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 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.
PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
FUTURE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
Annual nationwide mean salary of forensic science technologists is $55,040 based on U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2010.
Internship opportunity agreements are in place with a number of forensic laboratories including New York State Police Western Regional Crime Laboratory, Onondaga County Center for Forensic Sciences, and Monroe County Crime Laboratory.
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)
CE (Capillary Electrophoresis)
PCR (Polymerase 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.
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.
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.