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“CSI: Cullowhee” is ready for prime time. In the planning stages for more than two years, a new forensic science program is officially on the books at Western Carolina University .

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors approved establishment of the new multi-disciplinary degree at its April meeting. The program, expected to begin accepting students in August, includes courses in anthropology, applied criminology, biology, chemistry, clinical laboratory science, physics and psychology.

The new program is in addition to a forensic anthropology program already offered at Western.

“Student interest in forensic anthropology and forensic science is substantial, and we are pleased to be able to meet student demand for programs in forensics,” said David Butcher, associate dean of WCU 's College of Arts and Sciences.

“Forensic sciences have become one of the most highly sought-after degree programs in the past few years, and enrollments are up at forensics programs across the nation,” said Lori Seischab, assistant professor of forensic biology. “There is a growing need for qualified forensic analysis in federal and state criminal investigations and in security-related industries.”

Some experts have attributed the increased interest in forensics to such popular television programs as “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and its spin-offs, “CSI: Miami ” and “CSI: New York ,” which has led WCU to dub its forensics programs “CSI: Cullowhee.”

For more information, contact the department of chemistry at (828) 227-7260.

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