Arizona State University
University Senate

Senate Motion #2019-38


Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee, Lili Wang, Chair

Date of First Reading: February 25, 2019

Date of Second Reading: March 25, 2019

Title of Motion: Request from the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences –School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences– for the establishment of a graduate degree– PSM in Forensic Science

Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision.   

Rationale: The PSM in Forensic Science will ready students for career advancement by providing them with greater educational depth and breadth in the forensic sciences, and through the development of new competencies related to laboratory supervision. This includes an understanding of how to work with regulatory bodies that provide the framework for oversight in forensic laboratories. Students will develop deeper scientific inquiry skills in biology, chemistry, genetics, and related topics, as well as critical laboratory leadership skillsets, consistent with the guiding principles of the National Professional Science Masters Association. Successful graduates are armed with the tools and experiences required for administrative and other advancement opportunities both within and beyond the forensic science laboratory and other laboratory settings, in both governmental and private sectors.



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