B.S. in Forensic Science
Forensic science is the exciting field where science and technology meet the law. As a forensic scientist you will bring the most advanced scientific tools to bear on the most pressing problems, including solving crimes and saving lives. The challenge of forensic science is to look back in time to determine the who, what, when, where and why of disputed events. In your search for clues that dispel mysteries and serve justice, you will investigate everything from DNA, blood and other body fluids to textiles, footwear, footprints, tire tracks, documents and signatures, flammables, pollutants and much more.
LIU Post’s 129-credit Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science degree will prepare you for a rewarding career in the laboratory departments of police departments, medical examiners’ offices, toxicology and pathology. The program integrates lecture courses with laboratory work and hands-on field experiences. Students study a broad range of forensic applications such as molecular pathology, criminalistics, human genetics and forensic anthropology. Classes are taught by practicing forensic scientists, medical professionals and LIU Post professors of biomedical sciences, chemistry, criminal justice and forensic science. In addition, students serve as interns at highly-productive Long Island and Manhattan crime laboratories, health departments and medical examiners’ offices.
The Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science degree is offered jointly through the Department of Biomedical Sciences in the School of Health Professions and Nursing and the Department of Chemistry in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Forensic Science Laboratory
Our Forensic Laboratory offers the aspiring forensic science student a unique opportunity not afforded by other colleges to gain a real world hands on practical forensic experience. Learn More.
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A good internship can be an important first step toward building a network of industry contacts, and can lead to landing that all-important first job in forensic science. A 10-week full-time internship in a crime laboratory will provide priceless on-the-job experience working with forensic science professionals.
Internships will be arranged with area forensic science internship affiliates including placement in forensic, law and drug enforcement laboratories and related agencies.
In addition, students will be encouraged to join professional societies such as the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) and American College of Forensic Examiners Institute as student members. *Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.33 (C+) in the major courses.
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Find Out How Good You Really Are
Jack Lopez, Forensic Major, Class of 2012
"As a kid, I was fascinated with puzzles and science. LIU Post had just what I was looking for - a bachelor's degree program in Forensic Science. This summer I am interning at the Nassau County Medical Examiner's Office, assisting forensic biologists."