Savannah State signs agreement for accelerated forensic program

Updated 4:07 PM CST

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09/17/2015

Contact: Loretta Heyward

AVP Marketing & Communications at Savannah State University

(912) 358-3049 – heywardl@savannahstate.edu

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SAVANNAH – Savannah State University (SSU) has signed an articulation agreement with University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC). The institutions have partnered to offer a 3+2 program in forensic genetics. A student in this program will graduate with a bachelor of science in forensic science from SSU and a master of science in forensic genetics from UNTHSC.

SSU and UNTHSC will work cooperatively to provide students with in-depth training in the science and methodology utilized by forensic DNA analysts and technical leaders. The specialized program is designed to offer a focused learning experience in forensic science with an emphasis on hands-on training in current and future DNA technologies.

The program prepares individuals for careers in forensic DNA sciences, emphasizing the application of current methods and technologies to human identification.

A total of 149 credit hours are required for the program. Credit hours will be delivered through course work at both campuses: SSU in Savannah, Georgia, and at UNTHSC in Fort Worth, Texas. SSU is one of two institutions in the University System of Georgia (USG) to offer a forensic science program.

The program meets all educational and many training requirements for forensic DNA analysts and technical leaders as outlined in the National Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories adopted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Established in 1890, Savannah State University is the oldest public historically black college or university in Georgia and the oldest institution of higher learning in the city of Savannah.  The university’s 4,900 students select majors from 27 undergraduate and five graduate programs in three colleges — Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Sciences and Technology — and the School of Teacher Education.

Media Inquiries: email Loretta Heyward at heywardl@savannahstate.edu or call her at: (912) 358-3049

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