To teach and continually emphasize forensic science foundational principles in all aspects of instruction to help produce a future generation of competent, credible and ethical forensic scientists.
Goals & objectives for program students
- Have the necessary theoretical and practical background in all the primary areas of criminalistics for a career in forensic science. These topics include crime scene reconstruction, pattern analysis, microscopy, forensic molecular biology and forensic chemistry.
- Have an understanding of proper expert witness courtroom testimony and have demonstrated the ability to provide testimony.
- Know the value of professional ethics as guidelines for professional conduct and the personal characteristics expected of professionals in the forensic science community. Graduates will also be knowledgeable of professional codes of ethics outlined by various professional forensic science organizations.
- Understand the value of research in forensic science and demonstrate the ability to be research scientists.
- Know the necessity of good oral and written communication skills for forensic science professionals and show proficiency in both.
- Realize the importance of aspiring to leadership positions in forensic science research, administration and public policy.