“Physical evidence can not be intimidated. It does not forget. It sits there and waits to be detected, preserved, evaluated, and explained.” —Herbert Leon Macdonell
You like to get facts straight — even if they present themselves wrapped around a bloodied knife or spliced between the wheels of a tire. You will do whatever it takes to learn the truth. And as a forensic science and technology major, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to identify hard evidence, interpret its significance, and apply it to criminal and civil investigations and litigations for the integrity of justice and a safe, prosperous society.
George Mason University offers 3 Forensic Science and Technology degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 84 Forensic Science and Technology students graduated with students earning 40 Master's degrees, 38 Bachelor's degrees, and 6 Certificates.
Sam Houston State University offers 2 Forensic Science and Technology degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a faraway town. In 2019, 10 Forensic Science and Technology students graduated with students earning 8 Master's degrees, and 2 Doctoral degrees.
John Jay College of Criminal Justice is one of a kind. You can join people from all over the country and world in New York City to gain an education where justice is the No. 1 priority, with programs that balance sciences, humanities, and arts with professional studies. The university’s website states:
“The College is unique in its mission, providing rigorous course work, research, internships, community service and other learning experiences to prepare students to make a difference for themselves and others and to transform ideas into social action and leadership...Now and always, we educate fierce advocates for justice.”
In the undergraduate program, in forensic science specifically, you’ll be prepared for forensic science laboratories, research positions, teaching positions or medical professions through biology, chemistry, physics, and law courses. You’ll have the opportunity to choose one of three tracks: criminalistics, molecular biology, or toxicology. No matter your track, you’ll come away with the ability to draw appropriate scientific data from evidence and experiments as well as practical skills and hands-on experience, and practice with oral and written forms of scientific communication.
If you study at George Washington University, you’ll study in one of the greatest concentrations of federal crime labs and investigatory agencies in the world. Located in the Washington, D.C. metro area, George Washington University attracts roughly 26,000 students each year. GWU is for students who are tired of looking at slides or presentations of some of America’s greatest art and architecture — students who want to work with and among some of our nation’s strongest lawmakers. This city will be your classroom, one you can’t match anywhere else.
And in the U.S. national security hub, you’ll find a forensic science department that emphasizes objective science-based study and application, cutting edge research, and practitioner-based mentorship. With your choice among a variety of master’s or certificate programs, you’ll build technical and theoretical knowledge, skills, and abilities with classical and modern forensic techniques that will position you well to compete for a job upon graduation. The program site states:
“We will accomplish this through rigorous scientific scholarship, hands-on experiences, inspiring mentorship, and a stimulating academic environment conducive to and providing for opportunities to conduct research and scholarly inquiry and otherwise to contribute to the knowledge base of forensic science and improvement of the forensic community. We will take advantage of our location in the nation’s capital, our national security hub, and forensic laboratory- and investigation-rich environment.”
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|George Mason University Fairfax, VA||27 : 1||37,863|
|Michigan State University East Lansing, MI||20 : 1||49,809|
|Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX||28 : 1||21,558|
|University of Nevada-Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV||30 : 1||31,171|
|CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice New York, NY||40 : 1||15,880|
|University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL||19 : 1||32,324|
|George Washington University Washington, DC||24 : 1||27,814|
|University of Arkansas at Little Rock Little Rock, AR||24 : 1||9,581|
|San Jose State University San Jose, CA||42 : 1||36,085|
|Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO||18 : 1||12,799|
|Madonna University Livonia, MI||33 : 1||2,992|
|Chaminade University of Honolulu Honolulu, HI||24 : 1||2,167|
|Lewis University Romeoville, IL||28 : 1||6,359|
|Anna Maria College Paxton, MA||34 : 1||1,441|
|University of New Haven West Haven, CT||25 : 1||6,793|
|Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA||23 : 1||29,757|
|University of Wisconsin-Platteville Platteville, WI||26 : 1||8,271|
|Florida International University Miami, FL||46 : 1||58,711|
|California State University-Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA||39 : 1||26,671|
|Roger Williams University Bristol, RI||23 : 1||4,838|