Cedar Crest College is one of the top colleges for the study of forensic science—and offers one of the few fully accredited programs in the nation.
Are you fascinated by the field of forensic science? Review the evidence below, and you’ll find it pointing you toward Cedar Crest College. Here are a few of the facts about our forensic science programs:
FACT: Cedar Crest College is one of the few higher-learning institutions in the nation that offers fully accredited forensic science studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. (As of summer 2011, just three other schools share this distinction.)
FACT: Cedar Crest is committed to educating women scientists. We are one of the few liberal arts colleges to offer degrees in forensic science, chemistry, and biochemistry and the only women’s college that offers degrees in these fields. (Note: Our master’s level program accepts both men and women.)
FACT: Our department has more full-time faculty members who are certified by the American Board of Criminalistics than any other institution in the nation.
Studying forensic science at Cedar Crest will prepare you for a wide variety of career paths, such as crime scene investigation, drug chemistry, forensic DNA analysis, toxicology and trace evidence examination.
Recent Cedar Crest graduates have found employment in both public and private sector laboratories, including the Office of Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York and the United States Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory. Other graduates have pursued careers in industries such as pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and medical research.
Since 2007, 80% of the graduates of the undergraduate program have attended graduate school.* If you earned your bachelor’s degree here at Cedar Crest and meet the eligibility requirements, you can enroll immediately in our Master of Science in Forensic Science program and earn an advanced degree. The program is fully accredited by the Forensic Science Educational Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
Since the inception of the Master of Science program in 2007, over 90% of the program graduates are employed in a forensic science or in an allied scientific or criminal investigative capacity.*
The forensic science program at Cedar Crest will expose you to a wide variety of disciplines and skills, providing you with a strong foundation from which to launch a career in forensic science. Here, you will interact with forensic science professionals, participate in research using state-of-the-art technology and techniques, and engage in highly sought-after internships.
The Cedar Crest College Advantage
Fully Accredited by the FEPAC
Our forensic science program has earned the highest accreditation possible for undergraduate and graduate studies: Both programs are fully accredited by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Our undergraduate program is one of the oldest accredited forensic science programs in the nation.
Nationally recognized professors
Our faculty members have more than 50 years of professional forensic science experience, and they routinely publish in peer-reviewed publications and present original research at forensic science conferences. Also, our program director, Lawrence Quarino, Ph.D., is the current chair of FEPAC.
A unique curriculum
Our programs will take you from the crime scene to the courtroom. Here, you will receive instruction in subjects as diverse as DNA analysis, toxicology, trace evidence examination, and how to testify as an expert witness. This generalist approach will prepare you to compete for a wide array of careers.
Extensive Research Opportunities
Our students have won numerous research competitions and grants, as well as scholarships from professional organizations. Since 2009, our students and faculty have given approximately 50 presentations at regional and national conferences.
Here, you will be trained on the leading-edge tools and technology currently utilized by forensic science professionals in the workplace. For example, we’re one of the few undergraduate programs in the nation to provide access to Mass Spectrometry (Tandem) technology, which is used for determining masses of particles and their composition. (See Facilities for a list of technology available on campus.)
A focus on leadership
Students present at major forensic science conferences, serve in a leadership capacity in the Forensic Science Student Organization (FSSO), and host the College’s annual forensic science symposium, which takes place every spring.
Impressive internships and career placement
Our students have interned in forensic science labs across the nation and around the globe. They have frequently been commended for their knowledge, skill, and work ethic. Also, almost every student who has graduated from our master’s degree program has found immediate employment after graduation.
The mission of the forensic science programs at Cedar Crest is to provide students wishing to enter a career in the forensic sciences with a solid foundation in the natural sciences, to emphasize the importance of critical thinking skills in approaching forensic science problems, and to educate students in a broad range of forensic analytical techniques from a generalist perspective.