Top Schools for Forensic Science

Read about forensic science programs, through which students learn how to analyze physical evidence from crime scenes and conduct research. Find information about the degree options at four top universities, as well as a list of other schools that offer instruction in forensic science.

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School Overviews

Top schools for forensic science include the University of Mississippi, University of Central Florida and Loyola University. Both the University of Central Florida and Loyola University offer relevant undergraduate and graduate programs; the program at the University of Mississippi leads to a bachelor's degree.

1. University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS

School Highlight: The University of Mississippi's forensic chemistry program is accredited by the American Academy of Forensic Science, one of only six such programs in the country.

The University of Mississippi is a public research institution that offers a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Chemistry. Available through the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, the program teaches students how to use chemistry and investigative principles to analyze substances in crime scenes. In addition to course and lab work, students complete an internship.

2. University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL

School Highlight: This public institution was ranked third among up-and-coming schools in 2015 by U.S. News & World Report.

The university's College of Science offers a 124-credit hour Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science as well as an M.S. in Forensic Science. Both programs feature tracks in forensic biochemistry and forensic analysis.

3. Loyola University in New Orleans, LA

School Highlight: Recent forensic science graduates have fostered careers in the New Orleans Police Department Crime Lab.

The College of Humanities and Natural Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Chemistry program that includes an internship or research course. Students also choose an area of concentration, such as human mind and behavior, instrumental analysis and biochemistry and genetics.

Top Forensic Science Schools

School Name Distinction Location
Boston University Offers an M.S. in Biomedical Forensic Sciences and an M.S. in Forensic Anthropology Boston, MA
California State University - Los Angeles Home to the California Forensic Science Institute Los Angeles, CA
Michigan State University Ranked 35th among public universities by U.S. News & World Report for 2015 East Lansing, MI
Texas A&M University Undergraduate forensic and investigative sciences program offers emphases in pre-law and science College Station, TX
University of Illinois at Chicago Forensic science master's degree program offered through the College of Pharmacy Chicago, IL
Youngstown State University Department of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences offers forensic science bachelor's degree programs that include an internship requirement Youngstown, OH
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