Forensic Science Major to be Offered this Fall at Wor-Wic
July 19, 2007

In response to a local and national need to increase the number of students pursuing science degrees, Wor-Wic Community College is introducing a new forensic science program option this fall.

“Last year, Wor-Wic introduced an associate of science degree transfer program,” said Dr. Ray Hoy, president of Wor-Wic. “Forensic science builds on that program and the courses offered by our criminal justice department. We are very excited to be able to expand our offerings to include forensic science this year.”

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, jobs for forensic science technicians, nationwide, are expected to increase 27 percent or more by 2014.

The new forensic science program option is designed for anyone interested in pursuing a forensic science career, high school students who have studied science or criminal justice and anyone currently working in law enforcement, nursing or other science-specific fields who are interested in transitioning into the forensic science field.

The forensic science option offers a mix of criminal justice, science and general education courses. In addition to classes in mathematics, English, sociology, psychology and speech, forensic science students are required to take introductory courses in criminal justice and forensic science, as well as evidence and procedure, criminal investigation, criminal law and crime scene investigation. Required science courses include biology, chemistry, organic chemistry and physics.

In the field, forensic technicians collect and analyze physical evidence, perform weapons tests, prepare reports and give testimony during trials. Forensic nurses often treat and examine victims of abuse and assault or investigate accidental deaths.

Students who complete the program can immediately enter the work force as forensic technicians or they can transfer to the University of Baltimore or another four-year university to earn a bachelor’s degree in forensic science.