B.S. Forensic Science

As the only forensic science undergraduate program in New Jersey, NJIT’s Forensic Science B.S. program provides theoretical foundation in the natural sciences and mathematics, as well as hands-on training in field methods, analytical skills and laboratory procedures currently used by forensic scientists in crime and investigative laboratories at the state and federal level.

Summary

Designed for accreditation by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC), the Forensic Science B.S. program aims to provide students with strong foundational knowledge in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics, as well as mastery of forensic field practices and laboratory procedures. Students will also gain concentrated expertise through one of the program’s two options: forensic biochemistry or forensic chemistry. Ultimately, students of the program will exhibit and/or engage in:

  • Professional, Ethical and Legal Conduct: Students will conduct ethical research, as well as learn legal procedures and strong courtroom communication skills required by forensic science professionals.
  • Forensic Research and Field Experience: Students will participate in a forensic science capstone experience (professional internship, cutting-edge forensic science research or professional workshops) to gain working knowledge of all aspects of the forensic science field and establish a professional network before graduation.
  • Academic Excellence: Students will excel in the program’s “Forensic Science Core” curriculum, designed to equip students with a background in core forensic science concepts, evidence collection, technical analysis, data interpretation and professional regulatory practices.

While students in the Forensic Science B.S. program will learn and apply their knowledge in diverse areas of the chemical and biological sciences, we specifically aim for our students to meet the following learning outcomes:

  • In-depth theoretical knowledge in forensic science practices, such as trace evidence analysis, DNA identification, forensic microscopy, chain of custody procedures, and expert witness courtroom testimony.
  • Application of theoretical knowledge through the program’s “Forensic Science Capstone” experience, including a co-op position in a forensic science laboratory, series of professional workshops, or extensive forensic science research.
  • Mastery of core concepts taught in the “Forensic Science Core” curriculum, including Forensic Science, Crime Scene Investigation, Law and Evidence, Physical Methods of Forensic Analysis, Forensic Chemistry, and Forensic Microscopy.
  • Completion of advanced coursework in analytical chemistry, as well as concentrated courses in one of the program’s two options: a forensic biochemistry option or forensic chemistry option.
  • Ability to learn and stay current with forensic field methods and evidence collection, as well as technical analysis, data interpretation, and professional regulatory practices.
  • Ability to effectively collect, process and document evidence, as well as communicate results and provide expert courtroom testimony.
  • Mastery of foundational biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics coursework needed to pursue graduate degrees in STEM, medicine, dentistry or law, as well as careers in fields such as environmental and pharmaceutical industries, biotechnology, chemistry, homeland security, and regulatory agencies.

Core Faculty

Jonathan Smitherson

Belfield, Kevin D.

Dean

Belfield, Kevin D.
Dean, Dean-Coll Sci Libr Arts
Official
504 Cullimore Hall
Jonathan Smitherson

Zhang, Yuanwei

Assistant Professor

Zhang, Yuanwei
Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Environmental Science
Not Provided
Official
Jonathan Smitherson

Farinas, Edgardo T.

Associate Professor

Farinas, Edgardo T.
Associate Professor, Chemistry and Environmental Science
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151A tiernan
Jonathan Smitherson

Kim, Yong I.

Assistant Professor

Kim, Yong I.
Assistant Professor, chemistry and environmental
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370 tiernan
Jonathan Smitherson

Lefkovitz, Alison L.

Assistant Professor of History and Director of LTC

Lefkovitz, Alison L.
Assistant Professor of History and Director of LTC, History
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327 Cullimore

Advisement

Jonathan Smitherson

Belfield, Kevin D.

Dean

Belfield, Kevin D.
Dean, Dean-Coll Sci Libr Arts
Official
504 Cullimore Hall