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Forensic Science, B.S.

Requirements

Students in Criminal Justice may receive a Certificate of Proficiency in Law Enforcement Academy, an Associate in Science Degree in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice, or a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forensic Science.

Total Program Credits: 121

General Education Requirements: 38 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
  ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing--Science and Technology 3
  MATH 1050 College Algebra (recommended for Business, Education, Science, and Health Professions majors) 4
 or MATH 1055 College Algebra with Preliminaries (5.0) 4
Complete one of the following: 3
  HIST 1700 American Civilization (3.0)  
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877 (3.0)  
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877 (3.0)  
  HIST 1740 US Economic History (3.0)  
  POLS 1000 American Heritage (3.0)  
  POLS 1100 American National Government (3.0)  
Complete the following:  
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness (2.0)  
or PES 1097 Fitness for Life 2
Distribution Courses:  
  BIOL 1010 General Biology 3
  CHEM 1210 Principles of Chemistry I 4
  CHEM 1220 Principles of Chemistry II 4
  COMM 1020 Public Speaking (recommended for Humanities Distribution) 3
  ART 1050 Photography I (recommended for Fine Arts Distribution) 3
  CJ 1010 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
Discipline Core Requirements: 60 Credits
Forensic Science Foundational Courses:  
  CJ 1330 Criminal Law 3
  CJ 1340 Criminal Investigations 3
  CJ 1350 Introduction to Forensic Science 3
  CJ 2350 Laws of Evidence 3
  FSCI 3400 Criminalistics 3
  FSCI 3880 Expert Witness Professional Practices 3
Complete the following:  
  BIOL 1015 General Biology Laboratory 1
  CHEM 1215 Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory 1
  CHEM 1225 Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory 1
  CHEM 2310 Organic Chemistry I 4
  CHEM 2315 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 1
  CHEM 2325 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory 1
  CHEM 2320 Organic Chemistry II 4
  PHYS 2010 College Physics I 4
  PHYS 2015 College Physics I Lab 1
  MATH 1210 Calculus I 5
  STAT 2040 Principles of Statistics 4
  FSCI 3500 Footwear Impression Evidence 3
or FSCI 3520 Tire Imprint Evidence (3.0)  
  FSCI 3540 Forensic Trace Analysis I 3
  FSCI 3700 Fingerprint Examination I 3
  FSCI 3820 Crime Scene Investigation Techniques I 3
  FSCI 3860 Forensic Microscopy 3
Elective Requirements: 23 Credits
Complete 15 credits from the following courses: 15
  FSCI 3500 Footwear Impression Evidence (3.0)  
  FSCI 3520 Tire Imprint Evidence (3.0)  
  FSCI 3550 Forensic Trace Analysis II (3.0)  
  FSCI 3720 Fingerprint Examination II (3.0)  
  FSCI 3740 Fingerprint Examination III (3.0)  
  FSCI 3780 Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (3.0)  
  FSCI 3800 Computer Forensics and Cyber Crime (3.0)  
  FSCI 3850 Marijuana Identification Certificate (3.0)  
  FSCI 4400 Forensic Chemistry (3.0)  
  FSCI 440L Forensic Chemistry Laboratory (1.0)  
  FSCI 443R Directed Research in Forensic Science (2.0)  
  FSCI 481R Forensic Science Internship (1.0)  
  CHEM 3000 Analytical Chemistry (2.0)  
and CHEM 3005 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory (2.0)  
  CHEM 3600 Biological Chemistry (3.0)  
  CHEM 3605 Biochemistry Laboratory (1.0)  
  CHEM 3700 Forensic Analytical Chemistry (3.0)  
  CHEM 4000 Instrumental Analysis (2.0)  
  CHEM 4005 Instrumental Analysis Laboratory (2.0)  
  ENGL 3300 Collaborative Communication for Technology Professions (3.0)  
  GEO 3400 Forensic Geology (4.0)  
Complete 8 credits of any courses 3000 or higher 8

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 121 or more semester credits.
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above (departments may require a higher GPA).
  3. Residency hours: minimum of 30 credit hours through course attendance at UVU, with at least 10 hours earned in the last 45 hours.
  4. Completion of GE and specified departmental requirements.
  5. Successful completion of at least one Global/Intercultural course.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track.

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and Italicized.

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
American Institutions 3
PES 1097 or HLTH 1100 Fitness for Life Or Personal Health and Wellness 2
CJ 1010 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
Fine Arts (ART 1050 recommended) 3
  Semester total: 14
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing--Science and Technology 3
MATH 1050 or MATH 1055
College Algebra or College Algebra with Preliminaries 4
PHIL 205G Ethics and Values 3
BIOL 1010 & BIOL 1015 General Biology and Lab 4
CJ 1350 Introduction to Forensic Science 3
  Semester total: 17
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
CHEM 1210 & CHEM 1215 Principles of Chemistry I and Lab 5
Humanities (COMM 1020 recommended) 3
CJ 1330 Criminal Law 3
CJ 1340 Criminal Investigations 3
FSCI 3400 Criminalistics 3
  Semester total: 17
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
CHEM 1220 & CHEM 1225 Principles of Chemistry II and Lab 5
CJ 2350 Laws of Evidence 3
FSCI 3700 Fingerprint Examination I 3
Elective 3
  Semester total: 14
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
CHEM 2310 & CHEM 2315 Organic Chemistry I and Lab 5
MATH 1210 Calculus I 5
FSCI 3540 Forensic Trace Analysis I 3
Elective 3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
CHEM 2320 & CHEM 2325 Organic Chemistry II and Lab 5
MATH 2040 Principles of Statistics 4
FSCI 3820 Crime Scene Investigation Techniques I 3
Elective 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
PHYS 2010 & PHYS 2015 College Physics I and Lab 5
FSCI 3860 Forensic Microscopy 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
  Semester total: 14
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
FSCI 3500 or FSCI 3520 Footwear Impression Evidence or Tire Imprint Evidence 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 2
FSCI 3880 Expert Witness Professional Practices 3
  Semester total: 14
  Degree total: 121

Department

Name:

Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement

Location:

EN 101

Telephone:

801-863-7230

Email:

kameron.barkle@uvu.edu

Web Address:

uvu.edu/criminaljustice/

Chair:

Matthew L. Duffin

Chair UVU Email

Matthew.Duffin@uvu.edu

 
 

Mission Statement

Mission, Goals, and Values

The Criminal Justice program is committed to fostering a challenging and intellectually stimulating environment that provides a broad range of interactive academic and field experiences. An understanding and appreciation of the theory, research, policy and practice of criminal justice, as a unique discipline, will be advanced. The department will promote the development of future professionals who are capable of assuming responsibility for the research, continuing scholarship and administration of the criminal justice system.

The Forensic Science program is committed to fostering a challenging and intellectually stimulating environment that provides a broad range of interactive academic and field experiences. An understanding and appreciation of theory, research, policy and practice of forensic science, as a unique discipline, will be advanced. The department will promote the development of future professionals who are capable of assuming responsibility for the research, continuing scholarship and administration of forensic science.

The following values will dictate our actions in carrying out these missions:

  • Academically and professionally qualified faculty.
  • Superior teaching.
  • Scholarly activities that enhance and strengthen teaching.
  • Continued re-evaluation, assessment, and corrections to curriculum.
  • Ethical awareness and conduct.
  • Cooperation, communication, and diversity across the curriculum.
  • Development of sensitivity toward, and appreciation for, cultural diversity. Development of analytical and critical thinking skills essential to the criminal justice field.
  • Preparation for the technologically sophisticated legal environment of the 21st century.

Advancement of the study of law within the context of an interdisciplinary liberal arts education.


The vision of the Criminal Justice Department is to become an academic program in the field of Criminal Justice recognized by students, and alumni, which provides them with a critical understanding of the total system of criminal justice and the society in which it functions. Additionally, we aspire to be recognized by local, state, and federal law enforcement communities for our progressive education, service, intellectual maturity, and ethical awareness.

The vision of the Forensic Science area of the Criminal Justice Department is to become an academic program in the field of Forensic Science recognized by students, and alumni, which provides a critical understanding of the investigation procedures for forensic evidence and the society in which it functions. Additionally, we aspire to be recognized by local, state, and federal law enforcement communities for our progressive education, service, intellectual maturity, and ethical awareness.

The following strategies/goals are being pursued to move toward the above vision:
Develop a comprehensive forensic curriculum in cooperation with the science department.
Organize a Skills USA criminal justice program. Increase the number of students in both the criminal justice and the forensic science programs.
Continue curriculum improvement efforts and link assessment more closely to competencies.

Increase rigor/scholarship across the curriculum.
Actively participate in professional organizations.
Promote scholarly research and development within the faculty.

Contribution to Overall UVU Mission

The departmental mission was developed to contribute to the College of Aviation & Public Services mission which, in turn, contributes to UVU’s mission. Critical to our program is a focus on developing a curriculum, along with other departments at UVU, which prepares our students to be competent for employment or advanced education and excellence in teaching, scholarship, and community service.

 

 
 

Criminal Justice

  • Administrative Contact: Kameron Barkle
  • Office: EN 101
  • Telephone: 801-863-7230
  • Email: Kameron.Barkle@uvu.edu
 
 

Forensic Science

  • Director: Gary Naisbitt
  • Office: ME 136
  • Telephone: 801-863-6505
  • Email: naisbiga@uvu.edu
 
 
Law Enforcement
  • Director Police Academy: Steve DeMille
  • Office: EN 114a
  • Telephone: 801-863-8062
  • Email:   demillst@uvu.edu
  • Administrative Support: Patrice Bollen
  • Office: EN 114
  • Telephone: 801-863-6156
  • Email: Patrice.bolen@uvu.edu
  • Mail Stop: 286
 
 

National Security Studies

  • Director: Ryan J. Vogel
  • Office: CB 310J
  • Telephone: 801-863-6891
  • Email: Ryan.Vogel@uvu.edu
 
 

Advisors:

Faculty

Kenneth Crook(2007)

Associate Professor

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Faculty



B.A., Middle East History, J.D., Brigham Young University.

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Matthew Duffin(2008)

Associate Professor

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Department Chair

Department: Public Service Graduate Studies

B.S., Business Management, J.D., Brigham Young University; LL.M., Military/International Contracts Law, United States Army Judge Advocate General’s School.

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Stott Harston(2000)

Associate Professor

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Faculty



B.A., Political Science, J.D., Brigham Young University.

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Marcy Hehnly(2014)

Assistant Professor

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Faculty



B.S., Criminal Justice, M.S., Human Resource Management, Troy University; Ph.D., Human Services, Cappella University.

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Bobbi Kassel(2014)

Assistant Professor

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Faculty



B.S., Criminal Justice, Utah Valley University; M.Ed., Instruction Design, University of Utah.

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Richard Los(2015)

Lecturer

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Faculty



B.S., M.P.A., Justice Administration, Brigham Young University.

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Gary Naisbitt(2005)

Associate Professor

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Faculty



B.A., German, Weber State College; Ph.D., Biochemistry, Brigham Young University.

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Michael Smidt(2017)

Assistant Professor

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Faculty

Department: Public Service Graduate Studies

JD, Law, California Western School of Law; A.A., Arts, Fayetteville State University; M.M.S., Strategic Studies, US Army War College; L.L.M., Law, University of Virginal School of Law; B.B.A., Business Administration, National University.

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Ryan Vogel(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: Criminal Justice
Faculty

Department: Public Service Graduate Studies

B.S., Integrated Studies, Utah Valley University; M.A., International Affairs, J.D., American University; J.D., LLM, Public International Law, Georgetown University.

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Dan Waddington(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: Criminal Justice
Faculty

Department: Public Service Graduate Studies

B.S., Justice Administration, Brigham Young University; M.P.A., California State University; Ph.D., Criminal Justice, University of Albany.

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Careers

Careers:
For those trained in Forensic Science, opportunities exist in local, county and state law enforcement crime labs, commercial drug screening laboratories, Fingerprint Specialist, Criminalist, Corporate Security Forensic Scientist, Trace Evidence Examiner, Quality Assurance Officer, and other areas depending on job availability and opportunities. There are also opportunities in federal laboratories such as Food and Drug Administration; U.S. Postal Service; FBI; Alcohol, Tobacco, and Fire Arms; Department of Justice; Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); and U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory.

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