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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:

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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