Nebraska Wesleyan’s forensic science graduate program focuses on building real-life experiences. The university offers a designated Crime Scene House adjacent to campus. Here, faculty and advanced students (or “faux felons”) develop scenarios and create mock crime scenes. Students from all three tracks work together to process the scene, analyze blood spatter, collect DNA evidence, develop latent fingerprints and reconstruct the crime. Over the course of 10 months, students identify a suspect and testify before a mock grand jury.
NWU forensic science graduates and faculty are making a difference in a number of venues. They’ve examined improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan and identified remains of earthquake victims in Haiti. They’ve profiled serial killers and helped catch rapists in Nebraska. Graduates are FBI special agents, firearm and toolmark examiners, DNA analysts, forensic scientists, police detectives and lab technicians working across the country.
People planning a career in forensic science should have an aptitude for science and be able to analyze, compare, and interpret facts and figures quickly. In addition communication skills, critical thinking, listening, and problem-solving abilities are valuable assets. Because legal decisions are made on the basis of their statements and services forensic scientists should have high standards of integrity.
How the Pre-Professional Program Works
Students are accepted into the Forensic Science Pre-professional Program during their junior year. During their senior year, they can take the first year of forensic science graduate studies, while completing their undergraduate degree coursework—and the credits will apply to both degrees.
Because pre-professional students in the forensic science program get an early start on their graduate work, students can complete the NWU forensic science master’s degree approximately a year and a half after finishing their bachelor’s degree.
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