Program of Study
Through coursework and labs in areas like toxicology, forensic chemistry and interpretation of DNA evidence, you will learn how to assist law enforcement with DNA identification and kinship analysis, as well as missing persons and mass-disaster casework.
You will receive instruction from a team of interdisciplinary and experienced faculty and researchers as well as other experts in the forensic science and criminal justice community.
Required Courses in Biology
- Biotechnology Laboratory
- Responsible Conduct and Skills in Research
- Responsible Conduct and Skills in Scientific Communication
- Current Literature in Forensic Biology I
- Human Population Genetics
- Advanced Molecular Biology
- Forensic Biology Laboratory
- Forensic Science
- Courtroom Testimony for Forensic Scientists
- Graduate Research Seminar (two semesters)
- Students who have not had an undergraduate course in Genetics, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Immunology will be required to take the appropriate undergraduate or graduate courses
Internship: (6 credits): Satisfactory completion of an internship in forensic biology laboratory and written report.
Electives (6 credits). Choose two:
- Cell Biology I and II
- Biochemistry and Biomolecular Structure
- Principles of Bioinformatics
- Molecular Neurobiology
- Instrumental and Biochemical Analysis
- Forensic Biology II
- Forensic Chemistry and Toxicology
- Interpretation of DNA Evidence
Supporting Courses (8-12 credits)
- Principles of Statistical Inference or Applied Statistics
- Law and Science in Criminal Justice
- Other courses in mathematics or statistics, business, biology, chemistry, psychology, and criminal justice as advised
Satisfactory completion of core and final examinations in biology. The written internship report will serve as the final examination.
For more information, contact Arati Iyengar at [email protected].
UAlbany has a unique and collaborative relationship with the New York State Police Forensic Investigation Center that gives you direct access to forensic science expertise. Through this connection and our program faculty you will have the opportunity to secure competitive internships, giving you even more practical experience in research and training.
Students have recently completed their internships at the following forensic science laboratories, research laboratories, or academic institutions: Albany Medical College; Bode Technology Group; Consolidated Forensic Laboratory in Washington, D.C.; Erie County Department of Central Police Services Forensic Laboratory; General Electric; Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department; Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, D.C.; Monroe County Crime Laboratory; New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner; New York State Department of Health; New York State Police; New York State Police Forensic Investigation Center; ReliaGene Technologies; Suffolk County Crime Laboratory; University at Albany Department of Biological Sciences; University at Albany School of Public Health; Westchester County Forensic Laboratory.
Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.
- Demonstrate breadth of knowledge in other forensic science disciplines.
- Assess effective oral and written communication skills.
- Develop a proficiency in both Excel software and database management programs.
- Demonstrate both a theoretical and practical knowledge of Forensic Biology.
- Show a general understanding of molecular biology, genetics, quality assurance, ethics, law and bio-techniques.
If you have a passion for biology and problem-solving, a master’s in forensic biology can prepare you for a career in crime scene investigation and evidence analysis. With a strong emphasis on theories and state-of-the-art technology you will acquire the skills needed for forensic science and laboratory research.