FRSC - Forensic Science

Alfred State courses are grouped into the following sections:

  • This is an introductory expository course designed for Forensic Science Technology majors to complete during their first semester of enrollment in the program. It is the first in a two-semester required sequence (along with FRSC 2001) for Forensic Science Technology majors. Students are introduced to the requirements and expectations for success within the Forensic Science Technology program as well as various technical disciplines and skills commonly brought to bear during a criminal investigation. .

  • Forensic Science 2001 is the continuation of a required two-semester sequence for Forensic Science Technology majors. It is an introductory expository course designed for Forensic Science Technology majors to complete during their second semester of enrollment in the program. Students are introduced to further technical disciplines and skills commonly brought to bear during a criminal investigation as well as current topics relevant to the field of Forensic Science.

  • Topics in Forensic Science I is a one-credit course designed for Forensic Science Technology majors to be completed during their third semester of study in the academic program. This is the first in a two-semester required sequence of courses (along with FRSC 4001) for Forensic Science Technology majors. The focus of this course is to expand on topics covered during other curriculum coursework and to discuss the relevance of this coursework to forensic science.

  • Topics in Forensic Science II is a one-credit course designed for Forensic Science Technology majors to be completed during their fourth semester of study in the academic program. This is the second in a two-semester required sequence of courses (along with FRSC 3001) for Forensic Science Technology majors. The focus of this course is to expand on topics discussed during other curriculum coursework including organic and inorganic chemistry, microbiology, genetics, mathematics, and physics.

  • This course is an exploration of the basic theory and practice of trace and transfer physical evidence analysis. Specific topical focus includes: crime scene investigation; evidence collection and handling; microscopic techniques; recovery and analysis of fingerprint evidence; recovery and analysis of hair, fiber, paint, soil, and glass evidence; firearms examinations; recovery and analysis of gunshot residue; recovery and analysis of impression and toolmark evidence; and recovery and analysis of questioned document evidence.

    Lab Fee - $13

  • This course is a continuation of FRSC 7104 (Criminalistics I). The students' repertoire of forensic techniques is extended into the general areas of chemical and biological evidence as well as the introduction of special topics in forensic science.

  • This course is intended for students typically in their eighth and final semester of the four-year forensic science technology curriculum and is to be taken concurrently with FRSC 8113. The course is designed to prepare the student to enter the workforce and/or continue their education at the graduate level. Students will complete a capstone project requiring the analysis of physical evidence in a simulated casework setting.

  • This course is intended for students typically in their eighth and final semester of the four-year forensic science technology curriculum and is to be taken concurrently with FRSC 8111. The course is designed to prepare the student to enter the workforce and/or continue their education at the graduate level.

  • This course is intended for students in the final year of the four-year Forensic Science Technology curriculum. Students are required to complete an approved research project in an area of special interest in Forensic Science Technology. The student will submit a plan for research acceptable to the Forensic Science Technology program director and to the department chair after learning basic research methodology. The instructor and student will confer regularly regarding the progress of study and research.

  • This course is intended for students in their final year of the four-year Forensic Science Technology curriculum. Students are required to complete a supervised internship at an approved off-campus site. Students will work under the supervision of a qualified Forensic Science Administrator, Forensic Scientist, or other qualified personnel to whom they are assigned. Students will also receive college faculty consultation. The internship is designed to enable students to obtain actual work experience in theoretical and application-based procedures previously studied.

  • This course is designed to allow students to pursue advanced work in an area of special interest or obtain extended internship opportunities in Forensic Science Technology. A student may contract for one to six credit hours of independent study through an arrangement with an instructor who agrees to direct such a study. The student will submit a plan acceptable to the instructor, to the Forensic Science Technology Program director, and to the department chair. The instructor and student will confer regularly regarding the progress of the study.