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Program Description

Some of today’s top crime fighters don’t wear a badge — they wear a lab coat.

Centenary University’s Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Forensic Science program provides real-world training in the application of science and criminal investigations. You will learn how evidence is analyzed to identify illegal activity in many situations — from personal and property crimes to crimes against the environment.

The Forensic Science curriculum closely follows our Biology program during the first two years with a strong mix of courses in the liberal arts and natural sciences. You will then move into classes that dig deep into the fields of criminal justice and forensics with topics such as criminal investigation, analytical chemistry and instrumental analysis.

A Fast-Growing Career Field

U.S. News & World Report recently named forensic science among its “Hot College Majors That Lead to Jobs.” In fact, employment of forensic science technicians is projected to grow 27 percent by 2024, much faster than the average for all careers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

You will leave Centenary prepared for positions that require a background in both theoretical and sophisticated, hands-on methods for investigating and preventing criminal activity. The program’s strong science focus will also allow you to pursue related careers in environmental testing and monitoring; chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology R&D; oil, mining and fracking industry positions; as well as consumer products and food quality jobs.

The program provides excellent credentials for entrance into health professional schools and graduate work in a variety of scientific and technological fields.

Marketable Skills

Our Forensic Science program combines traditional classroom and science laboratory lessons with hands-on learning by doing.

We place a particular emphasis on topics in analytical and bioanalytical chemistry that are critical in the modern forensic laboratory. These include explosive and arson residue analysis, identification of illicit drugs in body fluids, biochemical toxicology assays, and DNA analysis. Appropriate ethical and legal considerations are taught along with theses technologies.

Launched in 2015, our Forensic Science degree program is quickly becoming a popular major on campus. Apply now.


  • AFC 1001 Academic Foundations at Centenary I (Cat. I Core) 4
  • BIO 1150 General Biology I 4
  • MTH 1180 Algebraic Modeling 4
  • MTH 1501 Statistics I 4
  • BIO 1160 General Biology II BIO 1150 (C) 4
  • WRI 1001 Composition and Rhetoric 4
  • MTH 1600 Pre-Calculus MTH 1180 (C) 4
  • MTH 1502 Statistics II (Cat. II Core) MTH 1501 (C) 4
  • BIO 2200 Anatomy and Physiology I BIO1150, BIO1160 4
  • CHM 1100 General Chemistry I MTH 1600* 4
  • MTH 2151 Calculus I MTH 1600 (C) 4
  • CJS 1001 Introduction to Criminal Justice (Cat. IV Core) 4
  • BIO 2210 Anatomy and Physiology II BIO2100 (C) 4
  • CHM 1110 General Chemistry II CHM 1100 (C) 4
  • CJS 2035 Forensic Science Sophomore standing 4
  • CAT III Art and Humanities: Fine Arts 4
  • BIO 3500 Microbiology BIO 1160, CHM 1100 4
  • CHM 2050 Organic Chemistry I CHM 1110 (C) 4
  • PHY 2001 Physics I (Cat. V Core) MTH 2151 (C) 4
  • CAT III Arts and Humanities: Literature 4
  • BIO 3100 Genetics BIO 1160, MTH 1501 4
  • CHM 2060 Organic Chemistry II CHM 2050 (C) 4
  • CJS CJS course selection 4
    (Select one of the following: CJS2015; CJS2025; CJS2030; CJS3010)
  • PHY 2002 Physics II PHY2001 (C) 4
  • CHM 4200 Biochemistry CHM 2060 (C) 4
  • CAT III Arts and Humanities: Rel.; Phil.; World History; LAS 4
  • CAT VI Democratic Citizenship 4
  • CJS CJS course selection 4
    (Select one of the following: CJS2015; CJS2025; CJS2030; CJS3010)
  • CJS 2050 Laws of Criminal Evidence CJS 1001 4
  • CAT VI Global Citizenship 4
  • ENV 4200 Toxicology Junior/Senior standing 4
  • BIO 4100 Biology Seminar Senior standing 4


1. To earn a Bachelor degree, all graduates must successfully complete a minimum of 128 credit hours.
2. Minimum of 32 credits must be taken at Centenary University.
3. All graduates must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above.
4. All graduates must have a minimum of 2.0 GPA in their major(s).
5. Courses that are special topic listed in the title, typically ending with a 99, are repeatable. Courses are counted multiple times and do not replace grades of the previous special topic course.
6. Credits can only be shared between the core and the major or core and minor requirements. Shared credits within the core requirements is not allowed
7. *Must earn C or better

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