College of Arts and Sciences
The new Forensics program is one of the largest graduate-level collaborative efforts at the University and the only program of its kind in Upstate New York ,involving four schools and colleges (The College of Arts and Sciences, the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, the College of Law and the College of Human Ecology) joining with the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, SUNY Upstate Medical University and the Wallie Howard Jr. Center for Forensic Sciences in Syracuse, which will provide fieldwork opportunities for students.
The 34-credit master's program of study is designed to offer students both a global perspective and an opportunity for in-depth forensics study at the graduate level. In addition to the required forensics courses, the program offers students opportunities to enroll in advanced courses in chemistry, biochemistry, genetics, math and linguistics in The College of Arts and Sciences; advanced anthropology courses in Maxwell; forensic evidence and related courses in the College of Law; and courses that focus on social behavior in the College of Human Ecology.
Among the unique aspects of the program is the requirement that all students take a semester-long seminar called Practicum in Forensic Science, to be taught by Onondaga County Chief Medical Examiner Mary Jumbelic and SU faculty. The seminar combines forensics theory and practice and requires students to spend part of their time in the crime lab at the Wallie Howard Jr. Center for Forensic Sciences, visiting actual crime scenes and the morgue.
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