Forensic Science Program Mission

Mission statement

The mission of the forensic science program at Eastern Kentucky University is to provide a comprehensive science-based undergraduate education that enables students to become leaders in the forensic science community.

Upon successful completion of the B.S. Forensic degree students will

A.   Employ the theoretical and practical principles of chemistry, biology, physics, and mathematics to perform the work of forensic scientists.

B.    Utilize effective written and oral communication skills, especially the ability to transmit complex technical information in a clear and concise manner.

C.    Manifest the attitudes, ethics and values that enable them to reach the highest level of achievement and personal growth.

Objectives for Goal A: Specifically, given a specific type of evidentiary material, students will demonstrate the ability to

A1.      Recognize, collect, package and store evidence commonly found at a crime scenes.

A2.      Design an appropriate analytical scheme, which meets the analytical requirements, to obtain desired results.

A3.      Properly prepare and analyze the material to generate relevant data supported with proper quality control samples.

A4.      Evaluate data and make judgments about analytical results.

Objectives for Goal B: Students will demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills, especially the ability to transmit complex technical information in a clear and concise manner. Specifically, students will

B1.      Create a well-organized and properly documented case file.

B2.      Properly communicate results and conclusions to law enforcement, scientific peers and the legal system.

B3.      Effectively present, defend and justify results and conclusions orally and in writing.

Objectives for Goal C: Upon the successful completion of the B.S. Forensic Science degree students will demonstrate the attitudes, ethics and values that enable students to reach the highest level of achievement and personal growth. Specifically, students will

C1.      Demonstrate honesty, reliability, punctuality, motivation, work ethic, and interpersonal skills that are the hallmarks of a professional scientist.

C2.      Exhibit the ethical behavior, learning skills and initiative needed for life-long learning.

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