Science for Forensics (A.S.)

Forensic scientists are involved in all aspects of criminal cases, and the results of their work may serve either the defense or the prosecution. The forensic scientist’s goal is the evenhanded use of all available information to determine the facts and, subsequently, the truth.

By employing principles of biology, chemistry and physics to answer questions in the courtroom,
forensic scientists play a pivotal role in today’s criminal justice system. They analyze evidence and provide expert opinions. A forensic scientist may consult with a medical expert about the finding of an investigation.


Employment of forensic science technicians is projected to grow 27 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. There are job opportunities in federal, state and local government, medical and diagnostics laboratories, consulting firms and more.Forensic scientists also play a role in civil justice, such as product liability cases, compliance to environmental laws and validation of signatures on a will.

Transfer Options

This joint degree program allows students to first complete the A.S. degree in Science for Forensics at BMCC and then transfer to the B.S. degree program in Forensic Science at John Jay College. Students who successfully complete the A.S. degree do not have to apply for transfer admission as they are conditionally admitted to John Jay when they enroll in the program at BMCC. Additionally, BMCC has articulation agreements with Mercy College to allow you to seamlessly continue your biology education there.

If you have questions about the Science for Forensics program, contact Professor Shanti Rywkin, at or Ext. 1323.

Academic Program Maps

Required Common Core

Flexible Core3

Curriculum Requirements

Biology I
Biology II
College Chemistry I
College Chemistry II
University Physics I
University Physics II
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General Elective 5
Total Curriculum Requirements
Total Program Requirements

1. Students are required to take MAT 206 or MAT 301. Students who are strong in math can take the MAT 206 test and if they pass it, they can go directly into MAT 301.

2. Students are required to take CHE 230.

3. No more than two courses in any discipline or interdisciplinary field can be used to satisfy Flexible Core requirements.

4. Students are required to take CHE 240 and CHE 205.

5. These electives can be granted by taking STEM variants in the Common Core.

Science Department

199 Chambers St, Room S-699
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 220-1305

Hours of Operation:
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