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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: 12 Credits
  FSCI 3400 Criminalistics 3
  FSCI 3500 Footwear Impression Evidence (3.0)  
or FSCI 3520 Tire Imprint Evidence 3
  FSCI 3700 Fingerprint Examination I 3
  FSCI 3720 Fingerprint Examination II 3
Elective Requirements: 12 Credits
  Complete 12 credits from any upper-division Criminal Justice or Forensic Science courses or IT 2800 12

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Overall gradepoint average of 2.5 in all CJ courses, FSCI courses, and no grade lower than a C- in FSCI specialty core and elective courses.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is intended to be a guide. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track.

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
FSCI 3400 Criminalistics 3
  Semester total: 3
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
FSCI 3700 Fingerprint Examination I 3
  Semester total: 3
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
FSCI 3720  Fingerprint Examination II 3
  Semester total: 3
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
FSCI 3500 or 
FSCI 3520
Footwear Impression Evidence  or  Tire Imprint Evidence 3
  Semester total: 3
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
FSCI/CJ Upper Division Elective  3
  Semester total: 3
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
FSCI/CJ Upper Division Elective  3
  Semester total: 3
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
FSCI/CJ Upper Division Elective (2 Classes)  6
  Semester total: 6
  Degree total: 24

Department

Name:

Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement

Location:

EN 101

Telephone:

801-863-7230

Email:

melissa.noyes@uvu.edu

Web Address:

uvu.edu/criminaljustice/

Chair:

Matthew L. Duffin

 
 

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 Support: 
    Kameron Barkle
  • Office: EN 101
  • Telephone: 801-863-7230
  • Email: Kameron.Barkle@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
 
 

Forensic Science

  • Director: Gary Naisbitt
  • Office: ME 136
  • Telephone: 801-863-6505
  • Email: naisbiga@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



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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Curtis Fillmore(1997)

Associate Professor

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Faculty



B.S., Sociology, M.P.A., Public Administration, 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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Stott Harston(2000)

Associate Professor

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Faculty



B.A., Political Science, J.D., Brigham Young 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., Instructionl Design, University of Utah.

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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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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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