The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is the first and only public institution of higher education in the Midwest to grant the Bachelor of Science in Forensic investigation. Forensic Investigation is one of the fastest-growing specializations in the discipline of Criminal Justice, educating students in various investigative methods and crime-scene processing techniques such as fingerprint identification, crime-scene mapping, legal aspects, and forensic photography. These advanced, science-driven skills are in high demand in private industries as well as in municipal, county, state, and federal law enforcement. While graduates of Criminal Justice programs find employment in a wide variety of careers and sectors, employers have unmet needs in the forensic investigation sector. Employed as police officers, evidence technicians, investigators in private security firms, loss prevention, insurance fraud investigation, and many more, graduates will gain a better understanding of the innovative ways in which forensic investigation is utilized within American society. No other public or private university in Wisconsin offers a bachelor's degree in Forensic Investigation.
The primary goal of the program is to prepare successful forensic investigators with a strong liberal arts background equipping them with the critical thinking and reasoning skills necessary to be productive criminal justice professionals in the 21st century.
The forensic investigation major provides a thorough practical and theoretical study to the application of science within the investigative process. Students will explore the role that science plays in recognizing, documenting, collecting and preserving physical evidence at crime scenes, and how this evidence is evaluated within a courtroom setting.