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M.S. in Forensic Science (General)


Key Benefits of our program:

  • Optimal training opportunities and direct interaction with practitioners in the field
  • Faculty mentor, teach, and advise students, paying close attention to their development
  • Flexible programs enable students to tailor courses to their individual needs and goals.
  • Experiential training opportunities in world-class facilities, such as LGS Bell Labs Innovations, Brookhaven National Laboratory, the New York State Police Crime Laboratory System, and The Wallie Howard Jr. Center for Forensic Sciences (Onondaga County, New York)

Career Paths: Graduates often go on to become:

  • Law enforcement officers
  • Paralegals
  • Court psychologists
  • Forensic microscopists
  • Medicolegal death investigators

Consult the Course Catalog for specific requirements

Sample Program Requirements

The General Forensics Track provides students with a rigorous, yet comprehensive overview of forensics, preparing them for a myriad of jobs. These graduates often go on to careers as law enforcement officers, paralegals, court psychologists, latent print examiners, forensic microscopists, and medicolegal death investigators, to name a few.


I. GATEWAY COURSES - 12 Credits Required

  • FSC 606 Advanced Forensic Science (3 credits)
  • FSC 631 Statistics for the Forensic Sciences (3)
  • FSC 632 Research and Career Resources (3)
  • FSC 633 Quality Assurance & Ethics (3)


II. Electives - 21 Credits Required

At least 9 elective credits must be part of a designated concentration. Student-specific concentrations, potentially including FSC 690, may be allowed by petition.

Biology Concentration

  • BIO 575 Biochemistry I (3)
  • BIO 576 Biochemistry II (3)
  • BIO 631 Population Genetics (3)
  • BIO 662 Molecular Genetics (3)
  • BIO 663 Molecular Biotechonology (3)
  • BIO 665 Molecular Biology Laboratory (3)
  • BIO 675 Biochemistry Laboratory (3)
  • CHE/BCM 677 Prep & Analysis of Proteins and Nucleic Acids (3)
  • FSC 640 Forensic Biochemical Analysis (3)

Crime Scene Investigation Concentration

  • FSC 637 Medicolegal Death Investigation for Emergency Responders (3)
  • FSC 662 Forensic Entomology (3)
  • FSC 665 Latent Prints (3)
  • FSC 667 Forensic Photography (3)
  • FSC 668 Crime Scene Investigation (3)

Forensic Anthropology Concentration

  • ANT 600 Reading the Body (3)
  • ANT 633 Human Osteology (3)
  • ANT 634 Anthropology of Death (3)
  • ANT 636 Forensic Anthropology (3)
  • ANT 662 Forensic Entomology (3)

Forensic Chemistry Concentration

  • CHE 575 Organic Spectroscopy (3)
  • CHE/BCM 677 Prep & Analysis of Proteins & Nucleic Acids (3)
  • FSC 553 Principles of Human Toxicology (3)

Impressions Evidence Concentration

  • FSC 661 Firearms & Impression Evidence (3)
  • FSC 665 Latent Prints (3)
  • FSC 671 Firearms & Impression Evidence II (3)

Jurisprudence Concentration

  • LAW 604 Criminal Law (3)
  • LAW 708 Constitutional Criminal Procedure Investigation (3)
  • LAW 718 Evidence (3)
  • LAW 719 Psychology & the Law (3)
  • LAW 759 Computer Crimes (3)
  • LAW 781 Forensic Evidence (2)

Linguistics Concentration

  • LIN 601 Introductory Linguistic Analysis (3)
  • LIN 631 Phonological Analysis (3)
  • LIN 671 Dimension of Biligualism & Multiculturalism (3)
  • LIN 675 Forensic Linguistics (3)

Medicolegal Death Investigation Concentration

  • FSC 635 Medicolegal Death Investigation I (3)
  • FSC 636 Medicolegal Death Investigation II (3)
  • FSC 651 Forensic Pathology (3)

National Security Sciences Concentration

  • FSC 654 Nuclear Forensics (3)
  • FSC 640 Countering WMDs (3)
  • NUC 520 Radiochemistry, Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing and Nonproliferation (3)

Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Concentration

  • FSC 652 Forensic Mental Health (3)
  • PSY 674 Advanced Social Psychology (3)
  • SWK 724 Psychopathology (3)
  • SWK/WGS 626 Persons in a Social Context (3)

Regulatory Science Concentration

  • FSC 656 Regulation and Compliance (3)
  • FSC 657 Drug Development, Testing, and Approval (3)
  • FSC 653 Forensic Toxicology (3)

Toxicology Concentration

  • FSC 553 Principles of Toxicology (3)
  • FSC 651 Forensic Pathology (3)
  • FSC 653 Forensic Toxicology (3)

Full Electives List

  • ANT 600 Reading the Body (3)
  • ANT 633 Human Osteology (3)
  • ANT 634 Anthropology of Death (3)
  • ANT 636 Forensic Anthropology (3)
  • BIO 575 Biochemistry I (3)
  • BIO 576 Biochemistry II (3)
  • BIO 631 Population Genetics (3)
  • BIO 662 Molecular Genertics (3)
  • BIO 663 Molecular Biotechnology (3)
  • BIO 665 Molecular Biology Laboratory (3)
  • BIO 675 Biochemistry Laboratory (3)
  • CHE 575 Organic Spectroscopy (3)
  • CHE/BCM 677 Prep & Analysis of Proteins & Nucleic Acids (3)
  • FSC 553 Principles of Toxicology (3)
  • FSC 635 Medicolegal Death Investigation I (3)
  • FSC 636 Medicolegal Death Investigation II (3)
  • FSC 637 Medicolegal Death Investigation for Emergency Responders (3)
  • FSC 640 Selected Topics in Advanced Forensic Science (3)
  • FSC 651 Forensic Pathology (3)
  • FSC 652 Forensic Mental Health (3)
  • FSC 653 Forensic Toxicology (3)
  • FSC 654 Nuclear Forensics (3)
  • FSC 661 Fireamrs & Impression Evidence (3)
  • FSC 662 Forensic Entomology (3)
  • FSC 664 Forensic Biochemical Analysis (3)
  • FSC 665 Latent Prints (3)
  • FSC 667 Forensic Photography (3)
  • FSC 668 Crime Scene Investigation (3)
  • FSC 669 Science of Countering WMDs (3)
  • FSC 671 Firearms and Impression Evidence II (3)
  • FSC 672 Advanced Light Microscopy (3)
  • FSC 676 Cold Cases (3)
  • FSC 690 Independent Study or Internship in Forensic Science (1 - 6)
  • IST 602 Digital Forensics (3)
  • LAW 604 Criminal Law (3)
  • LAW 708 Constitutional Criminal Procedure Investigation (3)
  • LAW 718 Evidence (4)
  • LAW 719 Psychology & the Law (3)
  • LAW 759 Computer Crimes (3)
  • LAW 781 Forensic Evidence (2)
  • LIN 601 Introductory to Linguistic Analysis (3)
  • LIN 631 Phonological Analysis (3)
  • LIN 671 Dimension of Bilingualism & Multiculturalism (3)
  • LIN 675 Forensic Linguistics (3)
  • NUC 520 Radiochemistry, Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing and Nonproliferation (3)
  • PSY 674 Advanced Social Psychology (3)
  • SWK 724 Psychopathology (3)
  • SWK/WGS 626 Persons in Social Context (3)


III. Internship or Independent Study Research - at least 3 credits required

(additional credits may be used to satisfy elective requirements)

  • FSC 690 Independent Study in Forensic Science (1-6)


Total Credits for Degree - 36