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Forensic Science - Forensic Investigation Emphasis, B.S.

Requirements

The Forensic Investigation Emphasis within the BS in Forensic Science will provide an interdisciplinary program that prepares students for public, state, and federal careers with needed forensic investigation subject matter expertise and analytical skills. This emphasis will expose students to the wide variety of critically important forensic investigation techniques, which are currently practiced within various forensic service providers and law enforcement agencies today.  Students will be exposed to various techniques such as the identification and proper collection of evidence found at crime scenes, accurate crime scene documentation skills, forensic photography, death investigations, fingerprint processing/examinations, impression evidence/examination, bloodstain pattern analysis, crime scene reconstruction, firearms and tool mark evidence/examination. Students will also acquire skills such as critical thinking, writing, expert testimony, and analysis techniques specifically tailored for forensic investigation fieldwork. This emphasis will provide students with the overall professional skills, work ethic, and demeanor required of forensic investigators. 

Total Program Credits: 126

General Education Requirements: 39 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing Humanities Social Sciences 3
Complete one of the following: 4
  MATH 1050 College Algebra (recommended for Business, Education, Science, and Health Professions majors) (4.0)  
  MATH 1055 College Algebra with Preliminaries (5.0)  
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 1610 College Biology I 4
  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: 40 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
  BIOL 1615 College Biology I Laboratory 1
  CHEM 1215 Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory 1
  CHEM 1225 Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory 1
  PHYS 2010 College Physics I 4
  PHYS 2015 College Physics I Lab 1
  PHYS 2020 College Physics II 4
  PHYS 2025 College Physics II Lab 1
  FSCI 3700 Fingerprint Processing 3
  FSCI 3820 Crime Scene Investigation Techniques I 3
  FSCI 3860 Forensic Microscopy 3
Emphasis Requirements: 27 Credits
Complete one of the Following: 3
  ZOOL 1090 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology (3.0)  
  ZOOL 2320 Human Anatomy (3.0)  
and ZOOL 2325 Human Anatomy Laboratory (1.0)  
Complete the Following:  
  FSCI 3300 Forensic Photography 3
  FSCI 3500 Footwear and Tire Mark Evidence and Examination  3
  FSCI 3780 Bloodstain Pattern Analysis  3
  FSCI 3800 Computer Forensics and Cyber Crime  3
  FSCI 3830 Crime Scene Investigation Techniques II  3
  FSCI 4100 Forensic Pathology 3
  FSCI 4200 Medicolegal Death Investigations 3
  FSCI 4990 Forensic Investigation Capstone 3
Emphasis Electives: 20 Credits
Complete 20 Credits from the Following (one course must be upper division): 20
  FSCI 3540 Forensic Trace Analysis I (3.0)  
  FSCI 3550 Forensic Trace Analysis II (3.0)  
  FSCI 3720 Fingerprint Examination (3.0)  
  FSCI 3850 Marijuana Identification Certificate (3.0)  
  FSCI 4000 Firearms Examination (3.0)  
  FSCI 443R Directed Research in Forensic Science (2.0)  
  FSCI 475R Current Topics in Forensic Science (3.0)  
  FSCI 481R Forensic Science Internship (1.0)  
  CHEM 2310 Organic Chemistry I (4.0)  
  CHEM 2315 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1.0)  
  CHEM 2320 Organic Chemistry II (4.0)  
  CHEM 2325 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (1.0)  
  CHEM 3000 Analytical Chemistry (2.0)  
  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)  
  PSY 3710 Introduction to Forensic Psychology (3.0)  
  CJ 470G Comparative Criminal Justice Systems (3.0)  
  Other Courses Approved by Advisor  

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 126 or more semester credits 40 credits of which must be upper division.
  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 (Option 1) 3
PES 1097 or HLTH 1100 Fitness for Life Or Personal Health and Wellness 2
ART 1050 Photography I 3
CJ 1010 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
  Semester total: 14
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing 3
MATH 1050
College Algebra or College Algebra with Preliminaries 4
BIOL 1610 & BIOL 1615 College Biology I and Laboratory 5
CJ 1350 Introduction to Forensic Science 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
CHEM 1210 & CHEM 1215 Principles of Chemistry I and Lab 5
COMM 1020 Public Speaking 3
CJ 1330 Criminal Law 3
CJ 1340 Criminal Investigations 3
  Semester total: 14
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
CHEM 1220 & CHEM 1225 Principles of Chemistry II and Lab 5
CJ 2350 Laws of Evidence 3
PHIL 205G Ethics and Values 3
ZOOL 1090 Introduction to Human Anatomy & Physiology 3
  Semester total: 14
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
FSCI 3400 Criminalistics 3
FSCI 3820 Crime Scene Investigation Techniques I 3
FSCI 3780 Bloodstain Pattern Analysis 3
FSCI 3500 Footwear/Tire Mark Impression Evidence & Examination 3
FSCI 3700 Fingerprint Processing 3
Elective 3
  Semester total: 18
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
FSCI 3830 Crime Scene Investigation Techniques II 3
FSCI 3300 Forensic Photography 3
FSCI 3860 Forensic Microscopy 3
Elective 3
Elective   3
Elective   2
  Semester total: 17
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
FSCI 4100 Forensic Pathology 3
PHYS 2010 & PHYS 2015 College Physics I and Lab 5
FSCI 3800 Computer Forensics and Cyber Crime 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
  Semester total: 17
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
PHYS 2020 & PHYS 2025 College Physics II and Lab 5
FSCI 4200 Medicolegal Death Investigations 3
FSCI 3880 Expert Witness Professional Practices 3
FSCI 4990 Forensic Investigation Capstone 3
Elective 3
  Semester total: 17
  Degree total: 126

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

 
 

Mission Statement

Criminal Justice Mission

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.

Forensic Science Mission

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.

Center for National Security Studies Mission

The Center for National Security Studies (CNSS) is a nonpartisan academic institution for the instruction, analysis, and discussion of the issues related to the field of U.S. national security. The mission of the CNSS is twofold: to promote an interdisciplinary academic environment on campus that critically examines both the theoretical and practical aspects of the national security policy and practice; and to assist students in preparing for public and private sector national security careers through acquisition of subject matter expertise, analytical skills, and practical experience. The CNSS partners with local, regional, national, and international public and private sector organizations to promote this mission.

Vision Statement

The vision of the Criminal Justice Department is to become a program of choice for students in the field of Criminal Justice/Forensic Science/National Security Studies. To provide students with a critical understanding of the criminal justice system, field of forensic science, area of national security, and the society in which it functions. Additionally, we aspire to be recognized by local, state, and federal law enforcement, students, alumni, and the surrounding community for our progressive  education, service, intellectual maturity, and ethical awareness.

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 and the student experience.
  • 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.
  • Advancement 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/science within the context of an interdisciplinary liberal arts education.
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, forensic science, and national security studies 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 Health & Public Service 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 Assistant: Kameron Barkle
  • Office: EN 101
  • Telephone: 801-863-7230
  • Email: Kameron.Barkle@uvu.edu
 
 

Forensic Science

  • Director, Forensic Lab Track: Gary Naisbitt
  • Office: ME 136
  • Telephone: 801-863-6505
  • Email: naisbiga@uvu.edu
  • Director, Forensic Investigation Track: Amie Houghton
  • Office: CB 303h
  • Telephone: 801-863-5797
  • Email: amie.houghton@uvu.edu
 
 
Law Enforcement
  • Director, Law Enforcement Academy: Buckey Walters
  • Office: EN 114a
  • Telephone: 801-863-8062
  • Email: buckey.walters@uvu.edu
  • Administrative Assistant: 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

Matthew Duffin(2008)

Associate Professor

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Department Chair



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



AA, General Studies, American River College; 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(2018)

Assistant Professor

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Faculty



B.A., Business Administration, National University; M.S., Strategic Studies, US Army War College; J.D., Law, California Western School of Law; LLM, University of Virginia School of Law.

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Ryan Vogel(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Faculty



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/Law Enforcement
Faculty



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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