Agenda Item No. VI. B. 2.

Washburn University Board of Regents



The curriculum for this program, which prepares students to work in crime labs and other areas related to the scientific investigation of evidence, was developed in conjunction with experts at the KBI, the Regional Forensic Science Center in Wichita, the Johnson County Crime Lab, and the Shawnee County Coroner's Office. As noted in the attachment ("Rationale for New Major"), forensic science is an area of increasing interest locally and nationally. There are currently no other forensic science programs in the state, and only one other program in the bordering states.

All departments offering courses required in this program were involved in the development of the curriculum. The Chemistry Department has developed an initial student outcomes assessment plan for the program (attached).

The program has been approved by the College Faculty Council, the College of Arts and Sciences Faculty, the University Curriculum Committee, and the University Council. The General Faculty approved the program on May 8, 2003.


The curriculum consists of existing science courses in chemistry, biology and physics, along with nine hours of specific coursework in criminal justice. Except for the required internship (under the direction of KBI personnel), no new courses are necessary or proposed in the program. Should it become necessary to add sections of chemistry courses or labs, this could likely be handled by rearranging course loads, but may on occasion require the services of an adjunct faculty member. Thus, the anticipated additional instructional cost for this proposed program is under $5,000 per year. However, there is a corresponding benefit of additional enrollment, as even a modest number of additional students electing this major would help fill up upper level science courses.


President Farley recommends Board of Regents approval for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Forensic Chemical Science.

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(Date) Jerry B. Farley, President

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