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​Forensic Science

Prepare for a career in solving crimes through science.

Student dusts for finger prints on the side of an SUV

Your studies will span the fields of anthropology, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, earth sciences, physics, psychology, and sociology. You’ll benefit from diverse coursework, real-world field experiences, and extensive lab resources.

Interesting Fact:  The Forensic and National Security Sciences Institute at Syracuse is unique in its explicit linking of forensic science and national security in education, research, and outreach.

About the College of Arts and Sciences

The founding college of Syracuse University remains at the center of undergraduate learning. The College is divided into the natural sciences and mathematics, the humanities, and the social sciences, with the lattermost offered in partnership with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.


Core coursework covers biology, chemistry, and anthropology. Sample courses include:

  • Genetics
  • Criminology
  • Forensic Toxicology
  • Firearms & Impressions Evidence
  • Forensic Chemical Analysis
  • Bioarchaeology

View official B.A. requirements.

View official B.S. requirements.

Practical Experience

Extensive biological field and extracurricular opportunities will enable you to earn hands-on experience in the industry.

  • Gain research experience by working in the labs of biology faculty.
  • Participate in undergraduate research conferences.
  • Get involved with TriBeta, the undergraduate student-run life sciences interest group.

Study Abroad

Broaden your perspective and enhance your resume with a study abroad experience during your college years. Consistently ranked among the top 25 international education providers in the U.S., Syracuse Abroad has more than 100 programs in 60 countries.

Forensic science majors most often go abroad to centers in Florence, London , and Strasbourg. Students have also gone abroad to World Partner programs at Kansai Gaidai University (Osaka, Japan) and University College Dublin.

Life After Syracuse University

With a degree in forensic science, you may explore careers such as:

  • Biological scientist
  • Material scientist
  • Clinical laboratory technologist
  • Detective
  • Forensic scientist
  • Law enforcement officer
  • Court psychologist

Or pursue a graduate degree in such fields as medicine, chemistry, public health, or public administration. Recent graduates of the program have attended some of the top graduate schools in the U.S.