The Forensic Science Bachelor's Degree Program offers two separate emphases for students to tailor their education according to their career goals and the demand of the forensic science community.  One emphasis, Forensic Laboratory, focuses on the laboratory environment, which can lead to a career as a criminalist in a crime laboratory.  The second emphasis, Forensic Investigation, focuses on working in the field, which can lead to a career such as a crime scene investigator.

Forensic Laboratory

The Forensic Laboratory emphasis provides students with a comprehensive science-based undergraduate education, which enables students to enter into a forensic science career. Students learn the necessary technical and theoretical knowledge, skills, and abilities of modern forensic techniques. By employing the theoretical and practical principles of chemistry, biology, physics, and mathematics, students will perform forensic science work commonly conducted within a crime laboratory.

Science-based study and application of these principles expose students to a stimulating academic environment conducive to scholarly inquiry. Students gain the knowledge and ability for research-based projects and for potential improvement of the forensic community. Throughout this program, students develop and employ effective written and oral communication skills required of forensic experts, as well as demonstrate work ethic, professional demeanor, reliability, and proper interpersonal skills.

 

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate theoretical knowledge, skills and abilities of modern forensic techniques.
  • Identify evidence commonly found at crime scenes.
  • Scientifically analyze evidence used in criminal investigations.
  • Analyze principles of biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics as they pertain to the performance of forensic science work commonly conducted within a crime laboratory.
  • Evaluate scientific results of the analysis of physical evidence and correlate their importance to criminal investigations.
  • Describe legal aspects as it pertains to forensic science.
  • Describe qualifications, requirements, professional practices and ethical skills needed of the forensic expert.

 

Course Catalog

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A man measures a dusty footprint on the top of a nightstand

Forensic Investigation

The Forensic Investigation emphasis provides an interdisciplinary program that prepares students for public, state, and federal careers with needed forensic investigation subject matter expertise and analytical skills. Students are exposed to the wide variety of critically important forensic investigation techniques, which are currently practiced by various forensic service providers and law enforcement agencies today.

Students learn 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 acquire skills such as critical thinking, writing, expert testimony, and analysis techniques specifically tailored for forensic investigation fieldwork. This emphasis provides students with the overall professional skills, work ethic, and demeanor required of forensic investigators.

 

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Conduct proper crime scene documentation procedures, which include note taking, sketching, photography, crime scene reporting.
  • Identify physical evidence commonly encountered at crime scenes using various techniques from visual identification, alternate light source, and chemical enhancements.
  • Properly document, collect, and package physical evidence.
  • Analyze legal aspects as they pertain to forensic investigative work.
  • Evaluate basic to complex crime scenes critically.
  • Employ any reconstruction techniques such as bloodstain pattern analysis or shooting incident scene analysis.
  • Evaluate proper approaches/techniques for death investigations.
  • Analyze and correlate trauma to investigative planning and coordination between other agencies and the medical examiner systems.
  • Describe qualifications, requirements, professional practices and ethical skills needed of the forensic expert.

 

Course Catalog

Minor/Course List

To minor in forensics science, you must complete the following requirements highlighted in green plus six additional credits from the course list or as approved by an academic advisor. UVU offers a wide range of courses in forensic science.  Course offerings include:

 
Course Number Course Name
CJ1350 Introduction to Forensic Science
FSCI 3300 Forensic Photography
FSCI 3400 Criminalistics
FSCI 3500 Footwear and Tire Mark Evidence Examination
FSCI 3540 Forensic Trace Analysis I
FSCI 3550 Forensic Trace Analysis II
FSCI 3600 Forensic Anthropology I
FSCI 3700 Fingerprint Processing
FSCI 3720 Fingerprint Examination
FSCI 3780 Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
FSCI 3820 Crime Scene Investigation Techniques I
FSCI 3830 Crime Scene Investigation Techniques II
FSCI 3850 Marijuana Identification Certificate
FSCI 3860 Forensic Microscopy
FSCI 3880 Expert Witness Professional Practices
FSCI 4000 Firearms Examination
FSCI 4100 Forensic Pathology
FSCI 4200 Medicolegal Death Investigations
FSCI 443R Directed Research in Forensic Science
FSCI 475R Current Topics in Forensic Science
FSCI 481R Forensic Science Internship
FSCI 491R Directed Readings & Special Projects
FSCI 4990 Forensic Investigation Capstone