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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 to 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, biochemistry and analytical chemistry.

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 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.

Courses

Course # | Course Title | (Title Credits Completed)

  • AFC 1001 | Academic Foundations at Centenary I (Cat. I Core) | (4)
  • BIO 1150 | General Biology I | (4)
  • MTH 2151 | Calculus I | (4)
  • MTH 1501 | Statistics I (Cat. II Core) | (4)
  • BIO 1160 | General Biology II | (4)
  • WRI 1001/2 | Composition and Rhetoric (Cat. II Core) | (4)
  • MTH 1502 | Statistics II | (4)
  • CAT III | Art and Humanities: Fine Arts | (4)
  • CHM 1100 | General Chemistry I | (4)
  • CJS 1001 | Introduction to Criminal Justice (Cat. IV Core) | (4)
  • PHY 2001 | Physics I (Cat. V Core) | (4)
  • WRI 2200 | Intensive Research Writing I | (4)
  • CJS 2025 | Criminal Investigation | (4)
  • CHM 1110 | General Chemistry II | (4)
  • CJS 2035 | Forensic Science | (4)
  • PHY 2002 | Physics II | (4)
  • WRI 2210 | Intensive Research Writing II | (4)
  • BIO 3100 | Genetics | (4)
  • CHM 2050 | Organic Chemistry I | (4)
  • CJS ____ | CJS Elective (CJS2015, CJS2030 or CJS3010) | (4)
  • CAT III | Arts and Humanities: Literature | (4)
  • BIO 3500 | Microbiology | (4)
  • CHM 2060 |Organic Chemistry II | (4)
  • CAT VI | Global Citizenship | (4)
  • CHM 4200 | Biochemistry | (4)
  • CJS 2050 | Laws of Criminal Evidence | (4)
  • CAT VI | Democratic Citizenship | (4)
  • CHM 3100 | Analytical Chemistry | (4)
  • ENV 4200 | Toxicology | (4)
  • BIO 4100 | Biology Seminar | (4)
  • BIO 4300 | Bioethics (CAT III, Rel.; Phil.; World History; LAS) | (4)
Notes:
1. To earn a Bachelor degree, all graduates must successfully complete a minimum of 120 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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