportunities. Graduates of this program will have several career path options including:

  • Detective in the police force.
  • Forensic scientist.
  • Forensic Medical Examiner.
  • Forensic DNA Analyst.
  • Polygraph Examiner.
  • Forensic Documents Examiner.
  • Digital Forensics Experts
  • Forensic Computer Investigator
  • Forensic Toxicologist.
  • Forensic Engineer.


Program Curriculum