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Forensic Investigation

Forensic Investigation – Major Code 051T
Bachelor of Science

The curriculum of the program emphasizes breadth of knowledge and the development of analytical skills. Familiarity with fundamental theories and practices within the social and natural sciences, enhanced communication skills, and an understanding of the limits and uses of forensic techniques form a base from which the student develops either a plan for entry into a graduate program or a career path. The program emphasizes the historical evolution of investigative techniques and terminology and the use of scientific methods to reconstruct the recent past. The program is appropriate for those planning a career as investigators as well as current practitioners. The curriculum combines classroom instruction, hands-on laboratory and practical field applications, and practicum experience. Students have the flexibility to select courses tailored for future graduate school admissions. Among the notable program’s features are a course in research methods, a senior thesis, and a capstone practicum externship that places the student in a supervised setting for professional competence development.

The major requires 120 credit hours, including, among other requirements, completion of the Forensic Investigation Core curriculum consisting of foundational knowledge for investigators, documentation skills, crime scene and evidence analysis, legal parameters of investigation, interviewing and court room testimony. Students must earn a minimum grade of “C” in each FRNX course, maintain an overall 2.0 GPA for graduation, and complete 15 clock hours of department approved community service. The program requires completion of fifteen (15) hours of restricted electives selected with the approval of the student’s advisor and allowing the student to tailor an undergraduate program for graduate school admissions or for greater exposure to investigative courses. They include:

ACCT 420 Fraud Examination 

CHEM 234 Organic Chemistry II 

FRNX 324 Forensic Anthropology 

BIOL 111 General Biology 

CHEM 235 Organic Chemistry Lab 

FRNX 314 Questioned Documents

BIOL 112 General Biology 

CHEM 236 Organic Chemistry Lab 

FRNX 326 Investigative Intelligence 

BIOL 303 Genetics 

CHEM 310 Instrumental Analysis 

FRNX 327 Sexual Assault Investigations

CMJS 133 Juvenile Justice 

CHEM 313 Inst. Analysis Lab 

FRNX 422 Cold Case Investigations

CMJS 134 Substance Abuse Policy 

COMM 100 Principles of Human Comm. 

SOCA 232 Criminology

CMJS 410 Criminal Investigations 

FRNX 224 AFIS 

SOCA 302 Deviant Behavior

CHEM 233 Organic Chemistry 

FRNX 312 Digital Evidence 

POLS 400 Terrorism and National Security

HUMS 489 Additional practicum hours up to a total of 12.

Program Learning Outcomes
This program has the following specific outcomes:

The B.S. in Forensic Investigation at WVU Tech is designed to create investigators by immersing students in hands-on, problem-based exercises that explore the social and natural sciences, the justice system and criminalistics (analytical tools used in the investigation of crime). This immersion develops critical and analytical thinking skills that will serve the student in any profession and are especially well suited to crime-scene analysts and technicians, civil and criminal investigators and as a preparation for a graduate education.