Historically Black Edward Waters University in Jacksonville, Florida, recently received formal notification from its accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, authorizing the university to offer a new bachelor’s degree in forensic science. The university plans to begin enrolling students in this new academic degree program beginning in fall 2022.
The university has offered a degree program in criminal justice with a concentration in forensic investigation. This program has shown consistent enrollment and programmatic growth over the years. Accordingly, the university’s faculty and administration have developed the stand-alone degree program in forensic science to meet student demand while simultaneously supporting future enrollment growth.
The new forensic science degree program will train graduates to enter the workforce as criminalists, crime scene investigators, and forensic DNA analysts in crime laboratories at the federal, state, and local levels. “We hope that the onboarding and implementation of this new degree program will enhance the readiness and overall competitiveness of EWU students who wish to pursue career paths in the burgeoning field of forensic science,” said Ricardo Yanis, professor of forensic science and director of the Forensic Science Program.
“The transformation of Edward Waters University continues with the execution of this new cutting-edge degree program of study that will now better serve our current and even future students in one of our most popular and market-relevant academic majors,” added A. Zachary Faison, Jr., president of Edward Waters University.