Mission & Vision

Mission Statement

This program aims to (1) provide exemplary forensic science education in Criminalistics, including DNA identification analysis, at the graduate level; (2) select students who have successfully completed an undergraduate science degree with a strong GPA and who aspire to become the future forensic scientists in the various forensic science laboratories; and (3) develop in these select students the skill necessary for working in this profession including ethics, integrity, the ability to devise innovative methods and techniques and the capacity to integrate new technology. This comprehensive program incorporates a unique curriculum that balances breadth and depth of study through scholarly coursework which incorporates the logic and workings of the criminal justice system. In depth coursework covers the theoretical underpinnings of the biological and physical sciences as used in the collection, analysis, interpretation, reporting, and testimony of evidence.


  • Present curriculum based on theoretical concepts and real world examples
  • Promote critical thinking skills
  • Focus on innovative M.S. thesis research
  • Present research results at forensic science society seminars
  • Publish thesis research in peer reviewed forensic science journals
  • Maintain the ethical and professional standards of the profession of forensic science
  • Prepare students for future employment in forensic science laboratory careers

Vision Statement

Our vision is to inspire new forensic scientists to search for the truth through science and shape the future of the field using new knowledge and innovation.

Action Statement

The University is committed to creating and maintaining a community in which students, faculty and staff can work together in an environment free of discrimination, harassment or any other artificial barriers to individual success and fulfillment. Each person affiliated with the University bears a responsibility to adhere to the policy of equal opportunity and to promote affirmative action efforts. In addition, it is the policy of the University to undertake affirmative action, consistent with its obligations as a Federal contractor, for minorities and women, for individuals with disabilities, and for covered veterans. Learn more about UC Davis and our commitment to diversity.

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