The primary objective of the major is to provide a quality education in the theory and practice of methodologies and analysis used in the forensic investigation process. The specific academic objectives and intended learning outcomes of students of the B.S. program in Forensic Investigation are as follows.
Graduates of the Forensic Investigation should:
- Analyze and evaluate social, cultural, and technological change and its impact on forensic investigate in writing and oral communication.
- Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of substantive areas within the discipline of forensic investigation and its relationship to the discipline of criminal justice.
- Develop professional expertise and ethics in describing items of physical evidence at a crime scene, and utilize methods of collection, preservation, analysis, comparison, and report preparation.
- Identify the legal issues involved in crime scene processing and evidence collection and explain fundamental crime scene processing techniques with various types of physical evidence.
- Develop a realistic and broader perspective of the theories, techniques and practices which apply to virtually all investigations.
- Understand the role of the forensic investigator as an expert witness.