Session S2a (Sunday, 2pm, CHEM 102

P10: Like TV, only real: The Forensic Science Program at Penn State

Jenifer Smith (Pennsylvania State University, USA), Ralph Ristenbatt (Pennsylvania State University, USA)

The Forensic Science program at Penn State was established on January 10, 2005 within the Eberly College of Science.  Both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs are designed as comprehensive, scientifically rigorous programs that address all phases of the “forensic spectrum”; evidence collection, laboratory analysis, interpretation, and courtroom testimony. Both are accredited by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. The current faculty consists of experts in their respective fields who have decades of practical experience in both public and private forensic laboratories. This presentation will discuss the current curriculum, our approach to hands-on learning through small classroom and laboratory experiences.  It will highlight our model crime scene course and the utilization of our unique crime scene houses where students participate in near “real-world” crime scene investigations.


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