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John Jay College

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899 Tenth Avenue
New York, NY 10019

A senior college of The City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice is the preeminent national and international leader in educating for justice. Set in the heart of New York City, the Upper West Side of Manhattan, with the Hudson River greenway to the West, Central Park to the east, Lincoln Center to the north, and the Chelsea Piers to the south.

In the mid 1950s, civic leaders and the New York City Police Department became increasingly aware of the growing complexity of police work. In response to these concerns, a Police Science Program was established in 1954 at the then Baruch School of Business and Public Administration of City College.  By 1964, a special committee convened by the Board of Higher Education recommended the establishment of an independent degree granting school of police science. The College of Police Science of The City University of New York (CUNY) was thus established and in September 1965 it admitted its first class of students. The college was renamed John Jay College of Criminal Justice, in honor of the first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

John Jay offers students a liberal arts and criminal justice curriculum that balances the sciences, humanities and the arts with professional studies. Offering both undergraduate and graduate degrees, the College is unique in its mission, preparing students to build and sustain just societies by using their talents to make a difference for themselves and others.

The chemistry faculty consists of six members in a variety of subdisciplines including organic, inorganic, analytical and physical chemistry. The department consists of seven faculty of varying subdisciplines including analytical, physical, and polymer chemistry. The faculty are involved in engaging research involving forensic analysis and the ability to analyze physical evidence is increasingly important in the criminal justice system. At John Jay College, scientists are leading the field of forensics, specializing in areas such as criminalistics, spectroscopy, toxicology, serology, and genetic-marker identification.

For more information, see the John Jay College Department of Forensic, Chemical and Biological Science website. A list of Chemistry doctoral faculty at John Jay College College is available here.