Undergraduate Programs in

Forensic Science

Forensic Science, housed in the Department of Chemistry, is an interdisciplinary program offering significant coursework in chemistry, biology, physics, math, law, psychology, and even photography.

Our laboratories feature state-of-the-art instrumentation – equipment universally found in modern forensic laboratories, industrial, and institutional facilities. Advanced laboratory classes are limited in size to maximize interaction with the professor and to ensure proficiency in the presented theories and techniques.

 

Why Forensic Science?

Forensic science is the application of science to investigations pertaining to the legal system. Forensic scientists apply principles and techniques of various sciences to the examination and comparison of biological evidence, trace evidence, impression evidence, drugs, and firearms. 

The profession requires critical thinking, communication skills, the application of natural and physical sciences to legal issues, and ethical responsibility. This program provides students with a strong foundation in physical and natural sciences and acquaints them with various relevant aspects of the legal system.

 

Our Programs

We offer both a major and a minor in forensic science.

About the BS in Forensic Science

Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science pursue careers such as forensic science technician, crime scene investigators, and evidence collection specialist.

This program also prepares students for medical school, dental school, graduate studies in forensic science, and chemistry.

Learn more about the minor and the courses in this program.

Student in chemistry lab

The Student Experience

Research opportunities, internships, and other types of experiential learning such as peer teaching are at the core of our tight-knit and collegial Department of Chemistry and the forensic science program.

Internships

Places where our students have interned include:

  • Applied Forensics, LLC

  • Bio-Botanica

  • Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories;

  • FBI

  • Garden State Labs

  • Medical Examiner's Office of Suffolk County

  • Rhode Island Department of Health

  • Suffolk County Crime Lab

Research Opportunities

Hofstra students have also been accepted to participate in highly competitive National Science Foundation-funded REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) programs hosted by universities worldwide.

In addition, sophomore and junior chemistry majors may apply for the Dr. Bruce and Doris Lister Endowed Fellowship in Chemistry Research, which provides a $4,000 stipend and grant to cover half of their on-campus housing costs, so they may participate in a faculty-mentored research program over the summer.

Student Organizations

CSI Hofstra is for forensic science majors and enthusiasts. Members can attend the annual meeting of the Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists. Activities include viewing documentaries, television shows, and movies that deal with forensic analysis, murder mystery dinners, and escape rooms.

Hofstra’s chapter of the American Chemical Society Student Members program (SMACS) helps students interested in chemical science fields prepare for future careers. SMACS regularly hosts guest speakers from a variety of laboratories, industries, and graduate schools. The group is also active in the community and organizes hands-on demonstrations for children from local school districts.

In the Classroom

Learn from the Experts

Our professors are working professionals who bring decades of experience in courtrooms and at crime scenes into the classroom. Among our faculty, you’ll find forensic scientists and expert analysts from the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office, and the crime labs for the New York Police Department, and the Suffolk and Nassau County Police departments. They are document examiners, ballistics and firearms experts, arson analysts, crime scene investigators, forensic pharmacologists, microscopists and trace analysts, accident scene reconstructionists, and explosive experts. 

The forensic science program also draws from the teaching talents of other programs and departments throughout the University, such as chemistry, biochemistry, biology, law, and criminology. 

Outcomes

A forensic science degree from Hofstra prepares students for a wide range of careers in the public and private sector, including law enforcement agencies, government labs, and private companies that specialize in varying types of forensic analysis. 

Among forensic science graduates from the class of 2019, one third found employment in law enforcement, another third in the analytical sciences, and remaining alumni pursued graduate studies, pharmacy school, or found work in crime labs. More on alumni outcomes

Recent alumni have reported working at:

  • Brigham and Women's Hospital

  • FBI

  • Garden State Labs

  • Good Samaritan Hospital

  • Inova Mount Vernon: Joints Rehabilitation

  • Mercy Medical Center

  • NY Police Department

  • The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

Recent alumni have reported pursuing graduate studies at:

  • Harvard Medical School

  • Johns Hopkins University

  • Rutgers University

  • Stanford University

  • University of California, Los Angeles

  • University of Virginia

  • Wesleyan University

Contact Us

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Office Information
Room 106 Berliner Hall, South Campus
Phone: 516-463-5534 
Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Department Secretary
Cathy Valarezo
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Director of Forensic Science

Deborah Silva
Assistant Professor
Phone: 516-463-7153
Room 106G Berliner Hall
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Department Chair

Dr. William Nirode
Phone: 516-463-6548
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