The mission of the forensic science program is to prepare the student, through the development of student knowledge and laboratory skills, for post-baccalaureate training and careers in forensic science and related fields, in an environment that emphasizes faculty-student mentoring.
The objectives of the forensic science program are to graduate students who:
- Possess knowledge essential to a broad understanding of forensic science and the underlying scientific and legal concepts, with particular knowledge in crime scene investigation, firearms and pattern comparison, genetics, molecular biology, forensic chemistry and forensic toxicology
- Develop and demonstrate competence in forensic science methods and instrumentation, data collection and interpretation, through hands-on experiential learning
- Be able to make reasoned decisions and ethical choices to obtain, report and communicate their results with integrity
- Develop the ability to communicate effectively through both oral and written methods and in both scientific and courtroom environments
- Have an attention to detail necessary for thorough and rigorous evidence analysis
- Demonstrate the ability to effectively work independently through an independent project, original research and/or an internship experience