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Searching for truth through science

Forensic Investigation

Exciting opportunities are waiting for you in forensic investigation. Our comprehensive program is designed to prepare you with the expertise you need to solve the most complex problems. Our expert faculty offer hands-on training and personalized instruction to prepare you for a rewarding career.

I want to start my forensic investigation journey!

Justice through scientific discovery

You could make the difference in the courtroom as a forensic investigator. Using the latest technology and methodology, forensic investigators find the answers victims and communities need when crimes are committed where they live. Using analytical skills and scientific curiosity, you'll become an indispensable asset for law enforcement with the training you receive at WVU Tech.

Forensic Investigation at WVU Tech

Our curriculum is focused on giving you all the real-world skills you'll need to excel in the field.

Trace and Blood Spatter Evidence
This course covers various types of trace evidence and its collection, preservation and evaluation. You'll also learn about bloodstain pattern analysis for incident reconstruction.

Interviewing Theories and Practice
Explore interviewing theories and techniques to determine emotional states from speech and body language, build rapport, prevent contamination, increase recall and reduce the risk of false confessions.

Crime Scenes
This class examines concepts, technical information and field-tested techniques and procedures involved in crime scene investigation. The course focuses on the initial responding officer, duties of the investigator and on various types of crime scenes.

Our graduates accepted positions in the field as:

  • Crime scene investigators
  • Field detectives
  • Crime lab analysts
  • Death investigators
  • Law enforcement officers

Join a cutting edge field and make a difference

WVU Tech’s forensic investigation program will develop you into a forensic generalist with a wide breadth of knowledge and honed critical inquiry skills, unlike many forensic programs that create a specialist in a specific forensic discipline. This knowledge and skillset translates well to various careers.

Students may also choose to pursue advanced academic studies in fields such as criminal justice, forensic science or psychology.

The Crime Scene House

A student and professor working in a simulated crime scene as the student takes a measurement.

Our dedicated crime scene investigation facility includes three levels equipped to mock-up a variety of crime scenes, plus a garage for vehicle processing and yard space where you'll examine clandestine gravesites. It's the perfect place to learn new skills and put those skills to the test in an environment that's true to life.

Your Forensic Investigation Faculty

Mark Vecellio, M.F.S.

Assistant Professor of Forensic Investigation

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Andrew Wheeler, M.F.S.

Associate Professor of Forensic Investigation

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