Gannon introduces new program for Forensic Science

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Gannon University will introduce a new Bachelor of Science program in Forensic Science in the fall of 2016.

This new program will be offered through the Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences and will draw from existing criminal justice, chemistry and biology program faculty and curricula to offer extensive training in the forensic sciences.

Gannon’s state-of-the-art Forensic Investigation Center, the only one of its kind for evidence collection in the United States, will play a key role in the new program. The new program also will utilize recent upgrades in the Zurn Science Center.

Among those upgrades is the MiSeq FGx Forensic Genomics System, which is new analytical equipment able to simultaneously analyze an extensive area of genetic markers.

Steven Mauro, dean of the Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences, said Gannon will be one of only four universities to have the equipment – and the only one in the region.

Mauro said the goal is to obtain accreditation needed to perform various analyses for law enforcement agencies, which would help alleviate a backlog of evidence analysis that currently exists.

MEGAN HAMM

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