Majors, Minors, & Certificates

Forensic Science

The forensic science minor complements a wide range of majors by providing students with a concentration of forensic science coursework. It is designed to prepare students for future graduate education and/or on the job training in specialized fields within forensic science.

​Siena’s forensic science program is unique in that it relates the delicate balance between science, criminal law, crime investigation and a liberal arts education. The coursework examines the scope of knowledge required for understanding and appreciation of forensic detection, resolution and prosecution. Although the Forensic Science Minor resides within Chemistry and Biochemistry department, it is designed to allow both non-science and science majors to successfully complete its requirements - the minor is intended to serve the entire student population of Siena College.

Program Highlights

  • This minor will compliment a major who will seek employment in, but not exclusive to, fields like education, management, law, medicine, natural science, law enforcement, or criminology.
  • Graduates with this minor will be exposed to the types of scientific instrumentation and techniques employed in forensic investigations.
  • Graduates with this minor will also learn about other facets of the overall conduct of a forensic investigation, and the myriad of topics that forensic science encompasses.

Academic Tracks

Since the Forensic Science Minor is intended to serve the entire student population of Siena College, students completing this minor will have the option to choose from courses that are related to the track’s focus. Some examples of possible academic tracks for the Forensic Science Minor are:

  • Forensic Accounting
  • Forensic Art and Sculpting
  • Forensic DNA Analysis
  • Ethics in Forensic Science

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Siena College is a dynamic community with students preparing for graduate and professional schools as well as careers in diverse fields ranging from nanofabrication to medicine. Our program strongly emphasizes close interactions between faculty and students in our classes and cutting-edge research.


Career Opportunities

​Forensic Scientists Collect, identify, classify, and analyze physical evidence related to criminal investigations. Perform tests on weapons or substances, such as fiber, hair, and tissue to determine significance to investigation. May testify as expert witnesses on evidence or crime laboratory techniques. May serve as specialists in area of expertise, such as ballistics, fingerprinting, handwriting, or biochemistry.

Job titles include: Crime Laboratory Analyst, Crime Scene Analyst, CSI (Crime Scene Investigator), Crime Scene Technician (Crime Scene Tech), Evidence Technician, Forensic Science Examiner, Forensic Scientist, Forensic Specialist, Latent Fingerprint Examiner and Latent Print Examiner.


The median annual wage was $52,840 in 2012.


Employment is projected to grow 3-5% from 2012 to 2022.