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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Forensic and National Security Sciences Institute (FNSSI)

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Over 90% of FNSSI employed graduates are working in an area related to their field of study.

The Forensic and National Security Sciences Institute (FNSSI) is a national research institution where you can take your first steps towards a career at the nexus of science, crime investigation and security.

One-on-one advising helps you design a course of study appropriate for your specific career goals. For example, if you are interested in a career in national security sciences, the program can be tailored to suit your career goals with additional courses in political science and law.

Your studies will span the fields of anthropology, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, earth sciences, physics, psychology and sociology. You’ll benefit from diverse coursework, real-world field experiences and extensive lab resources.

Prepare for a career solving crimes through science. You'll learn how to analyze physical crime evidence through rigorous courses, in-depth research and professional experience alongside forensic scientists.

Program highlights:

  • Specialized courses and exposure to current practices and theories taught by active researchers and experts in the field.
  • A growing number of institutional partnerships, and close proximity to the Onondaga County Wallie Howard Jr. Center for Forensic Sciences, and numerous relationships with local and federal forensic organizations.
  • Hands-on internship experiences at the Onondaga County Center for Forensic Sciences, the New York State Police Forensic Investigation Center, the FBI Laboratories, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and other federal, state, or local facilities.
  • Emphasis on student participation in laboratory research, with opportunities to write about and defend original research projects.

FNSSI provides leadership, training and research for highly qualified science practitioners with exceptional scientific skills, legal and political understanding and ethical practices.

Syracuse is uniquely poised among universities to provide the comprehensive leadership and expertise needed to combat global terrorism, promote security and support criminal forensic science.

What can I do with my forensics degree?

FNSSI programs prepare students for analyst positions in crime laboratories, private companies and federal agencies. Positions may include:

  • Certified Latent Print Examiner
  • Crime Scene Technician
  • Medicolegal Death Investigator


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posted on: Oct. 1, 2019

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