MONTGOMERY, W.Va. -- West Virginia University Institute of Technology has permanently added forensic investigation to its academic program offerings.
The new program was approved during a special meeting of the West Virginia University Board of Governors on Aug. 7.
The curriculum covers theory and best practices to prepare field investigators. Visiting associate professor Andrew Wheeler said the program is aimed at preparing students to manage an incident from the initial response to the courtroom.
Besides science courses, the psychological and social aspects of the investigative process are also a part of the program, as are lessons on interviewing, evidence collection and standard forensic techniques.