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Forensic Science (B.S.)


Graduates of our program compete favorably for technical positions in any state or private forensics laboratory. The program is also suitable for students interested in secondary education in biology, law school, or graduate study in forensic biology or chemistry. With some additional coursework, the program is also suitable for pre-med students. A dual major of Forensic Science and Chemistry (non-certified) requires only four additional courses,  making it an attractive option. Qualified students may complete their internship through INVEST.

Requirements for a Major in Forensic Science


Specialization Core Courses


Subtotal of core courses: 55 Credits


Supporting Courses


Select one of the following statistics courses (QR) † : 4 Credits


Subtotal of supporting courses: 12 Credits


Total credits in major: 73-77


General Education Requirements-not fulfilled by Major or required Supporting Courses


Russell Sage College Core Courses: 11 Credits

  • WLD 101 - Reading Women’s Voices/Developing Our Own : 4 Credits
  • WLD 201 - Researching Women’s Lives : 4 Credits
  • WLD 401 - Women Changing the World : 3 Credits

General Education Breadth Requirement: 15 Credits

  • Humanities - Fine & Performing Arts : 3 Credits
  • Humanities - History : 3 Credits
  • Humanities - Literature & Languages : 3 Credits
  • Humanities - Elective : 3 Credits
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences (from discipline other than CRJ) : 3 Credits

Elective Courses: 17-21 Credits

Total credits required for degree: 120


Note(s)


† MAT 201 Calculus I is also recommended, especially for students considering Graduate School.

‡ To apply for a project through INVEST, contact Dr. Tom Keane, Chemistry Department Chair, at (518) 244-2299 or e-mail [email protected]. All internship and senior research students are nominated by the Department of  Chemistry and Biochemistry. Application portfolios are then submitted to the tenant company’s Human Resources Department after final approval by Sage’s Academic Liaison to INVEST. Final decisions regarding internships, research projects  etc are made by the tenant company.

Additional Information


Time Requirements: generally requires a minimum of 8 hours per week in most cases with the specifics to be determined by the faculty advisor and/or mentor at the tenant company.

Duration: minimum of 1 academic semester for internship, 1 academic year for senior research.

Description: the internship/research project may include any or all of the following:

  • Synthetic methodology, data collection and analysis.
  • Presentation(s) of research findings to the R&D, Engineering, Quality Control and Manufacturing groups of Evident Technologies as well as departmental presentations as required by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

The applicant should be familiar with laboratory safety and chemical handling practices, have a background in analytical chemistry and instrumental analysis and in performing standard chemical laboratory procedures, have experience using/operating various types of analytical equipment and instrumentation, such as:

  • pH meters
  • FTIR
  • NMR
  • UV/Vis Spectrophotometers
  • Fluorescence spectrophotometer
  • HPLC
  • GC and GC-MS

and the applicant should be proficient with MS Excel and MS Word.

Chemistry courses providing the appropriate background include:

  • Chemical Analysis (CHM205)
  • Organic Chemistry with Lab (CHM201, 201L, 202, 202L)
  • Instrumental Analysis (CHM 302)
  • Biochemistry (CHM 303, 304)

Ideally an applicant’s background would also include both Physical Chemistry (CHM 305 and 306) and Inorganic Chemistry (CHM 404), which may be taken concurrently with the internship/research project. A minimum GPA 3.200 in chemistry with 3.200 overall GPA is required of all applicants. Supporting documentation will include an official transcript and three letters of recommendation from faculty, one being from the Academic Liaison to INVEST.

Suggested Course Sequence for Russell Sage College Students in the BS in Forensic Science


The following is a general schedule for the Forensic Science major. In general, major requirements must follow this basic schedule, but one can introduce flexibility into this recommended sequence by shifting general education slots around to allow one to pursue other courses of personal interest or compensate for scheduling conflicts.

Year 1- Fall: 17.5 credits

  • WLD 101 (4 credits)
  • CHM 111 & CHM 111L & CHM 111R (4 credits)
  • BIO 101 & BIO 101L (4 credits)
  • CRJ 105 (4 credits)
  • SST 111 or SST 121 First Year Seminar (1.5 credits)

Year 1- Spring: 16.5-18 credits

  • WLD 201 (4 credits)
  • CHM 112 & CHM 112L CHM 112R (4 credits)
  • BIO 102 & BIO 102L (4 credits)
  • General Education Breadth Requirement (3 credits)
  • SST 112 or Elective (1.5 credits - 3 credits)

Year 2- Fall: 14 credits

  • CHM 201 & CHM 201L (4 credits)
  • PHY 101 & PHY 101L & PHY 101R or PHY 107 & PHY 107L & PHY 107R (4 credits)
  • CHM 205 & CHM 205L (3 credits)
  • CRJ 219 (3 credits)

Year 2- Spring: 14 credits

  • CHM 202 & CHM 202L (4 credits)
  • PHY 102 & PHY 102L & PHY 102R or PHY 108 & PHY 108L & PHY 108R (4 credits)
  • CRJ 353 (3 credits)
  • General Education Breadth Requirement (3 credits)

Year 3- Fall: 15-17 credits

  • CHM 303 (3 credits)
  • CHM 340 & CHM 340L (4 credits)
  • General Education Breadth Requirement (3 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits)

Year 3- Spring: 15-16 credits

  • PSY 207 or MAT 220 (3 credits)
  • Biology or Chemistry Elective (3-4 credits)
  • General Education Breadth Requirement (3 credits)
  • Electives (6 credits)

Summer between Year 3 and Year 4:

  • Start or finish internship if necessary

Year 4- Fall: 15-16 credits

  • CHM 308 (3 credits)
  • Biology or Chemistry Elective (3-4 credits)
  • General Education Breadth Requirement (3 credits)
  • Electives (6 credits)

Year 4- Spring: 14 credits

  • BIO 405 (4 credits)
  • CHM 302 (4 credits)
  • WLD 401 (3 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits)

Suggested Course Sequence for Sage College of Albany Students in the BS in Forensic Science


The following is a general schedule for the Forensic Science major. In general, major requirements must follow this basic schedule, but one can introduce flexibility into this recommended sequence by shifting general education slots around to allow one to pursue other courses of personal interest or compensate for scheduling conflicts.  SCA students should refer to the Sage College of Albany online catalog for information about SCA Literacies of Connection: General Education Requirements referenced below. Note that the majority of Chemistry courses listed below are only offered on the Troy campus. 

Year 1- Fall: 17 credits

  • HUM 112 (3 credits)
  • CHM 111 & CHM 111L & CHM 111R (4 credits)
  • BIO 101 & BIO 101L (4 credits)
  • CRM 111 (3 credits)
  • ITD 155 (3 credits)

Year 1- Spring: 14 credits

  • ITK 101 (3 credits)
  • CHM 112 & CHM 112L CHM 112R (4 credits)
  • BIO 102 & BIO 102L (4 credits)
  • Elective/General Education Perspectives Requirement (3 credits)

Year 2- Fall: 14 credits

  • CHM 201 & CHM 201L (4 credits)
  • PHY 101 & PHY 101L & PHY 101R or PHY 107 & PHY 107L & PHY 107R (4 credits)
  • CHM 205 & CHM 205L (3 credits)
  • CRJ 219 (3 credits)

Year 2- Spring: 14 credits

  • CHM 202 & CHM 202L (4 credits)
  • PHY 102 & PHY 102L & PHY 102R or PHY 108 & PHY 108L & PHY 108R (4 credits)
  • CRJ 353 (3 credits)
  • Elective/General Education Perspectives Requirement (3 credits)

Year 3- Fall: 16 credits

  • CHM 303 (3 credits)
  • CHM 340 (4 credits)
  • ITK 301 (3 credits)
  • Elective/General Education Perspectives Requirement (3 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits)

Year 3- Spring: 15-16 credits

  • PSY 207 or MAT 220 (3 credits)
  • Biology or Chemistry Elective(3-4 credits)
  • Elective/General Education Perspectives Requirement (3 credits)
  • Electives (6 credits)

Summer between Year 3 and Year 4:

  • Start or finish internship if necessary

Year 4- Fall: 15-16 credits

  • CHM 308 (3 credits)
  • Biology or Chemistry Elective (3-4 credits)
  • Elective/General Education Perspectives Requirement (3 credits)
  • Electives (6 credits)

Year 4- Spring: 14 credits

  • BIO 405 (4 credits)
  • CHM 302 (4 credits)
  • Electives (6 credits)

Choice of Minor


Forensic Science is an interdisciplinary major. Students can minor in Criminal Justice, Biology or Environmental Science with relative ease due to the overlap of courses. Students connected with INVEST may wish to consider a minor in Business. A minor in Chemistry is not allowed due to the complete overlap with courses required in the major.  According to College policy, no more than 2 courses may count toward both a student’s major and a minor.