Major (Contract)Forensic Science Contract Major
The National Institute of Justice estimated forensic casework in crime laboratories in state and local governments was of over 111, 000 while the FBI estimated federal backlog of over 300, 000 in 2009-10. This backlog has doubled in the last 5 years and has caused unprecedented delays in the resolution of criminal cases. This represents justice delayed. We can expect this backlog to grow as the DNA tests have become a requirement for an expanding number of felony cases. A major in forensic science-the interdisciplinary field of study that employs the tools and perspectives of biology, chemistry, anthropology, sociology, physics, mathematics and medicine to achieve a better understanding of the intersection of law and science-would place students in a better position to address these justice system issues through further legal studies or research. Forensic science is an appropriate major for all students who want to pursue graduate studies or professional work in any scientific or professional field. The interdisciplinary nature of the forensic science major allows interested students to integrate knowledge from courses offered in the chemistry, biology, sociology and anthropology.
The forensic science contract major follows the guidelines for accreditation standards of American Academy of Forensic Sciences. The option of contracting a major in this fascinating and quickly developing scientific field enables students to compete with the most accomplished and well-educated students in prestigious universities on national and global levels. In addition to diversifying and supplementing the university's academic repertoire, this major also enhances the prestige of the university itself through its students.
Understanding the intersection of law and science on a historical and philosophical level allows individuals to operate more effectively in our legal system. Upon completing the major in forensic science, students find themselves not only well versed in scientific methodology but also prepared to dedicate their understanding of the legal and scientific institutions to the service of others.