Students receive rigorous academic training in the classroom and in the field from a series of Ecology/Management courses which focus on (1) Large Mammals, (2) Waterfowl, (3) Upland Game, and (4) Non-game (. herps, shorebirds, birds of prey, or neotropical passerines). We offer specialty courses in Advanced Ornithology, Behavioral Ecology, Conservation Biology, Energetics, Ethology (Animal Behavior), Population Ecology, Upland Habitats, Wetlands, and Wildlife Diseases. Seniors must conduct independent research and complete a senior thesis with supervision from a professor.
Certification is optional for most types of forensic scientists, but some specialists must have professional credentials. For example, an odontologist needs a dental license, and forensic pathologists and psychiatrists, as medical doctors, must have medical licenses. Voluntary certifications for other forensic scientists are available from the American College of Forensic Examiners, the American Board of Criminalists and the International Association for Identification, or IAI. For example, the IAI offers certifications in various specialties, including bloodstains, crime scenes, forensic photography and latent prints.