Program of Study
Through coursework and labs in areas like toxicology, forensic chemistry, and interpretation of forensic science evidence, you will learn as a DNA scientist, serologist or forensic chemist how to assist law enforcement with trace evidence on 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 (28 credits)
- Responsible Conduct and Skills in Research
- Responsible Conduct and Skills in Scientific Communication
- Advanced Molecular Biology
- Forensic Genetics
- Forensic Science Seminar
- Forensic Biology I & II
- Forensic Science
- Instrumental and Biochemical Analysis
- Forensic Chemistry and Toxicology
- Courtroom Testimony for Forensic Scientists
- Interpretation of DNA Evidence
- Law and Science in Criminal Justice
- Students who have not had an undergraduate course in Statistics, Genetics, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry will be required to take the appropriate undergraduate or graduate courses
Internship (6 credits)
Satisfactory completion of an internship in forensic science laboratory and written report.
Management Policy Courses (6 credits)
- Advanced Excel with Visual Basic for Applications
- Database Management
- Organizational Behavior and Managerial Skills
- Human Resources Management
- Managing Behavior in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
- Public Personnel Administration
Satisfactory completion of core and final examinations in biology. The written internship report will serve as the final examination.
For more information, contact Dr. Ryan Thurman at [email protected].
UAlbany has a unique and collaborative relationship with the New York State Police Forensic Investigation Center, as well as other forensic science agencies and research institutions, providing 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.
- Obtain and demonstrate breadth of knowledge in forensic science, forensic biology, molecular biology, human genetics, and law and science.
- Read and understand the primary scientific literature, to keep abreast of major developments, and integrate the literature in their chosen area of expertise.
- Demonstrate effective oral and visual communication skills in forensic science.
- Demonstrate effective written communication skills in the field of forensic science
- Understand scientific ethics as practiced in Western societies, including the topics of human subjects, animal use in research, and plagiarism