By employing principals of biology, chemistry, and physics to answer questions in the courtroom, forensic scientists play a pivotal role in today’s criminal justice system. In order to accommodate students who are already employed, most of the courses will be offered in the late afternoon and evening hours. The Forensic Science program at Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences produces highly skilled individuals ready to enter a professional career.
This program provides you with the required course work to be employed in a forensic laboratory. An integral part of the program includes a placement in a forensic laboratory where you will acquire important hands-on experience.
Our facilities are fully equipped for forensic chemistry and biology, and include a state-of-the-art DNA sequencing lab and specialized laboratories for crime scene reconstruction, forensic microscopy, questioned documents, and virtual crime scene reconstruction. Learn more about our equipment and instruments.
Students with a BS in biology, chemistry, physics, or in other scientific disciplines may enter the master’s degree program, but may be required to complete some of the undergraduate science and forensic science prerequisite courses.
The faculty is comprised of top-notch professionals in criminalistics, forensic chemistry, and forensic biology. What makes our program truly unique is that our faculty members maintain full-time affiliations with the major forensic laboratories of local and federal law enforcement agencies. These professional affiliations enable the latest advances in forensic science to be brought into the classroom and enable students to access internships at major laboratories. Our forensic science program is also supported by the Chemistry and Biology departments, two strong departments whose faculty members combine exceptional teaching skills with pioneering published research.
Our program offers students the opportunity to participate in internships with investigative teams in New York City at major-area crime labs, and upon completing program requirements, students will be able to begin actively working in a forensic laboratory or consider applying for admission into medical or dental schools or advanced graduate studies in forensic science, biology, or chemistry.
Home to numerous forensic laboratories, New York City alone offers many career opportunities at facilities such as:
- The Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Northeast Regional Laboratory, which employs forensic chemists specializing in the identification of drugs;
- The New York City Police Department (NYPD) forensic laboratory, which employs criminalists for drug identification, fingerprints, arson, and trace evidence; and
- The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME), which is the largest DNA lab in the country and employs criminalists in its toxicology laboratory and forensic biology laboratory.
Our alumni also work at governmental forensic laboratories in other jurisdictions, private forensic laboratories and major pharmaceutical companies.