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Why Choose Saint Rose for a Bachelor's Degree in Forensic Science?

At Saint Rose, Forensic Science majors combine extensive study in the sciences—including chemistry, biology and physics—with coursework in evidence, forensic assays, the court system, and other topics.

The department’s faculty have broad experience in the field—enabling students to access the latest information along with real-life applications. Our students have completed internships at The New York State Police Forensic Investigation Center, The Division of Criminal Justice Office of Forensics, and many local and regional laboratories.

degree in forensic science fingerprint sampleThe Science faculty at Saint Rose is deeply committed to the academic and personal success of our students. Our faculty teach both lecture and lab, increasing contact hours between students and faculty. The rigorous science curriculum prepares students for graduate school and a future career. Saint Rose offers many opportunities for on-campus research in multiple disciplines, such as forensic science, chemistry and biology. We support student travel to conferences to present research, award summer research grants to undergraduates, publish an annual Undergraduate Research Journal, and hold an all-College undergraduate research symposium each spring.

A very active student-run science club (Natural Science Association, NSA) provides students interested in science with an opportunity to participate in science activities during weekly meetings. Our alumni organization, Doctors’ Guild, an association of professionals, networks to advance and exchange ideas and to communicate and foster friendly relationships with undergraduate students.

Program highlights

  • Two different tracks within the major (Chemistry and Biology) provide more courses in your area of interest as well as more flexibility in career/graduate school options upon graduation
  • Capstone course in senior year allows you to apply your knowledge of chemistry and biology to forensic analyses
  • A dedicated forensic science advisor guides you through your academic career
  • There is a Saint Rose Chapter of Delta Delta Epsilon (A forensic science honor society) that allows us to recognize and honor our high achieving forensic science majors

Cold Case Analysis Center Internships

Selected students have the opportunity to intern with our expert faculty advisors and work on true cold cases in our Cold Case Analysis Center, which is currently the only one of its kind New York State.

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Upstate Unsolved Podcast

A WGY and iHeartRadio investigative podcast going beyond the headlines of Upstate NY's unsolved crimes, in partnership with The Cold Case Analysis Center at The College of Saint Rose.

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Course Requirements, Faculty, and Learning Objectives

Forensic Science – Biology Track

  • The effective and correct use of biology scientific terminology.
  • The collection and analysis of data.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use physical and chemical tests to analyze forensic evidence and draw appropriate scientific conclusions from these tests.

Forensic Science – Chemistry Track

  • Use and understand chemistry terminology.
  • Effectively use statistical methods for evaluating and interpreting data.
  • Understand the relationship between chemical structure and reactivity.
  • Solve quantitative problems relevant to chemical processes.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use physical and chemical tests to analyze forensic evidence and draw appropriate scientific conclusions from these tests.