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Because you’re fascinated by the field of forensic science we see you discovering your future at Cedar Crest College. Follow the evidence and facts: 

FACT: Cedar Crest College is one of the few higher-learning institutions in the nation that offers fully accredited forensic science programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels (as of Spring 2024), just ten other schools share this distinction).  Both the undergraduate and master’s programs in forensic science are accredited by the Forensic Science Educational Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. 

FACT: Cedar Crest is committed to educating women scientists. We are one of the few liberal arts colleges to offer programs in areas such as forensic science, chemistry, biochemistry, and genetic engineering and the only women’s college that offers degrees in all of these disciplines. (Note: Our master’s level program accepts both men and women.)  Students who major in forensic science can easily double major in biochemistry, biology, or chemistry, 

FACT: Our program has three full-time faculty members who are certified by the American Board of Criminalistics. 

The Cedar Crest advantage  

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 New York City Police Department, Pennsylvania State Police, New Jersey State Police, and the Virginia Department of Forensic Science. Other graduates have pursued careers in industries such as pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and medical research. 

Since 2020, 64% of the graduates of the undergraduate program have completed or are currently attending a master’s or doctoral level program Graduates have enrolled in graduate or professional school programs at institutions such as Boston University, Iowa State University, Marshall University, Stony Brook University, and Texas Tech University. In addition, several graduates have stayed at Cedar Crest to earn their Master of Science degree in forensic science. 

Since the inception of the Master of Science program in 2007, over 95% 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. 

Fully Accredited by 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 100 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 a former 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 2017, our students and faculty have given more than 100 presentations at regional and national conferences. 

State-of-the-art facilities 

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 and Raman microscopy, 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. 

Program students will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of topics, techniques, and concepts related to criminalistics,
  2. Demonstrate the ability to perform qualitative and quantitative critical analysis in conjunction with the development and completion of a scientific research project,
  3. Demonstrate the ability to use and conceptually understand instrumentation typically used in forensic analysis,
  4. Demonstrate the ability to access and understand primary scientific literature from the forensic sciences and other sciences,
  5. Demonstrate effective writing and speaking skills to communicate scientific concepts and findings to faculty and students,
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of the forensic scientist in the criminal justice system,
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of professional codes of ethics and how they can be used to resolve ethical dilemmas common to forensic science practice,
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of the application of the scientific method to the management and reconstruction of a crime scene.

Number of Full-Time Students in Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science Program
as of June 2024 (sophomore-senior)         37

Number of Graduates by Year

2018                                                                                                    6
2019                                                                                                    4
2020                                                                                                    5
2021                                                                                                    8
2022                                                                                                    5
2023                                                                                                    8
2024                                                                                                    6

Number of Graduates Who Attended or are Attending
Graduate/Professional School                                     26

Master’s Degree                                                                          19
Number Graduated                                                                     7
Still Attending                                                                            12

Ph.D.                                                                                              5
Still Attending                                                                              4
Graduated                                                                                     0

M.D.                                                                                               1
Graduated                                                                                     1

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate                                                 1
Completed Certificate                                                                1

Employment Data (Number of Graduates Employed in Different Areas)

Forensic Science Capacity or Laboratory                                                              7
Crime Scene Technician/Investigation                                                                 3
Analytical Laboratory/Quality Assurance Testing (Non-Forensic)                8
Full-Time Student                                                                                                   13
Medical Research                                                                                                      1
Medical Technology                                                                                                  1
Management (Pharmaceutical/Chemical/Scientific Corporation)                 3
Physician                                                                                                                      1
College Instructor                                                                                                       1
Not Employed/Unknown                                                                                         4

Year Student Internship Site
  Morgan Maddock New Jersey State Police, Office of Forensic Sciences,  Central Regional Laboratory, Serology Laboratory
  Jade Sodon Ocean County (NJ) Sheriff’s Forensic Science Laboratory
  Emma Bailey Ocean County (NJ) Sheriff’s Forensic Science Laboratory
  Amanda Kemmerer Defense Forensic Science Center, Fort Gillem, GA
  Alexandra Kuchinos Union County (NJ) Prosecutor’s Forensic Laboratory
  Nyla Ngegba Prince George’s County (MD) Police Department, DNA Laboratory
  Alexandra Arabio Iowa State University, Center for Statistics and Application in Forensic Evidence
  Briana Gregory DNA Labs International
  Zee Marrero Union County (NJ) Prosecutor’s Office Forensic Laboratory
  Alexandra Roy Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, State of Maryland
  Megan Dunkle Toxicology Department of the Medical Examiner’s Office in Philadelphia, PA
  Ashley Large Denver Police Crime Laboratory
  Casey Rech Toxicology Department of the Medical Examiner’s Office in Philadelphia, PA
  Graham Redman New Jersey State Police,  Office of Forensic Services,  Central Regional Laboratory, Trace Evidence Unit
  Krystal Sears Union County (NJ) Prosecutor’s Office Forensic Laboratory
  Alison Edwards Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory, Dover Air Force Base
  Victoriya Georgieva Forensic Pathology Associates, Allentown PA
  Alexis Kline Toxicology Department of the Medical Examiner’s Office in Philadelphia, PA
  Ashley Large Colorado Bureau of Investigation
  Alexandra Panitz Union County (NJ) Prosecutor’s Forensic Laboratory
  MacKayla Reed Toxicology Department of the Medical Examiner’s Office in Philadelphia, PA
Year Student Name Senior Year Manuscript Title
  Emily Dianese The Evaluation of Spatter and Transfer Bloodstains and the Effects of Force on Clothing Textiles
  Gabrielle DiPaola Analysis of Organic Gunshot Residue in Biological Samples
  Stacey Garrison Numerical Identification of Colors on the Michel-Levy Chart Through the Digital Recoding of Colors Under Crossed-Polars
  Taylor Marshall Measuring the Impact Angle of Bullets Using “HemoSpat”
  Victoria Ngo Differentiation of Fibers Using Polarized Light Microscopy and the Digital Recording of Color
  Kristin Payes Probing the Use of Fluorescence Spectroscopy to Distinguish Biological Stains
  Rachel Barrett Observation of the Entomological Timeline of the Deceased
  Morgan Maddock Detection of Organic Gunshot Residue in Biological Fluids
  Jade A. Sodon Angle of Impact Determination of Bullet Holes
  Shannon M. Wolak Determination of DNA Transfer after Osculation
  Amanda Kemmerer The Development and Analysis of an Enzymatic Based Test for Levamisole in Cocaine Samples
  Caitlyn A. Kresge Analysis of Cortisol Levels in Saliva vs. Fingernails
  Alexandra T. Kuchinos Determination of Enantiomeric Forms of Methamphetamine Using Raman Microspectroscopy
  Nyla Ngegba The Effect of Essential Oils on the Identification of Oral Microbiota
  Alexandra Arabio Handwriting Analysis Through Point Decomposition and Rainbow Triangulation
  Khara E. Ekes A Better Understanding of the Duquenois-Levine Test and Its Applications
  Leannan Feldman Differentiating Between Sharp and Blunt Force Trauma Through the Analysis of Human Head Hair
  Kimberly Hane Use of the Methylation Status of the MyoD Family Inhibitor (MDF1) for Bodily Fluid Identification
  Madison E. McGowan Analysis of the Modified Griess Tess & Gunshot Residue Distribution on Different Fabric Types
  Juliet Pearsall Investigation of the Products of the Reaction of 4-Aminophenol with Cannabinoids
  Casey E. Snook Lifting and Enhancement of Bloody Footwear Impressions on Carpet and Furniture Fabric
  Vanessa R. Smith Development of a High-Performance TLC (HP-TLC) Method for the Analysis of Organic Gunshot Residue
  Brianna M.  Gregory Optimization of Fellatio Sample Analysis
  Zee Marrero Determining the Accuracy of “True-to-Eye” Presumptive Drug Test Results in Various Lighting Scenarios
  Jade E. Marshall The Accuracy and Reliability of HemoSpat to Calculate Impact Angles at Varying Distance for Bullet Holes
  Alexandra J. Ray Analysis of Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitragynine within Different Forms of Mitagryna speciosa (Kratom)
  Audra Bratis Identifying oral streptococcal DNA in a multiplex qPCR assay to differentiate expirated and impact blood spatter
  Haylie Browning Comparison of Human Perception versus DE for the Marquis Presumptive Test Producing a Yellow Product
  Megan Dunkle Saliva Stain Identification Using Protein Precipitation and Attenuated Total Reflectance Fourier Transform Infrared Microspectroscopy
  Nancy Lay Crime Scene Saliva: Distinguishing Human versus Canine Contributors
  Morgan Love  An Objective Method to Differentiate Spatter from Impact and Drip Mechanism on a Vertical Surface
  Brianna Jenkins A Protocol for Analyzing Bloodstained Clothing Compromised by Fire
  A. Zoe Monogan Analysis of Kratom using High Performance Thin Layer Chromatography Coupled with Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy
  Abigail Thompson A Fluorescent Enhancement Method for Footwear Impressions in Ice Melt Products
  Casey Rech Comparison of Nile Red and Diamond Nucleic Acid Dye Fluorescence of Touch DNA on Porous and Non-Porous Surfaces
  Natalie M. Reyes Detection of Benzodiazepines and Metabolites Using Flow-Injection Style Chemiluminescence
  Autumn Reynolds Determine the Fluid Dynamic Properties of the Interaction of Blood on Surfaces of Different Roughness Values at Varying Angles of Impact
  Krystal Sears Optimization in the Identification of Inorganic Ions Found in Home-Made Explosives Using Microcrystalline Tests and Raman Microspectroscopy

Number of Graduates Who Responded                                     18

Number of Graduates Who Did Not Respond                          18

Exit Questionnaire Summary Data (2018-2023)

Dive A Little Deeper

Course Requirements for the Forensic Science Major

CHE 111 Chemical Principles 4 credits
CHE 112 Chemical Equilibrium and Analysis 4 credits
CHE 205 Organic Chemistry I 4 credits
CHE 206 Organic Chemistry II 4 credits
CHE 230 Analytical Chemistry 4 credits
FSC 101 Survey of Forensic Science 3 credits
FSC 241 Crime Scene Pattern Analysis 3 credits
CHE 300 Technical Information 3 credits*
FSC/CHE 302 Instrumental Analysis 4 credits
CHE 307 Biochemistry I 4 credits
CHE 314 Toxicology 2 credits
FSC 321 Forensic Chemistry 2 credits
CHE 335 Physical Chemistry I 3 credits
FSC 347 Trace Evidence and Microscopy 3 credits
FSC 348 Forensic Molecular Biology 3 credits
FSC 349 Professional Issues in Forensic Science 3 credits
CHE 352 Chemistry Seminar 1 credit
FSC/CHE 391 Research 4 credits (2 semesters)**
BIO 123 Foundations in Biology 4 credits
BIO 124 Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology 4 credits
BIO 231 Genetics 4 credits
BIO 248 Biostatistics 3 credits
BIO 335 Molecular Genetics I 4 credits
MAT 141 Calculus I 3 credits
MAT 142 Calculus II 3 credits
PHY 104 College Physics I 4 credits
PHY 105 College Physics II 4 credits

*Students who double-major in biology may substitute BIO 350 (Junior Colloquium).

**Students may substitute 4 credits of BIO 353 (2 semesters). 


Students majoring in forensic science are encouraged to double-major in either biochemistry, biology, or chemistry.  Students electing to double-major in one of these disciplines must take the following courses:


CHE 308 Biochemistry II 4 credits
CHE 331 Inorganic Chemistry 3 credits


BIO 239 Animal Ecology, Development, and Evolution 4 credits
BIO 358 Science, Ethics, and Society 3 credits


CHE 331 Inorganic Chemistry 4 credits
CHE 336 Physical Chemistry II 3 credits

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Forensic Science Mission Statement

The mission of the forensic science program 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.

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FEPAC Accreditation

The undergraduate bachelor’s degree program and the Master of Science in Forensic Science program are fully accredited by the Forensic Science Educational Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

Advisory Committee

The Forensic Science programs have assembled a group of distinguished forensic science professionals who periodically provide comments about the program and suggestions for program improvement. The Advisory Committee is comprised of:

  • Laura Tramontin, Chair, Deputy Director, New Jersey State Police, Office of Forensic Sciences, Hamilton, N.J.
  • Pasquale Buffolino, Ph.D., Director, Nassau County Office of the Medical Examiner Department of Forensic Genetics, East Meadow, N.Y.
  • Deborah Calhoun, Laboratory Director, Office of Forensic Services, Pennsylvania State Police
  • Lisa Mundy, Toxicology Supervisor, Philadelphia Chief Medical Examiner’s Office, Philadelphia, P.A.
  • Peter Pizzola, Ph.D., Director (retired), New York City Police Department Crime Laboratory, Jamaica, N.Y.
  • Ted Schwartz, Instructor, University of New Haven,
  • Ken Williams, J.D., Assistant Chief Forensic Scientist, New Jersey State Police Office of Forensic Sciences, Hamilton, N.J.
  • Matt Wood, Ph.D., Director, Ocean County (NJ) Sheriff’s Forensic Science Laboratory, Toms River, N.J.

Faculty & Staff

Who’s teaching you is as important as the curriculum you choose.
Let’s put a face to some of the names you’ll be seeing on the course listings!

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Andra Lewis  

Assistant Professor
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Renee Romig

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