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Forensic Science, Minor

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: 24

Matriculation Requirements:
  1.  Admitted to a bachelor degree program at UVU
Discipline Core Requirements: 15 Credits
  FSCI 3400 Criminalistics 3
  FSCI 3540 Forensic Trace Analysis I 3
  FSCI 3720 Fingerprint Examination 3
  FSCI 3820 Crime Scene Investigation Techniques I 3
  FSCI 3860 Forensic Microscopy 3
Elective Requirements: 9 Credits
  Complete 9 credits from any upper-division Forensic Science courses or other approved
electives
9

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above, with completion of each Criminal Justice class with a "C-" or higher.

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
CJ 1350*
Criminalistics 3
  Semester total: 3
*pre-req to minor  
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
FSCI 3400 Criminalistics 3
FSCI 3720 Fingerprint Examination 3
  Semester total: 6
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
FSCI 3540 Forensic Trace Analysis I 3
Forensic Science Elective 3
  Semester total: 6
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
FSCI 3820 Crime Scene Investigation Techniques I 3
Forensic Science Elective 3
  Semester total: 6
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
FSCI 3860 Forensic Microscopy 3
Forensic Science Elective 3
  Semester total: 6
  Degree total: 24

Department

Name:

Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement

Location:

EN 101

Telephone:

801-863-7230

Email:

CRIMINALJUSTICE@uvu.edu

Web Address:

uvu.edu/criminaljustice/

Chair:

Bobbi Kassel

 
 

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.

 
 

Criminal Justice

  • Department Chair: Bobbi Kassel
  • Office: EN 101d
  • Telephone: 801-863-6896
  • Email: BKassel@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
  • Coordinator: Daniel Tran
  • Office: CB 303B
  • Telephone: 801-899-5032
  • Email:  Daniel.Tran@uvu.edu
 
 

Advisors:

  • Doug Hobbs, Assists Students with Last Names Beginning– A-K
  • Office: EN 101a
  • Telephone: 801-863-5531
  • Email: Doug.Hobbs@uvu.edu
  • Katy Dollahite, Assists Students with Last Names Beginning – L-Z
  • Office: EN 101b
  • Telephone: 801-863-7748
  • Email: kdollahite@uvu.edu

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



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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Amie Balle Houghton(2016)

Assistant Professor

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Faculty

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement

B.S., Biology; M.F.S., Forensic Science, George Washington 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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Melissa Noyes(2017)

Assistant Professor

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Faculty

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement

B.S., Criminal Justice, Utah Valley University; J.D., Law, University of LaVerne College of Law.

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Michael Smidt(2018)

Assistant Professor

Department: Criminal Justice
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
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
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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