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List of the Best Schools for Bachelor's Degrees in Forensics

Get information on the best schools for studying forensic science at the undergraduate level. Ranking and other institutional details are outlined below, along with degrees offered and unique opportunities within each program so that you can compare schools and make an informed decision.

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Bachelor's degree programs in forensic science are available at several top ranked institutions in the United States. Explore a handful of these top schools and learn what sets them apart from the others.

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Find out about three universities where you can earn a bachelor's degree in forensic science. The first university is among the top-ranked schools in the nation and you'll offers opportunities for internships and other practical explorations in the field. The second university is devoted specifically to the study of criminal justice fields, and you can choose an area of specialization within the forensic science program. The third university offers several different kinds of degrees in the field. Learn more about these top schools that are known for their program variety within the forensic science field and their U.S. News and World Report rankings.

Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA

School Highlight: In 2017, U.S. News and World Report ranked Penn State tied for 14th among the country's top public schools.

Penn State is a large public university commonly referred to as a 'public ivy' due to its consistently high national rankings. The university's Eberly College of Science offers a bachelor's degree program in forensic science that pairs students with talented faculty as well as government officials for internships, special lectures, and particular trainings. Students start by gaining a strong foundation in biology and chemistry during their first two years before moving on to study forensic biology and the role of forensic sciences in the legal system.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, NY

School Highlight: This school is the United States' only 4-year liberal arts institution with a focus on criminal justice.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice is located in midtown Manhattan. The college's Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science program prepares students to work in forensic laboratories, education, and criminal medicine. The major combines aspects of chemistry, biology, physics and law. Forensic science majors may choose among three specializations: criminalistics, molecular biology, or toxicology. Comprised of 23 separate institutions, the City University of New York (CUNY) - of which John Jay College of Criminal Justice is a part - is the country's largest urban university. John Jay College is ranked #34 in U.S. News and World Report's list of top public schools.

Baylor University in Waco, TX

School Highlight: Students interested in a forensic science career can pursue a forensic science minor, which can pair with bachelor's degree programs in anthropology, biology, chemistry, and psychology.

Baylor University's Anthropology Department offers students a forensic science minor, which requires 18 semester hours and covers topics like crime scene investigation and medicolegal death investigation. The minor is ideal for an undergraduate with a hard science background interested in pursuing a career in forensic science.

Top Forensics Programs

The following top institutions also offer a bachelor's degree program in the field and have distinguishing characteristics.

  • Loyola University in Chicago, IL, is home of the Quinlan Life Sciences Education and Research Center.
  • Marygrove College located in Detroit, MI, offers a limited number of credits to be granted by exam.
  • Ohio Northern University in Ada houses facilities that include lab classrooms, research labs, a cadaver dissection lab, and a field site also known as a 'body farm.'
  • Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA, offers accelerated B.S. in Forensic Science/MBA program that can be completed in five years.
  • The University of Central Florida in Orlando has a forensic science program - offered through the school's Chemistry Department - that offers two tracks: analysis and biochemistry.
  • The University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond offers a B.S. in Forensic Science that requires a double major or previous bachelor's degree.
  • The University of Maryland-University College in Adelphi, MD, offers a BS in Investigative Forensics degree program online.
  • The University of Mississippi in University has the forensic chemistry program that is one of six accredited by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission.
  • The University of Nebraska in Lincoln offers a B.S. in Forensic Science with forensic biochemistry and crime scene investigation tracks.

Forensic science bachelor's degree programs are available at several top institutions, including Pennsylvania State University. These top programs are distinguished by their unique degrees, facilities and more.

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