What is Forensic and Investigative Science at WVU like?
Forensic and Investigative Science is where scientific knowledge and the search for justice meet. Forensic scientists might uncover evidence at the scene of a crime or apply their scientific knowledge to the analysis of evidence in the lab.
Our students develop skills in chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics and more to make sure no piece of evidence goes unused. You will leave our program with the skills needed to testify and present proper interpretation of evidence in a court of law.
Areas of Emphasis
Tailor this major to your interests by taking courses in one of these areas:
Prepares students for positions in forensic labs as DNA analysts. It is well suited as a pre-professional program and as excellent preparation for graduate work in biological disciplines. Forensic DNA work is a laboratory-based profession with employment opportunities in local, state, federal and private laboratories. Forensic biologists typically do not do crime scene work on a routine basis, but may occasionally be called to a scene.
Prepares students for positions in forensic labs as forensic chemists, arson analyst and investigators, forensic toxicologists and trace evidence examiners. Like the biology track, it too is well-suited as a pre-professional program and as excellent preparation for graduate work in chemical disciplines. Forensic chemistry work is a laboratory-based profession with employment opportunities in local, state, federal and private laboratories.
Prepares students for positions as crime scene analysts, latent fingerprint examiners, forensic photographers, evidence technicians, investigators and law enforcement officers and agents. Working conditions are typically field and/or office-based rather than laboratory-based. Crime scene analysts are often part of major crime scene squads that collect and document evidence, but they rarely participate in the scientific examination of the evidence in the laboratory.