The Department of Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science
The major in forensic science is designed to provide academic and professional training for students seeking to work in forensic science laboratories as either researchers or administrators, or who are planning to pursue careers as research scientists, teachers or medical professionals. The major draws primarily from chemistry (organic, analytical and physical) with courses in biology, physics and law. An internship is required. Students may specialize in one of three tracks: criminalistics, molecular biology, or toxicology. (Prerequisites & Requirements, Admissions Information.)

Advisor: Sandra Swenson, 212.237.8820

Master of Science in Forensic Science
The program in forensic science is designed to provide advanced education for scientists, administrators, directors and other professionals currently employed in crime laboratories, medical examiners’ offices and in such related areas as public safety, arson investigation and environmental protection. The program also prepares people who are interested in entering such careers. Drawing from the areas of chemistry biology, physics and the law, the program involves the mastery of techniques for the laboratory and the courts. The master’s program offers specializations in criminalistics or forensic toxicology. A thesis is required. (Admissions Requirements, Degree Requirements, Admissions Information)

Program Director: Mechthild Prinz, 212.621.3751,

Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice
The forensic science concentration is a special subprogram of the Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York at John Jay College. The subprogram draws upon a broad range of resources both at John Jay and the Graduate Center. This program allows students interested in forensic science to take courses in criminalistics, spectroscopy, toxicology, serology, and genetic-marker identification. (The Forensic Science Concentration)

Director: Thomas Kubic, 212.237.8891