Forensics at Waynesburg University

As a Waynesburg University forensics student, you will be exposed to a variety of forensic programs that target various crimes. We offer four forensic programs including:

  • Forensic Accounting
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Forensic Science
  • Forensic Computing (Computer Security)

The Forensic Science Department has a working connection with the RJ Lee Group and offers its annual CSI Camp.


The Forensic Science program at Waynesburg University incorporates modern biology and chemistry lectures with the latest laboratory concepts:

  • Computerized data acquisition in physiology laboratories
  • Electrochemical analysis
  • Gas chromatography/mass spectrometry
  • Gel Electrophoresis of hemoglobin and tissue isozymes
  • High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) methodology
  • Infrared microspectrophotometry
  • Microscopic digital imaging
  • Scanning electron microscopy techniques
  • Spectroscopy methodology

Programs Offered

At Waynesburg you will:

  • Receive personalized advising in your academic field and guidance in your career planning
  • Experience a unified and comprehensive classroom and laboratory program designed for your career direction and implemented using small classes taught by Ph.D. science faculty
  • Work with fellow science students in the classroom and in identifying summer internships, research opportunities, and service experiences.

Forensic Accounting

The Forensic Accounting major is designed to help students develop expertise and competency to identify and detect fraud and learn how to develop evidence.

An accounting major, public accounting major or forensic accounting major has the opportunity to participate in an internship and receive valuable on-the-job experience and college credit for completion of the internship.

Forensic Chemistry

The Forensic Chemistry program prepares students to use chemical analysis for civil or criminal law. Graduates in Forensic Chemistry are prepared to work in local, state, and federal forensic laboratories and agencies.

The forensic chemistry option meets the course requirements for admission to graduate studies in forensics, chemistry, medical school and other fields.

Computer Security

Computer Security combines criminal justice studies, computer sciences, and computer forensics. Students learn the latest theories and gain the knowledge necessary to handle forensic investigations involving digital devices and electronic crime.

Academic Curriculum

FSC 105. Introduction to Forensic Science 3 credits

This course is a broad based survey of forensic science, its application to criminal and civil investigations, and introduces crime laboratory organization, crime scene investigation, and recognition and handling of physical evidence. Basic methods of collection and analysis of chemical, biological, and comparative materials will be examined through lecture and hands-on experience in the laboratory and field. Fall

FSC 106. Forensic Science for Non-Majors 4 credits

A lecture and laboratory course designed to introduce chemical concepts (e.g., reactions, chromatography, and spectroscopy) and scientific thinking through the examination of forensic investigative techniques. Three hours of lecture and one twohour laboratory period each week. This course is intended for non-science majors.

FSC 205. Microscopic Methods and Forensic Analysis 2 credits

A laboratory course involving the microscopic analysis of a range of materials commonly encountered in forensic investigations. This course provides hands on experience in forensic materials analysis utilizing compound, comparison, polarized light, stereo, and scanning electron microscopes and microspectrophotometers. Prerequisite: FSC 105.

FSC 305. Science and Evidence 3 credits

This course examines the role of the forensic scientist and scientific evidence as it relates to criminal/civil investigations and the courtroom. Topics include: crime laboratory quality assurance, evidence handling/identification and chains of custody, ethics, expert testimony, and admissibility requirements of scientific evidence. Students will be required to participate in exercises of qualifying and testifying as expert witnesses. Prerequisites: FSC 105 and CRJ 218. Spring

FSC 312. Instrumental Methods for Forensic Science 4 credits

(cross-listed as CHE 312 and PHY 312) Theory and practice of modern analytical techniques emphasizing spectrophotometric, chromatographic, and electrochemical methods for Forensic Science. Second semester. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory period each week. Prerequisite: CHE 311, PHY 202. Spring FSC 399. Undergraduate Research (Cross-listed as CHE 399) 1-6 credits A course requiring a literature search and original laboratory work on a selected research topic. Work to be arranged with the individual faculty member.

FSC 408. Analytical and Physical Methods in Forensic Analysis 1 credit

(Cross-listed as CHE 408) A self-paced laboratory course involving physical and instrumental analysis of a range of solid and fluid materials for major and minor components. This course provides additional laboratory experience in forensic and chemical analysis beyond the traditional instrumental analysis course. Students will practice proper sample handling, establish instrumental parameters and protocol, and meet legal and scientific standards of analyses of unknown materials. Detailed reports are required for each unknown including the instrumental data, results, and conclusions. Prerequisite: CHE 312 or FSC 312. This course may be taken in both the first and second semesters for credit.

FSC 415. Advanced Crime Scene Investigation 3 credits

(Cross-listed with CRJ 415) This course is designed to explore advanced areas of crime scene investigation. This will be an in depth study of topics such as Autopsy, Forensic Anthropology, Collection & Preservation of Evidence, Blood Spatter Analysis, Documentation (sketching; photography; etc.), Death Scene Investigation, and Investigation of Specialized Scenes (explosions; outdoor; accidents). Other activities will serve to give students insight into various aspects of forensic science such as crime scene investigation projects, guest speakers, and field trips. Prerequisites: FSC 105 or CRJ 218. Fall

FSC 465. Internship 3-6 credits

The internship is an on-site, experiential learning opportunity in which junior or senior forensic science majors gain practical experience with cooperating industries or governmental agencies. All internships (summer or one academic semester) will require a minimum of 50 hours of internship credit. The exact duration and weekly hours of the assignment will vary with the cooperating agency. The student must submit a written internship request to the program director before the end of the semester preceding the anticipated starting date. The request must be approved by the instructor and the department before formal application to the cooperating agencies is initiated. Interns must complete a self-evaluation, log, and present an acceptable written recommendation from the on-site internship supervisor upon completion of the experience. Pass-fail grade.

FSC 499. Senior Research 3-6 credits

This course requires a literature search and independent laboratory work on a selected topic. An oral presentation of results is required as well as a comprehensive written report in the style of The Journal of Forensic Sciences. First and second semesters – work arranged with individual students.

Testimonials The Forensics Program focuses on personalized learning and hands-on experiences. Students don’t just learn from their textbooks, but they learn from professors who bring their own professional experiences to the classroom.
Courtney George, 2012 forensic science alumnae

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