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Department of Forensic & Investigative Science

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    Adventure WV

    The Adventure WV program is offering a special summer orientation trip exclusively for first year students in Forensic and Investigative Science. Sign up today!

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    Ignite Your Passion

    Examine blood spatter. Establish bullet trajectory. Develop materials for funded research projects. With world-class facilities on-campus, such as a crime scene complex and state of the art laboratory experimentation, students will be challenged with real-world problems.

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    World Class Faculty

    Internationally recognized faculty will provide the support you need to underestimate the practices, research methods and information necessary to become a skilled and effective forensic scientist. Challenge yourself by working on real-world, competitively funded research projects in world-class facilities.

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    Pick your Passion

    The Department of Forensic and Investigative Science offers three areas of emphasis: Forensic biology, forensic chemistry and forensic examiner. Forensic Scientists must use the disciplines and skills of biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics. Pursue the field you’re most interested in.

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    Did You Know?

    There are 259 undergraduate students, 82% of whom are non-residents, in the program. Students come from 28 states and 2 other countries (Japan and Belize) to study and earn their Bachelor of Science degrees. Nineteen of these students call states west of the Mississippi River home, attesting to the national prominence of the WVU Forensic and Investigative Science Program.

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Forensic Science Students & Faculty

Why Study Forensic and Investigative Science at WVU?

  1. Are you naturally inquisitive?
  2. Do you love solving a puzzle?
Then a degree in forensic and investigate science from West Virginia University is the path for you!
The Department of Forensic and Investigative Science blends biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics to prepare you for an exciting career. Forensic scientists handle, analyze and interpret evidence and data for use in criminal investigations and court proceedings. One of the fastest growing careers, forensic science requires curiosity, a scientific mind, and keen attention to detail. Our students sharpen their skills alongside some of the field’s leading researchers.

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Professional Development

Technology changes, and so do the latest research methods. If you’re an existing professional, the Forensic Science Academy for Professionals is an excellent opportunity to ensure you’re up-to-date with the latest practices and methods.

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Expert Faculty

The quality of your education matters. The faculty of the Department of Forensic and Investigative Science are experts in physical evidence, gunshot residue, DNA sampling, and more of the field’s advanced elements.


FEPAC Accreditation

The Department of Forensic and Investigative Science continually meets the standards of excellence established by the industry-standard Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission. WVU’s accreditation for undergraduate and graduate education was recently extended.