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Have a question for Forensic Science? Contact us.

Carraugh Reilly Nowak, MFS
Associate Professor, FS/CSI
Chair, Criminal Justice Studies Division
142-D Bogel Hall
716-649-7900 ext. 328
carraughnowak@hilbert.edu

Dr. Habibul Bakht 
Assistant Professor of Biology
Arts & Sciences Division
140A Bogel Hall
hbakht@hilbert.edu

New Science Lab

A state-of-the-art, modern science lab is scheduled for construction this summer with completion in time for the Fall 2019 semester!

Hilbert received $150,000 from the John R. Oishei Foundation; $100,000 from the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation; $50,000 from the Russo Family Charitable Foundation; $50,000 from the Vincent and Harriet Palisano Foundation; $50,000 from the M&T Foundation; and $25,000 from the Garman Family Foundation administered by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.

This support will fund the conversion of typical classrooms into a state-of-the-art science laboratory, with spacious benches for lab work, chemical hoods with efficient ventilation systems, cabinetry, glassware, computer software, and the proper instrumentation needed to conduct scientific research projects. 

“The lab design will allow students to work in teams or on their own, while increasing faculty-student interaction. Hilbert prides itself on the personal attention offered to students. The design of these spaces fits perfectly into that model, allowing interactive support when needed, or space for independent research projects,” Hilbert Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Kristina Lantzky-Eaton, Ph.D. said.

Forensic Science/Crime Scene Investigation students practicing field work

FORENSIC SCIENCE | LABORATORY SCIENCES

The Hilbert Difference

  • Program is rooted in laboratory sciences and fulfills the requirements for pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-pharmacy, pre-veterinary, DNA analysis, and more

  • Over 400 classroom hours of hands-on training and laboratory practice.

  • Faculty with many years of actual experience in the field.

  • Internships with forensic labs, law enforcement agencies and more. 

Hilbert now has SCIENCE!  The construction of a new, modern science lab this summer will mark the beginning of a new future for Hilbert College in the applied sciences.  This addition will open new opportunities for our students in areas such as laboratory sciences, DNA analysis, pre-medical, pre-pharmacy, and more!  Best of all, it starts this fall!

Hilbert's new science degree is a four-year program which provides students with a solid foundation of knowledge in the natural/physical sciences and advanced training in the Biological Sciences, specifically Forensic DNA analysis methods and interpretation.

It also prepares students for the pursuit of advanced degrees in Forensic and Biological Sciences, including meeting Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental requirements. Typical science degrees focus on natural sciences in laboratory settings; however, this program involves the laboratory analysis of evidence that is admissible in courts of law.  Hilbert will provide a blend of the two areas with a strong emphasis on chain of custody, legal precedents, sociology of crime and expert witness testimony in relation to the analysis of physical evidence.  

The baccalaureate degree coursework includes biology, chemistry, physics, statistics, cell and molecular biology, population genetics, laws and rules of evidence and moot court. This background will promote a stronger more precise relationship between the scientific lab responsible for analysis of evidence and its relation to the criminal justice system through reliable, objective forensic DNA information used as evidence at trials. Such coursework is embedded within a well-balanced liberal arts-based scientific bachelor’s degree.

This program will provide students with the most current technological knowledge and practical applications in DNA analysis. These skills will enable students to obtain entry-level positions in a wide array of positions, including:

  • Forensic Biologist/Serologist
  • Forensic Technician
  • DNA Analyst
  • Medical/Clinical Laboratory Technologist/Technician
  • Biological Technicians
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Research Assistant

Forensic Science Outcomes

A degree in forensic science can lead to:

Medical School

Dental School

Pharmacy School

Veterinary School

DNA Analysis

Laboratory Technician