College Catalog
Academic Programs - School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Forensic Science Studies
Associate in Science
HEGIS #5619
Chairperson: Dr. Ann B. Geisendorfer
Amstuz Science Hall, Suite 300, (518) 629-7342

The Forensic Science Studies program addresses the interdisciplinary nature of forensic science. Forensic Science is the application of science to the criminal justice system. The course of study focuses heavily on criminal justice and the sciences. The graduate will have an opportunity to transfer seamlessly to John Jay College of Criminal Justice, one of the world's forensic science leaders.

The A.S. Forensic Science Studies program is designed to prepare students to transfer into a Forensic Science bachelor’s degree program. There is no limitation of program acceptances, but students should apply early and be advised to ensure appropriate seats in the sciences.

Criminal Justice agencies require background checks for employment and internships.

All Criminal Justice courses must have been taken within seven years in order to be applicable toward this degree program. Only four Criminal Justice courses may be transferred into the program. CRJS 245 must be taken at Hudson Valley. The transfer student must have a minimum of 3.0 in chemistry and college-level math.

Courses Entry Term Special Notes H.S. Average
Algebra, geometry and algebra II or 3 units of equivalent academic math, Regents chemistry Fall and Spring Students transferring in from other institutions and other Hudson Valley programs who wish to be admitted to the program will be required to have a minimum GPA of 2.5. An interview with Department Chairperson is required for current Hudson Valley Community College students. 78 or above

The estimated cost of books for the student enrolled in the first full-time term as outlined would be approximately $500.


Course No.


Credit Hrs.

BIOL 150 General Biology I 4
BIOL 151 General Biology II 4
CHEM 110 General Chemistry I 4
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I I 4
CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry II 4
CRJS 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRJS 245 Forensic Science I 3
ENGL 101 English Composition I 3
ENGL 104 English Composition II: Writing About Literature 3
MATH 160 Precalculus OR 4
(2) Restricted Elective II
MATH 180 Caulculus I 4
PHYS 150 Physics I 4
PHYS 151 Physics II 4
(1) Restricted Elective I 6
(2) Restricted Elective II 3
(3) Restricted Social Science Elective 3
Total Credits Required 64

(1) Courses must be designated as both "SUNY General Education" and "HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences" courses. The courses must also be from two different areas: AH, OC, WC, FL or AR.

(2) Courses fulfilling this requirement: BIOL 205, BIOL 230, BIOL 275, BIOL 285, BIOL 290, CHEM 205, MATH 135, MATH 150 or any course with department chairperson approval.

(3) Courses fulfilling this requirement: PSYC 100, SOCL 100.