Buffalo State

Graduate Catalog 2016-2017

Forensic Science (M.S.)

Master of Science Program

Program Code: MS-NS

Major Code: FSC

HEGIS 1999.20

Chemistry Department

M. Scott Goodman, Chair

Science Building 267, (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 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 31 credit hours and should take two years to complete.

Admission Requirements:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 (4.0 scale).
  2. 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.
  3. A minimum GPA in the required chemistry and biology coursework of 2.9 (on a 4.0-point scale).
  4. Three letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with the applicant’s academic record.
  5. A written statement concerning the applicant’s academic background, future plans, and areas of research interest.

Program Requirements

Required Courses

19 cr

FOR 612

Principles of Forensic Science

FOR 614

Forensic Applications of Instrumental Analysis (4)

FOR 616

Microscopy in Forensic Science (2)

FOR 618

Drug Chemistry and Toxicology


Forensic Molecular Biology (4)

CHE 698

Journal Seminar (1)

CHE 699

Thesis Seminar and Defense (2)

Research Credit

6 cr

Elective Courses

6 cr

CHE 572

Advanced Biochemistry

FOR 598

Forensics Microcourse(s) (1-3)

CHE 625

Physical Methods (4)

CHE 626

Symmetry, Group Theory and Vibrational Spectroscopy (1)

CHE 627

X-Ray Crystallography (1)

CHE 628

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (1)

CHE 629

Mass Spectrometry (1)

CHE 670


CHE 680

Advanced Analytical Chemistry

BIO 601

Foundations of Cellular and Molecular Biology

BIO 608

Molecular Genetics

GES 513

Advanced Forensic Geosciences

CRJ 630

Constitutional Issues in Criminal Justice

Total Required Credit Hours

31 cr

All courses are 3 credits hours unless otherwise indicated.

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English Education (7–12; PTCP)

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Industrial Technology (M.S.)

Literacy Specialist (Birth Through Grade 12; M.S.Ed.)

Mathematics Education (7–12; M.S.Ed.)

Mathematics Education (7–12; PTCP)

Mathematics Education (7–12; 5–6 Extension; PTCP)

Multidisciplinary Studies (M.A. and M.S.)

Museum Studies (M.A.)

Museum Studies (Graduate Certificate)

Music Education (M.M.)

Physics Education (7–12; M.S.Ed.)

Physics Education (7–12; M.S.Ed. with Alternative Certification)

Professional Applied and Computational Mathematics (M.S.)

Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management (M.P.A.)

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Social Studies Education (7-12; 5-6 Extension; PTCP)

Spanish Education (7-12; PTCP)

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Speech-Language Pathology (M.S.Ed.)

Teaching Bilingual Exceptional Individuals

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Technology Education (M.S.Ed.)

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Course Descriptions

ACM - Applied & Computational Mathematics

ADE - Adult Education

AED - Art Education

ATS - Art Therapy Studies

BIO - Biology

BME - Business and Marketing Education

BUS - Business

BXE - Bilingual Exceptional Education

CHE - Chemistry

CIS - Computer Information Systems

CNS - Art Conservation

COM - Communication

CRJ - Criminal Justice

CRS - Creative Studies

CTE - Career and Technical Education

DAN - Dance

DED - Distributive Education

DES - Design

ECO - Economics

ECS - Elementary Education

EDL - Educational Leadership

EDU - Elementary Education

EDT - Educational Technology

ENG - English

ENT - Engineering Technology

ESL - English as a Second Language

EXE - Exceptional Education

FAR - Fine Arts

FIN - Finance

FLE - Foreign Language Education

FOR - Forensic Science

FRE - French

GEG - Geography

GES - Geology

GLC - Great Lakes Center

HEA - Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration

HEW - Health and Wellness

HIS - History

HPR - Coaching and Physical Education

INT - Industrial Technology

MAT - Mathematics

MCL - Modern and Classical Languages

MED - Mathematics Education

MET - Mechanical Engineering Technology

MST - Museum Studies

MUS - Music

NFS - Dietetics and Nutrition

OEC - Occupational Education

PAD - Public Administration

PHI - Philosophy

PHY - Physics

PLN - Planning

PSC - Political Science

PSM - Professional Science and Mathematics

PSY - Psychology

SCI - Science

SLP - Speech Language Pathology

SOC - Sociology

SPA - Spanish

SPF - Social Psychological Foundations

SSE - Social Studies Education

SWK - Social Work

TEC - Technology

TED - Technology Education

THA - Theater Arts

UED - Urban Education


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