The Forensic Science program produces highly skilled individuals ready to enter a professional career. Upon completion of the BS program, students have the knowledge and experience to begin work in a forensic laboratory. Students of forensic science may opt to enter the fields of forensic science, biology, chemistry, or pharmaceuticals. They will also have the knowledge needed for admission into medical or dental schools, or to continue onto graduate studies in forensic science, biology or chemistry.
Forensic Science is the field in which science is used to address matters of the law. Pace University offers both a BS in Forensic Science degree and an MS in Forensic Science degree on our New York City campus.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
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.