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IU supports creating two new degree programs, forensic science and school psychology


The Indiana University Board of Trustees supported incorporating two new degree programs on various campuses during a meeting Dec. 1-2. Both degrees — forensic science and school psychology — will prepare students in academic and professional capacities. The Indiana Commission for Higher Education will have to approve the degrees, according to an IU News article

Students at IU Northwest will be able to pursue a bachelor’s in forensic science in response to community partnerships’ priorities. This program will work with the School of Public and Environmental Affairs alongside other academic programs such as chemistry, biochemistry, biology and anthropology.  

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According to the IU News article, the degree is based on a meticulous program providing science and policy-based courses. Students will prepare to become forensic analysts or technicians, and this degree will address that need for forensic scientists.  

Alongside the forensic science degree, the trustees approved an online education specialist in school psychology degree for IU-East, IU-Kokomo and IU-South Bend, according to the article. IU-Bloomington will expand its on-campus program to online programming and work with the other campuses.  

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The program will provide students with synchronous and asynchronous online options, according to the article. This program prepares students for graduate school standards through its intensive coursework of at least 65 hours and a supervised internship of at least 1,200 clock hours.

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