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Forensic Studies Degree Requirements

  • These requirements apply to students entering this program in fall 2014 and thereafter. Students who enrolled earlier should consult the catalog in effect at the time they enrolled.
  • You can also reference the graduation requirements for the year in which you enrolled on the portal; view graduation requirements by year (PDF) in the right-hand column of your MyResources page.
  • Read the course descriptions.

General-Education Requirements
(43 credits)

General-education requirements for:

  • all students who entered UB prior to fall 2013
  • any student who entered UB with 24 or more credits before fall 2014

General-education requirements for:

  • all new freshmen (fewer than 24 college credits) who entered UB in fall 2013 and after
  • all new students entering UB in fall 2014 and after

Forensic Studies Program Requirements (42-54 credits)

Choose one of two concentrations.

Forensic Science Concentration (54 credits)

  • Forensic Science (FSCS 301)
  • Crime Scene Investigation (FSCS 307)
  • Laboratory Safety and Quality Assurance (FSCS 400)
  • Trace Evidence, 4 credits (FSCS 403)
  • Arson Investigation and Glass Analysis, 4 credits (FSCS 404)
  • Microscopy, 4 credits (FSCS 405)
  • Instrumental Analysis, 4 credits (FSCS 407)
  • Drug Analysis, 4 credits (FSCS 409)
  • Forensic Serology, 4 credits (FSCS 410)
  • Chemistry of Death (FSCS 456)
  • Forensic Documentation (FSCS 480)
  • Moot Court and Trial Advocacy for Forensics
    (FSCS 482)
  • Field Internship in Forensic Science (FSCS 487)

Major Electives (9 credits)

Complete at least three of the following courses:

  • Interviews and Interrogations (FSCS 320)
  • Advanced Crime Scene Investigation (FSCS 440)
  • Death Investigation (FSCS 454)
  • Homicide Investigation (FSCS 455)
  • Forensic Photography (FSCS 460)
  • Introduction to Document Examination (FSCS 462)
  • Handwriting Analysis (FSCS 464)
  • Instrumental Analysis in Document Examination
    (FSCS 466)
  • Art and Forensics (FSCS 484)
  • Topics in Forensics (FSCS 497)

Police Science Concentration (42 credits)

  • The Contemporary Criminal Justice System (CRJU 301)
  • Forensic Science (FSCS 301)
  • Crime Scene Investigation (FSCS 307)
  • Forensic Documentation (FSCS 480)
  • Moot Court and Trial Advocacy for Forensics
    (FSCS 482)
  • Criminal Law (CRJU 330)
  • Mathematical Applications in Police Science
    (FSCS 418)
  • Field Internship in Police Science (FSCS 496)

Courts and Investigation Required Courses

  • Fourth Amendment: Interpretation and Application (FSCS 424)
  • Innovative Investigative Techniques (FSCS 426)
  • Specialty Warrants, Wiretaps and Historical Conspiracies (FSCS 430)

Major Electives

Complete three approved forensic studies or criminal justice electives.

General Electives

Complete as many courses as necessary from any discipline to fulfill your 120-credit requirement to graduate.

Information Literacy Requirement

Meet the UB Information Literacy graduation requirement by successfully completing:

  • Introduction to Information Literacy (INFO 110)
as of fall 2014