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Top Schools for Forensic Science

Learn 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. View article »

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  • 0:04 School Overviews
  • 0:51 University of Mississippi
  • 1:21 University of Central Florida
  • 1:51 Loyola University
  • 2:27 Boston University
  • 3:11 Top Forensic Science Schools

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School Overviews

Forensic science programs leading to bachelor's and master's degrees can be found at several notable colleges and universities. Top schools for forensic science include the University of Mississippi, the University of Central Florida, Loyola University, and Boston 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, while Boston University's programs lead to master's degrees. These schools are distinguished by their U.S. News and World Report rankings, as well as their ability to offer unique research labs or program curriculum that has been recognized by a national forensic science academy.

University of Mississippi

Located in Oxford, the University of Mississippi's Bachelor of Science in Forensic Chemistry program is accredited by the American Academy of Forensic Science, one of only six such programs in the country. 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.

University of Central Florida

The University of Central Florida in Orlando is home to the National Center for Forensic Science, which offers unique research opportunities to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science and Master of Science in Forensic Science programs. Both programs feature tracks in forensic biochemistry and forensic analysis. There's also an online master's degree with a forensic professional concentration for students who would like to complete a capstone project in lieu of research.

Loyola University

New Orleans' Loyola University was tied for 10th place in U.S. News and World Report's 2017 list of the best regional universities in the South. Its 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. Recent graduates of this program have gone on to careers in the New Orleans Police Department Crime Lab.

Boston University

Boston University was ranked as the 39th best national university by U.S. News and World Report for 2017. It offers a Master of Science in Biomedical Forensic Sciences and a Master of Science in Forensic Anthropology. These programs' forensic science and criminal law courses are taught by professionals with current experience in their field. Students also have access to unique anatomical science and outdoor research labs as well as facilities available through the medical school. In addition to lecture coursework and hands-on training, program requirements include a research project and passing scores on a competency exam.

Top Forensic Science Schools

Let's look at some other top schools with forensic science programs.

School Name Distinction Location
California State University - Los Angeles Home to the California Forensic Science Institute Los Angeles, CA
Michigan State University Ranked 33rd among public universities by U.S. News & World Report for 2017 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 is 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

Students looking for forensic science programs can find undergraduate and graduate degrees at some of the nation's top schools, many of which offer unique concentration options, program tracks, and internship opportunities.

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