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Department of Forensic & Investigative Science

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    Ignite Your Passion

    Students in the Forensic and Investigative Science Department have opportunities to explore their studies in unusual laboratory and field situations, while learning skills that they will use in their professional careers. The department's programs are supported by unique facilities such as a crime scene complex of four houses and a vehicle processing center and new contemporary science laboratories that include state-of-the-art instrumentation, thus insuring the best possible learning environment for you. This is just one reason to pick WVU!

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    Our Professors Are There for You!

    The faculty are skilled scholars and internationally recognized researchers. The range of faculty expertise enriches the curriculum. Students often work on a faculty member's competitively funded research projects; as a consequence, students are exposed to rigorous, scientific interactions with faculty that enhance their education. The faculty have more than 150 combined years of forensic laboratory experience, and serve on numerous national boards and commissions and as forensic consultants.

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    Students Solve Problems using an Interdisciplinary Approach

    Solving forensic science questions relies on the knowledge and techniques found among the disciplines of chemistry, biology, physics, and mathematics. We offer three areas of emphasis: forensic biology, forensic chemistry, and forensic examiner. One or more is right for you! Check out each to find the perfect fit for your interests.

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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

The Forensic Science Academy for Professionals train experts in the field who are often required to complete a certain number of professional development courses to make sure they are keeping up with the latest practices.  Check out the courses offered by the department.  

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Expert Faculty

Professors in the Forensic and Investigative Science Department are research faculty and have over 150 combined years of experience in forensic field work.  Our faculty members also  retains high positions on national forensic science committees and boards.


FEPAC Accreditation

A FEPAC Accreditation means that our program has been reviewed by professionals and academicians and meets the standards of excellence established by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to providing our students with a contemporary curriculum that prepares them to solve real world problems.