It's like something out of the hit CBS primetime show CSI.
Culver Stockton College is offering students a new specialization in forensic science as part of its criminal justice program.
From fingerprinting to DNA samples, students at Culver Stockton College are going past what you would normally learn in an average college lab to the world of forensic science. They're on the fast track to identify the bad guy using science and math.
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When you think about forensic science, you're probably thinking about microscopes and lab coats. But it turns out this forensic science specialization extends into computer science and even the courtroom.
Why is it important to take that work into the courtroom and show students what goes on there?
"It's an integrated team effort," Professor David Carrothers said. "It's not just the lab, it's not just the police, it's not just the courts. They all have to work in concert together to get the right outcome. It's realistic. It immulates what happens in the real world."
Carrothers says one of the fastest growing areas of the career field is forensic accounting, something that helped convict con artist Bernie Madoff of his $50 Billion dollar Ponzi scheme.
"Forensic accounting focuses on following the money trail," Carrothers said. "Who has access to it, who might have done something illegal."
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That's the focus of Culver Stockton College Junior Justin Ferris' future.
"What attracted me to forensic accounting was that I could use my legal studies and my math skills together and work in the area of fraud prevention," Ferris said.
Culver Stockton College officials say their intent is to bring specialized, integrated courses to small classrooms.
"They get it in an intimate context, one that emphasizes skill sets that are relevant to many lines of work, particularly in the forensic science and criminal justice department," Dr. Chad DeWaard, Chair of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department said.
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