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Forensic scientists collect, analyze and interpret evidence and data for use in criminal investigations and court proceedings. A successful career in forensic science requires curiosity, a scientific mind, and keen attention to detail. Our students choose an area of focus that best suits their career goals.

Leading the Way

With a Ph.D. program in forensic science effective July 1, 2016, WVU becomes the only institution in the country to offer bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in forensic science.


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.

Department Video Developed by Students in the Reed College of Media


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


Of the 2018 graduates, 90% are employed, attending graduate school, or being vetted for employment.


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


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