CSI Comes to Campus
Each week millions of people around the world tune into CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, the top-rated television drama in the country. The fascination with forensic science and its use in solving crimes on television has translated into a new demand and "cool factor" for chemistry programs on college campus across the nation, including St. Edward's.
Earlier this year, the university added a new forensic chemistry program and major within the School of Natural Sciences. The new program builds on the existing chemistry curriculum and includes courses in toxicology, chemical residue analysis and criminal justice. A required forensic internship will prepare students to work in a forensic crime laboratory without additional training. The program also readies students interested in pursuing similar graduate or pre-professional programs.
"According to the National Institute of Justice [as reported in Time magazine], forensic science is a growing profession, and the United States will need 10,000 more forensic scientists in the next decade," explained Eamonn Healy, professor of chemistry. "We're responding to this projected need and preparing our students to succeed in this field."
Additional Academic Programs Added for Fall 2003
• BA in Latin American Studies
• Women's Studies minor
• Creative writing track in English Writing & Rhetoric major
College of Professional and Graduate Studies
• MBA & MAHS concentrations in health care management
• MBA in Entrepreneurship (an intensive, two-semester program)
• PACE BA in Public Safety Management (the only program of its kind in Texas)
• BBA in Human Resource Management
• Computer Systems Management minor through PACE