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Truett McConnell University Launches New Forensic Science Degree

Truett McConnell University (TMU) will offer a bachelor’s degree program in forensic science. This new program is expected to attract students from a variety of fields who are seeking careers in law enforcement.

The program, expected to begin in fall 2024, will provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to work in a variety of fields, including field services, laboratory services, forensic psychology, and criminal intelligence forensics.

Bruce Willis, a nationally recognized leader in forensic science, will lead the program. Willis has extensive experience working with both the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC), and has held leadership positions at Piedmont University and the University of Tennessee.

“The Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science will allow students to pursue employment in field and laboratory services specifically focused on criminalistics,” Willis said. “The program will embrace OSAC/NIST policies and guidelines for curriculum structure. Because of their practical application, these courses will be recognized throughout the emergency services community.”

Willis’ former Piedmont colleague, Dr. Rick Austin, is now dean of the College of Health & Sciences and chair of the School of STEM at Truett McConnell University. He called Willis’ appointment “an exciting moment” in TMU’s history.

“Bruce is a nationally renowned expert in forensics with decades of experience in the field. His teaching style immerses his students in the subject matter, giving them a hands-on, front row seat to the world of forensics.”

The program is part of TMU’s mission to provide students with a Christian and conservative environment while providing academic excellence.

“Few institutions in America can combine, both academically and missionally, their love for the Lord (Romans 1:16) with their love for law enforcement (Romans 13:1-4),” said Dr. Emir Caner, President of Truett McConnell University. “Now, Truett McConnell University has taken another deliberate step in this direction with the addition of a bachelor’s degree in forensics.”

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