Department of Criminal Justice

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Effective Time and Date (CST):
Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 9:15pm

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Programs

The Department of Criminal Justice currently offers students the choice between two majors, two minors, and three emphases. Students may choose to declare either a criminal justice major or a forensic investigation major. For those who choose the criminal justice major, they may also choose an emphasis to accompany the major. The emphases to choose from include: law enforcement, corrections, or forensic investigation. Non-criminal justice or non-forensic investigation majors may choose either a criminal justice minor or a forensic investigation minor to accompany whichever major they are currently pursuing outside of the Department of Criminal Justice. More info...

Faculty

The criminal justice faculty have a wide range of academic and criminal justice experience to enable them to offer a diverse and meaningful educational experience.  The criminal justice department is large enough to ensure personal contact between student and faculty. For a full listing of faculty, see our faculty and staff page.

Facilities

The usual requirement for employment in a crime lab to analyze physical evidence is a Bachelor of Science in chemistry although a Bachelor of Science in biology is sometimes useful. The departments of chemistry/physics, biology and criminal justice cooperate to prepare qualified students to be crime laboratory analysts.

  • Forensic Investigation Crime Scene House (FICSH)
    Built specifically for forensic investigation, this completely furnished house provides students with realistic interior crime scenes. It is a unique opportunity to transition from the classroom to the crime scene.
  • Forensic Investigation Research Facility
    Located adjacent to the FICSH, the FIRF is approximately 1.5 acres of fenced land upon which students are able to conduct mock crime scene practicals. It is a working research facility to gather and analyze data on the effects of time and weather on the decomposition rate of remains, specifically hog carcasses.
  • Forensic Investigation Laboratory
    This classroom contains state of the art equipment to train students in forensic investigation techniques such as an Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS).

Information about facilities

For more information or questions about criminal justice facilities, contact:

Dr. Pat Solar
Director of Facilities
E-mail: solarp@uwplatt.edu 
Tel: 608.342.1622

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