Forensic Science Technology (BS)

Application Code: 
2023
Degree Received: 
Bachelor of Science (BS)
Academic Department Info: 
Program Coordinator: 
Dr. Jerry Fong
Coordinator Email: 
fongjd@alfredstate.edu
Description: 

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The forensic science technology program is a technically rigorous four-year degree culminating in a bachelor of science 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 three technical electives and two 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.

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.

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
Entrance Requirements & Recommendations: 

Required: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/ Trigonometry, Biology, Chemistry, SAT and/or ACT scores with a recommended combined SAT score of 1,000 (critical reading and math) or a composite ACT score of 21.
Recommended: Physics

Technical Standards: 

Students must be able to physically lift 25 lbs. and possess fine motor skills which allow them to focus a microscope with fine adjustment and use forceps.

Features & 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
  • NMR Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
  • FS Fluorescence Spectrophotometry
  • GC-MS Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectroscopy
  • HPLC High Performance Liquid Chromatography
  • CE Capillary Electrophoresis
  • PCR Polymerese Chain Reaction
  • Comparison and polarized microscopy

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

Graduation Requirements: 
  • Completion of courses listed below
  • 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
Career Opportunities: 
  • Law Enforcement Laboratories
  • Government Crime Laboratories
  • Private Forensic Testing Laboratories
  • Industrial Laboratories Employing Chemical or Biological Technologist
Transfer Opportunities: 

Depending on their choice of tracks and electives, graduates will also be able to continue their education at a graduate level in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, biology, chemistry, or environmental science.

Note that a minor is available in digital media and animation.

Typical Semester Layout: 
First Semestercredits
CHEM1984Chemical Principles I4
BIOL1104General Biology I4
FRSC1001Intro to Forensic Tech1
COMP1503Freshman Composition3
MATH1033College Algebra OR3
MATH 2124Statistical Methods and Analysis4
   15-16
Second Semestercredits
FRSC2001Intro to Forensic Technology II1
CHEM2984Chemical Principles II4
BIOL2204General Biology II4
MATH1084Calculus I OR4
MATH1054 Precalculus OR4
MATH2043 College Trigonometry3
SPCH1083Effective Speaking3
   15-16
Third Semestercredits
CHEM3514Organic Chemistry I4
MATH2124Statistical Methods & Analysis OR4
MATH1084 Calculus I4
HPEDxxx1 Physical Education Elective 1
FRSC3001Topics in Forensic Science I1
PHYS1044College Physics I4
HISTxxx3General Education History3
   17
Fourth Semestercredits
CHEM4524Organic Chemistry II4
FRSC 4001Topics in Forensic Science II1
PHYS2044College Physics II4
 xxx3General Education Elective3
 xxx3General Education Elective OR3
MATH2094Calculus II (Tech Elective)4
   15-16
Fifth Semestercredits
CHEM5414Analytical Principles OR 
BIOL5254Principles of Microbiology4
CJUS 1003Intro to Criminal Justice3
 xxxxTechnical Elective3-4
LITRxxx3Literature Elective3
 xxx3General Education Elective3
   16-17
Sixth Semestercredits
 xxx3Technical Elective (Chem Option) OR3
BIOL6534Genetics4
CHEM6614Instrumental Analysis4
CJUS 6003Law and Criminal Evidence3
 xxx3General Education Elective OR3
 xxx3Technical Elective3
SOCI5213Science, Technology & Society3
   16-18
Seventh Semestercredits
FRSC7104Criminalistics I4
COMP5703Technical Writing II3
CHEM7784Biochemistry4
 xxxxTechnical Elective3-4
 xxx3Upper Level Elective3
   17-18
Eighth Semestercredits
FRSC8104Criminalistics II4
FRSC8111Capstone Experience1
FRSC8113Professional Preparation3
FRSC8803Senior Research Project OR 
FRSC8813Internship3
CHEM6854 Physical Chemistry (Chem option) OR4
 xxx3Technical Elective (Bio option)3
   14-15
Approved Technical Electives
BIOL1404Anatomy & Physiology I
BIOL2504Anatomy & Physiology II
BIOL2633Histotechniques
BIOL4403Pathophysiology
BIOL5223Genetic Engineering
CHEM4900Directed Study
CISY3023Advanced Computer Spreadsheets
FRSC8900Directed Study
MATH2094Calculus II
MATH6114Differential Equations
MATH5900Directed Study, Mathematics
MEDR1132Essentials of Pharmacology
Employment and Transfer Rate: 
100%
Employment and Transfer Survey Details: 
Survey Details201020112012
Receiving Degrees225
Responding to Survey1 (50%)1 (50%)3 (60%)
Employed1 (100%)1 (100%)3 (100%)
Employed in Field1 (100%)1 (100%)3 (100%)
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Unemployed & Seeking Employment------
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Employment and Transfer Salary Information: 

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