Forensic Science (M.F.S.)

Forensic Science (M.F.S.)

Nebraska Wesleyan University offers a 42-credit-hour forensic science program through which graduate students may earn a Master of Forensic Science (MFS). The first year curriculum focuses on giving graduate students a broad-based knowledge of the forensic sciences. Over the next summer, they complete a two-week internship with a medical examiner or coroner.

During the second year, students choose between two tracks of specialization. They also participate in a yearlong crime scene investigation that counts for two credits. The last class for most students is FORSC 5990 Research: Biology Track or FORSC 5991 Research: Investigatory and Behavioral Track. This course involves research and internship work relevant to students’ individual interests and concentrations.

For most students, the program takes two and a half years to complete.

Investigative Science Track

The investigative science track provides coursework in:

  • crime scene investigation
  • death investigation
  • forensic science methods
  • human remains location and recovery
  • fingerprint comparison
  • document analysis.

Behavioral Science Track

The behavioral science track provides coursework in:

  • crime scene investigation
  • death investigation
  • forensic science methods
  • criminal investigative analysis.
Departments/Programs
Master of Forensic Science
Core Courses 18 hrs.
FORSC 5050 Fundamentals of Crime Scene Investigation 3 hours
FORSC 5060 Fundamentals of Evidence Processing 3 hours
FORSC 5070 Criminal Law and the Law of Evidence 3 hours
FORSC 5080 Medicolegal Death Investigation 3 hours

FORSC 5090 Cold Case Homicide Investigation
and
FORSC 5160 Crime Scence House Practical

2 hours

2 hours
FORSC 5970 Internship 2 hours
Forensic Science Specialty Area Courses
Behavioral Science 16 hours
FORSC 5150 Advanced Crime Scene Investigation 4 hours
FORSC 5300 Forensic Psychology 3 hours
FORSC 5320 Serial Offenders and Personality 3 hours
FORSC 5330 Criminal Investigative Analysis 3 hours
FORSC 5340 Threat Assessment and Management 3 hours
FORSC 5991 Research: Investigatory and Behavioral Track 6 hours
Investigative Science 16 hours
FORSC 5150 Advanced Crime Scene Investigation 4 hours
FORSC 5230 Document Analysis 3 hours
FORSC 5240 Basic Principles of Friction Ridge Identification 3 hours
FORSC 5250 Forensic Investigations - Putting It All Together 3 hours
FORSC 5330 Criminal Investigative Analysis 3 hours
FORSC 5991 Research: Investigatory and Behavioral Track 6 hours

 

2 credits required for MFS
Special Session Seminars
Interviewing Child Victims 1 hour
Expert Witness Testimony 1 hour
Statement Analysis 1 hour
Fire Scene Investigations 1 hour
Crime Scene Imaging 1 hour
Trace & DNA Evidence 1 hour
Laboratory Analysis of Firearm Evidence 1 hour
Forensic Analysis of Tools & Toolmarks 1 hour