Forensic Science Technology

BS Degree - Code #2023

Dr. Jerry Fong, Program Coordinator

Email address: FongJD@alfredstate.edu

The forensic science technology program is a technically rigorous four-year degree culminating in a Bachelor of Science degree in forensic science. Students in this on-campus program will have the choice of focusing on biological applications within forensics, e.g., DNA fingerprinting, genetic analysis, and microbiology or can specialize in the chemical practicalities, notably: physicochemical analysis and identification of drugs, fibers, soils, glass, and other types of physical evidence.

Majors will also have the opportunity to broaden and deepen their training by selecting from a list of approved technical electives as well as open electives.

All majors in the program will be required to take a core course load that includes extensive preparation in physics, mathematics, biology, and chemistry, as well as more advanced training in organic chemistry, biochemistry, instrumental methods, criminalistics, law, criminal justice, technical writing, and a senior internship and/or independent research experience.

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Apply the scientific principles of chemistry, biology, and physics to specific applications in forensic science.

Explain and show competency in basic chemical and biological lab procedures, including the identification of and the synthesis of various compounds and the forensic analysis of DNA.

Demonstrate an understanding of the capabilities, use, potential, and limitations of various laboratory instrumental techniques widely utilized in forensic science.

Recognize and use appropriate professional and ethical behavior as defined by the forensic science community.

Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific principles of crime scene investigation and reconstruction, including evidence collection, preservation, and documentation.

Summarize the criminal justice system and explain the role of the forensic scientist and physical evidence within the criminal justice system.

Evaluate scientific literature to distinguish fact from opinion, develop informed and reasonable conclusions, apply knowledge and understanding to problems, develop rational and reasonable interpretations, suspend beliefs and remain open to new information and methods, and assimilate information learned into knowledge base.

Use technological resources effectively and appropriately to communicate, collaborate, and retrieve information; determine when technology is useful and select the appropriate tool(s) and technology resources to address a variety of tasks and problems.

Apply written communication skills to the construction documents of record that are well organized and contain appropriate format, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and spelling in accordance with established professional guidelines.

Apply oral communication skills to the explanation of ideas, scientific terminology, and results of scientific examinations in a competent and confident manner

Law enforcement laboratories

Government crime laboratories

Private forensic testing laboratories

Industrial laboratories employing chemical or biological technologist

FUTURE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Graduate Level Forensic Science Programs

Medicine

Dentistry

Pharmacy

Biology

Chemistry

Environmental Science

EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS

Employment and transfer rate of 100% - 100% are employed in field.

RELATED PROGRAMS

Biological Science

Environmental Technology

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Students have completed internships at various locations including the New York State Police Western Region Crime Laboratory, Erie County Forensic Lab, and several hospital clinical laboratories.

FACILITIES

The program is located in the newly renovated Physical and Health Sciences Building. Four science-ready lecture rooms are on the first floor with the eight laboratories found on the second and third floor. The laboratories are outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment and instrumentation. Explore the alphabet soup list below.

UV-VIS (Ultraviolet - Visible Spectrophotometry)

FTIR (Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrophotometry)

AAS (Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry)

FS (Fluorescence Spectrophotometry)

GC-MS (Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectroscopy)

HPLC (High Performance Liquid Chromatography)

GC-FID (Gas Chromatography/Flame Ionization Detector)

PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction)

Comparison and polarized light microscopy

Anatomic models and up-to-date application software for teaching and learning, as well as for independent study and research, are available.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS/RECOMMENDATIONS

Forensic Science Technology - BS Degree

TYPICAL EIGHT-SEMESTER PROGRAM

First

FRSC

1001

Intro. to Forensic Science I

1

CHEM

1984

Chemical Principles I

4

BIOL

1104

General Biology I

4

COMP

1503

Freshman Composition

3

MATH

1033

College Algebra

3

OR

MATH

2124

Statistical Methods and Analysis

4

15-16

Second

FRSC

2001

Intro. to Forensic Science II

1

CHEM

2984

Chemical Principles II

4

BIOL

2204

General Biology II

4

SPCH

1083

Effective Speaking

3

MATH

1054

Precalculus

4

OR

MATH

1084

Calculus I

4

OR

MATH

2043

College Trigonometry

3

15-16

Third

FRSC

3001

Topics in Forensic Science I

1

CHEM

3514

Organic Chemistry I

4

PHYS

1044

College Physics I

4

HPED

xxx1

Phys. Ed. Elective

1

MATH

1084

Calculus I

4

OR

MATH

2124

Statistical Methods & Analysis

4

HIST

xxx3

General Education History

3

17

Fourth

FRSC

4001

Topics in Forensic Science II

1

CHEM

4524

Organic Chemistry II

4

PHYS

2044

College Physics II

4

GEN Ed

xxx3

General Education Elective

3

GEN Ed

xxx3

General Education Elective

3

OR

MATH

2094

Calculus II (Tech. Elective)

4

15-16

Fifth

CHEM

5414

Analytical Principles (Chem. option)

4

OR

BIOL

5254

Principles of Microbiology (Bio. option)

4

CJUS

1003

Intro. to Criminal Justice

3

xxx3

Technical Elective

3-4

LITR

xxx3

Literature Elective

3

GEN ED

xxx3

General Education Elective

3

16-17

Sixth

xxx3

Technical Elective (Chem. option)

3

OR

BIOL

6534

Genetics (Bio. option)

4

CHEM

6614

Instrumental Analysis

4

CJUS

6003

Law and Criminal Evidence

3

GEN ED

xxx3

General Education Elective

3

OR

xxx3

Technical Elective

3-4

SOCI

5213

Science, Technology & Society

3

16-18

Seventh

FRSC

7104

Criminalistics I

4

CHEM

7784

Biochemistry

4

xxx3

Technical Elective

3-4

xxx3

Upper Level Elective

3

COMP

5703

Technical Writing

3

17-18

Eighth

FRSC

8104

Criminalistics II

4

FRSC

8111

Capstone Experience

1

FRSC

8113

Professional Preparation

3

FRSC

8803

Senor Research Project

3

OR

FRSC

8813

Internship

3

CHEM

6854

Physical Chemistry (Chem. option)

4

OR

xxx3

Technical Elective (Bio. option)

3

14-15

Approved Technical Electives:

BIOL 1404 & 2504 Anatomy & Physiology I and II

BIOL 2633 Histotechniques

BIOL 4403 Pathophysiology

BIOL 5003 Genomics

BIOL 5013 Biotechniques

BIOL 6003 Molecular and Cell Biology

BIOL 8823 Research Methods in Health Sciences

CISY 3023 Advanced Computer Spreadsheets

CHEM 4900 Directed Study, Chemistry

FRSC 8900 Directed Study, Forensic

MATH 2094 Calculus II

MATH 6114 Differential Equations

MEDR 1132 Essentials of Pharmacology

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Completion of above-listed courses

Minimum of 124 total credit hours, a minimum of 45 which must be from upper division course work

Completion of either a minimum 120 hour-long internship in a working forensic laboratory setting OR a semester-long directed research/independent study project

Grade of "C" or higher in all chemistry, biology, and forensic science courses

Completion of a "mock trial" capstone experience