Program Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation from the Forensic Anthropology program, students will have successfully completed the following learning outcomes:

Students will gain an awareness of the history and development of the forensic sciences in general and forensic anthropology in particular.

Students will gain a working knowledge of the biology of bone and its associated tissues as it applies to forensic anthropology.

Students will gain knowledge and skills in topics that represent the core of forensic anthropology. These include: osteology, field methods, mapping, excavation methods, grave exhumation, GIS, mortuary science, taphonomy, comparative anatomy, medicolegal principles, crime scene investigation techniques, and expert witness skills.

Students in the Forensic Entomology option will gain knowledge in insect and arthropod biology and the skills necessary for the collection, preservation and analysis of insects and arthropods commonly found with human remains. Specific emphasis will be on the analysis of insects and arthropods associated with crime scenes.

All students will receive practical experience in public speaking and presentation of their ideas and research.

Students will develop skills in the basic scientific method, biostatistics, experimental design, time-management, library skills, annotated bibliography, report writing, professional skills, oral presentations and thesis writing.

Each student will design, plan, execute a research experiment and then write a thesis based on that experiment. Students are then encouraged to publish that work and to present it at a professional society meeting.

Each student is encouraged to discuss future plans that extend beyond Boston University with the faculty with an eye toward finding relevant work experience or in applying for further education at other institutions.