The Forensic Science & Investigation Pathway offers an interdisciplinary program of study for students interested in applying science, social context, and rules of criminal procedure to the seizure and analysis of physical evidence. 

As Interdisciplinary Studies majors, students in this pathway learn theories and methods enabling them to address forensic questions by integrating insights, methods, and techniques from multiple relevant disciplines, including Anthropology, Biology, and Chemistry, as well as Criminology.

If you have any questions, please contact the Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Andy Walter, (awalter@westga.edu).

Program of Study

1. Foundation Courses

Introductory courses in: Physical Anthropology, Chemistry, Biology, and Criminology

2. Required Upper Level Courses

Required courses in: Forensic Anthropology, Modern Forensic Science

3. Disciplinary Courses

One course from each discipline and at least nine hours from each of two:

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Anthropology

Courses in: Human Osteology, Field Methods in Physical Anthropology, Skeletal Indicators of Health and Behavior, Genes and Genomania

 

Human colorectal cancer cells treated with a topoisomerase inhibitor and an inhibitor of the protein kinase ATR (ataxia telangiectasia and Rad3 related), a drug combination under study as a cancer therapy. Cell nuclei are stained blue; the chromosomal protein histone gamma-H2AX marks DNA damage in red and foci of DNA replication in green. Created by Yves Pommier, Rozenn Josse, 2014

Biology

Courses in: Molecular Cellular Biology, Comparative Vertebrate anatomy, Human Physiology, Genetics and Medical Genetics, Entomology

 

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Criminology

Courses in: Victimology, Criminal Investigations, Criminal Profiling, Social Science in the Legal System, Ethics and the Criminal Justice System

 

Drugs

Chemistry

Courses in: Drugs and Drug Abuse, Analytical Chemistry, and Modern Forensic Science