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Forensic scientists collect, analyze, and interpret evidence and data for use in criminal investigations and court proceedings. By choosing an area of focus - Biology, Chemistry, or Examination - students learn to become experts in their specific discipline.

Leading the Way

By passing down years of expertise, faculty are able to prepare current students for a career in forensic science. Students with curiosity, a scientific mind, and keen attention to detail will find themselves successful in our program, the field of forensics, and often play a part in advancing the profession. Through these areas and many others, the WVU Forensic and Investigative Science Program has been making valuable contributions within the field of forensics since the beginning of our program in 1998.


Our #studentsFIRST program is designed to help our first and second year students become successful in their transition to college.

As students are formally admitted to the major for their junior year, we change the emphasis of their last two years to a focus on preparation for graduate school or a career.

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Over 300 years of combined academic and practical experience from our faculty.


90% of graduates are employed, attending graduate school, or being vetted for employment within 6 months of graduation.


Square feet of teaching and research laboratories solely for the Department of Forensic and Investigative Science. 


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