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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

BS BIOLOGY: CONCENTRATION IN FORENSIC SCIENCE

UNIVERSITY CORE REQUIREMENTS (40 CR)

CATEGORY I: CENTENARY UNIVERSITY FIRST-YEAR EXPERIENCE SEMINARS

AFC1001 ACAD. FOUND. CENT. I 4CR

CATEGORY II: WRITING (minimum of C-) AND MATHEMATICS

WRI1001 COMP & RHETORIC I –or-
WRI1002 COMP & RHETORIC II 4CR
*MTH1600 PRE-CALCULUS 4CR

CATEGORY III: ARTS, HUMANITIES & LITERATURE

ARTS 4CR

BIO4300 BIOETHICS 4CR

LITERATURE 4CR

CATEGORY IV: SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES

CJS1001 INTRO TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE 4CR

CATEGORY V: LABORATORY SCIENCE

*PHY2001 PHYSICS I 4CR

CATEGORY VI: GLOBAL AND DEMOCRATIC CITIZENSHIP 8CR

BIOLOGY MAJOR (48 CR)
*BIO1150 GENERAL BIOLOGY I 4CR
BIO1160 GENERAL BIOLOGY II 4CR
*BIO2100 ANATOMY&PHYSIOLOGY I 4CR
BIO2210 ANATOMY&PHYSIOLOGY II 4CR
BIO3100 GENETICS 4CR
BIO3500 MICROBIOLOGY 4CR
BIO4100 BIOLOGY SEMINAR 4CR
BIO4300 BIOETHICS (CAT. III CORE)

RELATED MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
*CHM1100 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I 4CR
*CHM1110 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II 4CR
*CHM2050 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I 4CR
*CHM2060 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II 4CR
CHM3100 ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY 4CR
CHM4200 BIOCHEMISTRY 4CR
OR CHM3100 ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY
ENV4200 TOXICOLOGY 4CR
*MTH1501 STATISTICS I 4CR
MTH 1502 STATISTICS II 4CR
*MTH2151 CALCULUS I 4CR
PHY2002 PHYSICS II 4CR
WRI2200 INT. RESEARCH WRITING I 2CR
WRI2210 INT. RESEARCH WRITING II 2CR

FORENSIC SCIENCE CONCENTRATION (16CR)

CJS 2035 FORENSIC SCIENCE 4CR
CJS 2050 LAWS OF CRIMINAL EVID. 4CR
CHOOSE ANY TWO OF THE FOLLOWING
CJS 2015 CRIME SCENE PHOTOGR. 4CR
or CJS 2025 CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION 4CR
or CJS 2030 FIRE&ARSON INVESTIG.
or CJS 3010 DEATH INVESTIGATION

TOTAL NUMBER OF CREDITS: 128

Notes:
1. To earn a Bachelor degree, all graduates must successfully complete a minimum of 120 credit hours.
2. Minimum of 30 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

Financial Aid

Being able to pay for attending college is no easy task. Located in the Seay Building, the Office of Financial Aid offers assistance to you and your parents to ensure that you have the financial resources to focus on your education.