Social Sciences: Investigative Forensics (B.S.)
University of Maryland University College
Contact: Jana Gordon—240-527-2711
The investigative forensics major prepares students with the knowledge, skills, and ethical principles necessary to process and report on physical evidence at a crime scene or in connection with a civil investigation. Students will understand both the theory and practice of the forensic disciplines and of police work. The curriculum, based on national guidelines, provides students with a basic foundation in investigative, scientific, and laboratory-based forensics, and introduces them to the various disciplines that make up the forensic collaborative workgroup. It prepares students for further education or employment in the field.
The student who graduates with a major in investigative forensics will be able to:
- Apply the scientific method to draw conclusions regarding forensic information.
- Utilize ethical principles and an understanding of legal precedents to make decisions related to investigation, analyses, and testimony as a crime scene or forensic professional.
- Access, interpret, and apply investigative, forensic, and criminal justice research to maintain competency within the field.
- Use effective written and oral communication to clearly report and articulate information, analyses, or findings to relevant end users in a timely manner.
- Recognize and evaluate evidence to determine all appropriate analyses to gather all available forensic information.
- Synthesize forensic, evidential, and investigatory information from multiple sources to generate theories about a crime.
- Use an understanding of the capabilities, processes, and limitations of the crime laboratory to be an informed consumer or practitioner.
A degree with a major in investigative forensics requires the successful completion of 120 credits of coursework, including 35 credits for the major; 41 credits in general education requirements; and 44 credits in the minor, electives, and other degree requirements. At least 18 credits in the major must be earned in upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above).
For more information please visit UMUC’s Web site at www.umuc.edu/undergrad/ugprograms/ifrn.cfm.
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