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Campus History and Origin

Syracuse University was founded in 1870 as a private, coeducational university in Syracuse, New York. Classes began the following year in temporary quarters until the university moved to its current location on The Hill in 1873, occupying the Hall of Languages, which is still the iconic center of SU. Syracuse University provides a photographic journey from the late 1800s to the present, highlighting its growth from a small Methodist college to a university of national importance with more than 20,000 students and over 240,000 living alumni. Always committed to diversity, SU has embraced opportunity be it with the Syracuse-in-China program in the 1920s, the enrollment of thousands of veterans after World War II, or confounding the Say Yes to Education scholarship program for urban schools. Championship football, basketball, and lacrosse teams have also brought prestige to SU, and fans around the nation and world bleed orange along with those who work, teach, or study at the university.

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Admission Requirements

Admissions Data (2013):

  • Percent of Applicants Admitted: 49%
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile
  • SAT Critical Reading: 500 / 620
  • SAT Math: 540 / 650
  • SAT Writing: 520 / 630
  • ACT Composite: 23 / 28
  • ACT English: 22 / 28
  • ACT Math: 24 / 28

Tuition and Cost

Syracuse University has announced increases for tuition, fees, room and board for the 2014-15 school year. Tuition for full-time undergraduates will be $40,380, an increase of 3.6 percent. Undergraduate tuition for the current 2013-14 school year is $38,970.  

     Campus Life

Orange After Dark is a series of epic late-night programs and events for Syracuse University undergraduate students sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs. Activities begin after 10 p.m. as a way to provide students with fun and unique programs that enhance the total college experience. Tickets go on sale 10 days prior to the event for $3.

Degree Plan: Forensic Science

Required: GPA of at least 2.0; and complete all the requirements of one of the following majors: Anthropology, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Physics, Psychology, and Sociology. Other requisite majors will be considered based on student proposals that include appropriate connection courses and with the approval of the director.

Required Entry Courses:

  • CHE 113 Introduction to Forensic Science 4
  • FSC 406 Advanced Forensic Science 3
  • MAT 221 Elementary Probability and Statistics or FSC 431 Statistics for the Forensic Sciences (PSY 252 may be taken instead by PSY majors)

Connection Courses: must take the one designated for the primary major

  • ANT 436 Bioarcheology or ANT 433 Human Skeletal Anatomy (for ANT majors) 3
  • FSC 444 Forensic Chemical Analysis 4 (for BIO, BCM, CHE, EAR, PHY majors)
  • PSY 474 Forensic Psychology or FSC 452 Forensic Mental Health (for PSY majors) 3
  • SOC 334 Criminal Justice (for SOC majors) 3

Electives: three courses; may also take other connection courses as electives

  • ANT 434 Anthropology of Death 3
  • BIO 326 Genetics 3
  • BIO 462 Molecular Genetics 3
  • FSC 440 Special Topics in Advanced Forensic Science 3 (May take any number of times with different topics)
  • FSC 451 Forensic Pathology
  • FSC 453 Forensic Toxicology
  • FSC 461 Firearms & Impression Evidence
  • FSC 462 Forensic Entomology
  • FSC 463 Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
  • FSC 465 Latent Prints
  • FSC 467 Forensic Photography
  • FSC 468 Crime Scene Investigation
  • FSC 490 Independent Study 3
  • NUC 520 Radiochemistry, Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing and Nonproliferation
  • SOC 397 Criminology 3

Required Capstone

  • FSC 498 Capstone Seminar in Forensic Science 3

Total credits 25 or 26

Cover letter for Forensic Crime Scene Investigator

Dale Nivens

New Cityland Police Department

New Cityland NY 10013

May 19, 2015

Dear Mr. Nivens,

As a highly skilled Crime Scene Investigator I read your posting for a new Crime Scene Investigator with interest. My experience aligns well with the qualifications you are seeking for at the New Cityland Police Department. I know that my criminal justice background as well as work in the law enforcement would be an asset to the department and I would make a valuable addition to your organization.

With more than 5 years’ experience in working in all aspects of investigation including forensics and making sure that crime scenes are not tampered with, I am adept in processing science, gathering evidence, and transporting samples properly. My on the job experience has offered me a well rounded skill set, including first rate analytical and communication abilities. I excel at assisting with the investigation of homicides and in providing expert court testimony.

In addition to my experience and personal qualities, I have a solid educational foundation and a passion for crime scene investigation. I am extremely enthusiastic about the New Cityland Police Department’s focus on clearing cold cases and would welcome the opportunity to contribute to your success.

I know that securing a crime scene is the most important aspect to figuring out what happened and who was responsible for the crime. For this reason, I know that I would add a positive contribution to any crime scene investigation team that I am put by your department.

Thank you for your time and consideration.


Crystal Hernandez

Letter of Recommendation

To To Whom It May Concern:

It has been 8 years since I have known Crystal Hernandez, as both, a close friend and colleague. I was first introduced to Crystal when I joined the New York Sheriff's Department, where she was working as a Crime Scene Investigator. I am writing this reference letter with regard to her application for your department's new Crime Scene Investigator position.

Crystal is one of the most disciplined and punctual person I've ever known. Her ability to work efficiently under stressful conditions and nerve-wracking deadlines speaks volumes about her hard work, determination, and composed demeanor. She always worked well and demonstrated excellent leadership skills and morale.

I would also like to add that, Crystal is a compassionate human being with praiseworthy perseverance and ambition. I believe that she is a deserving candidate for the position and would prove to be an indispensable asset for your organization. I thereby, strongly recommend Crystal for the aforementioned post.


Victoria Diaz


Crystal Hernandez

12345 king crest El Paso, Texas 79938
Phone: (915) 123-4566 E-Mail:


To obtain a Criminal Investigator position in a professional environment in which I will progressively utilize my extensive criminal justice educational background and experience.


Crime Scene Investigator in New York sheriff's Department [February 2022- present]

  • Utilize advanced technology to document crime scenes.
  • Dust environments to find latent fingerprints.
  • Sample fluid stains and smears for testing.
  • Collect physical evidence from the scene for later processing.
  • Go over each scene carefully to uncover evidence, including trace materials.

Crime Scene investigator in King County Sheriff's Department

  • Oversaw and carefully processed crime scenes.
  • Developed case plans and conducted comprehensive investigation tactics to obtain necessary evidence.
  • Wrote accurate and timely reports regarding evidence findings.
  • Took photographs and sketched scene layouts.
  • Assisted in development of internal and external training presentations.

Crime Scene investigator in Queens County Sheriff’s department

  • Analyzed and documented crime scene data, including blood and fire patterns, trace evidence, and bullet trajectories.
  • Testified under oath in administrative hearings and criminal court cases.
  • Organized records of all information and material pertinent to open investigations.
  • Maintained detailed log of all cases assigned in order to monitor progress and completion.


HS Diploma 2014-2018

Pebble Hills High School

Top 10%

Bachelors in criminal justice /forensic science 2018-2021

Syracuse University

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  • Expertise in forensic areas of ballistics, fingerprinting, biochemistry, handwriting etc
  • Highly skilled at collecting, packaging and transporting the samples to laboratory safely
  • Honest commitment towards work that inspires to respond to emergencies any time of the day, under any weather conditions and within any geographical area
  • Brilliant observational, analytical and problem solving skills
  • Excellent physical endurance that allows performing field-related activities effortlessly

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