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Science for Forensics

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.

What Forensic Scientists Do
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.

Job Outlook
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 opportunties 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.

Continue Your Studies at John Jay
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.

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

Common Core

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Flexible Core 3

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General Elective 5 
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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.

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