Dear Prospective Students, Parents, Alumni, and Friends:
Forensic science programs of variable quality are appearing at many institutions. How do you decide which is right for you? Why should you consider WVU?
It is an individual decision based on many factors, but some things you should know about WVU…
Accredited programs such as ours have to meet rigorous standards in our classes, structure, facilities, and faculty qualifications. A degree from an accredited institution carries significant weight in the forensic science community and that will become increasingly important as the number of forensic science graduates enter the job market. Our program is approaching the decade-old mark and was one of the first accredited programs in the nation.
We employ full-time faculty with real forensic experience, professors whose one and only job is to pass their knowledge and experience to the next generation of forensic leaders.
All of our students complete a rigorous, 420-hour summer internships at locations such as the United States Secret Service, state and local police agencies and labs, and forensic laboratories nationwide. Working with students, we organize the internships, check on progress, and insure that the experience helps you mature from a student to a forensic professional. Many students obtain their first job as a a result of their internship, either directly or indirectly. Upon graduation from the Forensic and Investigative Science Program, students will be able to:
- Take data generated during a forensic investigation and prepare for trial. Students should be able to testify to the interpretation of the evidence.
- Demonstrate competency in the collection, processing, analyses, and evaluation of evidence.
- Present a portfolio including their resume, certification forms, internship experiences, and any other learning experiences they have achieved.
- Demonstrate their application of skills and knowledge in a professional environment that they have acquired through their internship experience.
It’s your education. It’s your career. Do your homework and pick the right program for you. Selecting a university is a family decision that represents years of financial and emotional support and commitment. We welcome inquiries from prospective students, parents and families about our program, faculty, and facilities. Feel free to contact us with any other questions you may have about the program.
Director, Forensic and Investigative Science Program
Ming Hsieh Distinguished Professor