Forensic Science (M.S.)
Master of Science Program
Program Code: MS-NS
Major Code: FSC
SAMC 164 (716) 878-5204
The master of science in forensic science provides advanced education in the scientific and laboratory methods utilized in a modern forensic laboratory. The program unites current theory and practices in forensic science with advanced laboratory training and an exploration of issues in the related disciplines of law enforcement and ethics.
Important Note: Individuals seeking employment in a forensic science laboratory may be required to undergo an extensive background check including a lie detector test, fingerprinting, and drug testing.
The curriculum for the program is structured around a core of advanced forensic science lecture and laboratory courses supplemented by electives in specialized sub-disciplines. The program includes a seminar component and culminates in a master’s thesis or project based upon original scholarship carried out by the student.
Successful completion of this program requires that students have a strong background in math and science including laboratory experience in chemistry and biology upon admission. The program consists of 30-31 credit hours and should take two years to complete.
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 (4.0 scale).
- An official transcript of the applicant’s undergraduate program showing successful completion of 48 credit hours of college science and mathematics courses, including the following coursework: one year of general chemistry, one year of organic chemistry with laboratory, a course in analytical chemistry, one year of general biology (including cell biology), a course in genetics or population genetics, and a course in either molecular biology or biochemistry.
- A minimum GPA in the required chemistry and biology coursework of 2.9 (on a 4.0-point scale).
- Three letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with the applicant’s academic record.
- A written statement concerning the applicant’s academic background, future plans, and areas of research interest.
In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in this catalog.
|Required Courses (17 credit hours)|
|FOR 612||PRINCIPLES OF FORENSIC SCIENCE||3|
|FOR 614||FORENSIC APPLICATIONS OF INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS||4|
|FOR 616||MICROSCOPY IN FORENSIC SCIENCE||2|
|FOR 618||DRUG CHEMISTRY AND TOXICOLOGY||3|
|BIO/CHE 672||FORENSIC MOLECULAR BIOLOGY||4|
|CHE 698||JOURNAL SEMINAR||1|
|Approved Electives (6-9 credit hours)|
|Choose from the following:||6|
|GRADUATE MICROCOURSE (1-3)|
|SYMMETRY, GROUP THEORY, AND VIBRATIONAL SPECTROSCOPY (1)|
|X-RAY CRYSTALLOGRAPHY (1)|
|NUCLEAR MAGNETIC RESONANCE SPECTROSCOPY (1)|
|MASS SPECTROMETRY (1)|
|BIOMOLECULES: PROTEINS, NUCLEIC ACIDS, AND ENZYMES|
|ADVANCED ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY|
|FOUNDATIONS OF CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY|
|APPLIED FORENSIC GEOSCIENCE|
|CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE|
|*A maximum of 3 credits of FOR 598 may be used to the satisfy the elective course requirement|
|Research Credit (4-8 credit hours)|
|Choose one of the following options:|
|1) Thesis Option (8 credit hours)|
|THESIS SEMINAR AND DEFENSE (2)|
|RESEARCH THESIS IN FORENSIC SCIENCE (1-12)|
|RESEARCH THESIS IN CHEMISTRY (1-12)|
|RESEARCH THESIS IN BIOLOGY (1-6)|
|2) Project Option (4 credit hours)|
|MASTERS PROJECT (1-4)|
or CHE 690
|*Note : while students can sign up for CHE 795, FOR 795, BIO 695 in anywhere from 1-12 crs, they must take a total of 6 credits for the degree.|
|Total Required Credit Hours 30-31|