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Forensic Investigation

Forensic Investigation

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

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We prepare investigators to rapidly glean information from witnesses and physical evidence that might otherwise go unnoticed.

Our program emphasizes problem-based learning. The curriculum covers theory and best practices. It immerses students in real-world scenarios allowing them to discover the tools needed to solve a problem.

From day one, the program offers students a hands-on opportunity to learn basic investigative techniques, crime-scene processing and photography skills. We offer a wide range of unique courses, including interviewing, intelligence and death investigation. Our students particularly enjoy the clandestine-grave dig, blood-spatter lab and creating and solving scenarios with their classmates.

From the beginning, students can choose courses specific to their career interest. Students can take more investigative courses to prepare them for field work and life as an investigator. We prepare investigators to rapidly glean information from witnesses and physical evidence that might otherwise go unnoticed. Students interested in a laboratory career may take more lab-based and advanced science courses to prepare them for work in a forensic lab. 

Our professors are active in private investigation and consulting work, so students learn their trade alongside professionals on the cutting edge of the field. Our students also develop an in-depth background in criminal justice, and many choose to add a criminal justice minor without having to take additional courses beyond the requirements of the degree.

Profiles


WVU Tech forensic investigation graduate, Ella Osbourne.

Ella 
Osbourne, '13

Graduate  

At Tech, Ella took her passion for forensic investigation and criminal justice to new levels, graduating as a double major with a bachelor's degree in each field. 

These days, she's putting her education to work as a medicolegal investigator for the Chief Medical Examiner’s office in Charleston, West Virginia.

Roger Jefferys

Faculty Member

Mr. Jefferys has training in both homicide investigations and bloodstain pattern analysis. He regularly assists with investigative work and is currently a member of the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the Chesapeake Bay Division of the International Association for Identification. He has presented research at both regional and national forensic conferences.

He teaches Introduction to Forensic Investigation, Fingerprint Evidence Analysis, Trace and Blood Spatter, Firearms and Toolmarks, Crime Scenes and Senior Seminar. His research interests are in the areas of firearms, trace evidence and bloodstain pattern analysis. Within the community, he is actively involved in educational outreach, and is the director of the Forensic Investigation Summer Camp at WVU Tech.

Career Profile

Build your case, build your career. WVU Tech’s forensic investigation program will develop you into a forensic generalist with an extraordinarily wide breadth of knowledge and honed critical inquiry skills, unlike many forensic programs that create a specialist in a specific forensic discipline. This knowledge and skillset translates well to various careers.

Students may also choose to pursue advanced academic studies in fields such as criminal justice, forensic science or psychology.

Careers

Our graduates find career opportunities as: 

  • Crime scene investigators
  • Field detectives
  • Crime lab analysts
  • Death investigators
  • Law enforcement officers

Crime Scene House

Our dedicated crime scene investigation facility includes three levels equipped to mock-up a variety of crime scenes, plus a garage for vehicle processing and yard space where you'll examine clandestine gravesites. It's the perfect place to learn new skills and put those skills to the test in an environment that's true to life.

THINGS YOU'LL LEARN

Become an investigative generalist in an environment focused on real-world experience.


Trace and Blood Spatter Evidence

This course covers various types of trace evidence and its collection, preservation and evaluation. You'll also learn about bloodstain pattern analysis for incident reconstruction.

Interviewing Theories and Practice

Explore interviewing theories and techniques to determine emotional states from speech and body language, build rapport, prevent contamination, increase recall and reduce the risk of false confessions.

Crime Scenes

This class examines concepts, technical information and field-tested techniques and procedures involved in crime scene investigation. The course focuses on the initial responding officer, duties of the investigator and on various types of crime scenes.

View a sample degree schedule or explore more course options in the catalog.

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FAFSA: 003825   SAT: 5902   ACT: 4536
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