2020-2021 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Apr 10, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Course Catalog

Biomedical Forensic Sciences, MS

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Michael Sponsler, sponsler@syr.edu, 1-014 Center Sci & Tech, 315-443-4880

Professor of Chemistry, Director of Curricular Programs for the Forensic and National Security Sciences Institute at Syracuse University


James Hewett, James T. Spencer, Michael B. Sponsler, Robert Silver, Ulrich Englich, Michael Marciano, Jonathan Adelman, James Crill

M.S. in Biomedical Forensic Sciences

The M.S. in Biomedical Forensic Sciences is intended for students aimed toward bioforensic careers and/or medical school. The degree program may serve as a post-baccalaureate program for pre-medical students who wish to enhance their academic credentials for admission to medical school. The degree is very well suited for careers in forensic pathology or forensic toxicology. The degree requires 36 credits, as outlined below.


GRE or MCAT, three (3) letters of recommendation and official undergraduate transcripts

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Define the field of forensic science and describe how it overlaps with their particular interests

2. Describe the relationship and interplay between forensic science and the legal system

3. Explain the importance of ethical standards and describe the means through which such standards are upheld in forensic science

4. Demonstrate how biological evidence is analyzed in a laboratory, including presumptive testing and confirmatory testing with various techniques and instruments

5. Explain the goals and methods of forensic pathology and forensic toxicology and the interplay between them

6. Employ statistical methods and evaluate statistical results to solve problems in forensic science and to communicate findings

Required Coursework:

Elective Courses - 21 credits required

At least one * course required

Seminar Requirement

Each student is required to participate in the FNSSI seminar program by attending at least 50% of the seminars during their semesters as an M.S. student in Syracuse.

Total: 36 credits

Degree: Master of Science

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