Forensic Science (CSI)

Professor Dave Pauly assists a student with forensic photography.

The Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science is part of the Justice Studies Program here at MU, whose purpose is to provide students with a holistic view and understanding of forensic science from the crime scene to the courtroom. This exciting hands-on program perfectly blends theory and knowledge with the abilities to perform key and essential actions at crime scenes, crime reconstruction scenes, and performing forensic analysis of certain types of physical evidence. Students are trained to work in all aspects of law enforcement, crime scenes, and forensic science.

Students acquire knowledge and experience in the application of forensic science throughout the entire investigative process, cradle to grave. The students acquire the necessary hands-on skills to expertly locate, document, identify, process, collect, protect, and analyze many types of forensic evidence as well as how to conduct felony investigations and work with forensic scientists around the nation. This training prepares students for the potential to strive for advanced degrees as well as employment within the forensic science and law enforcement professions.

Justice Studies Affiliations

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Dave Pauly

Dave Pauly, M.F.S.

Professor of Justice Studies; Coordinator, Forensic Science
(910) 263-4720
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Dave Pauly
Dave Pauly, M.F.S.

Professor of Justice Studies; Coordinator, Forensic Science

B.S., Campbell University; M.F.S., George Washington University


Professor Pauly served as a Special Agent in the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division from 1988-2006.  He is a 1997 graduate of the Canadian Police College, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (Ottawa, Canada).  He is a 1998 graduate of the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia.

Professional Associations:

  • FBI NAA - FBI National Academy Associates
  • AAFS - Member, American Academy of Forensic Science
  • NFA - National Fire Academy
  • NC Chapter FBI National Academy Associates
  • NCIAI - North Carolina Chapter of the International Association of Identification
  • IAI - International Association of Identification
  • IABPA - International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts
  • Vidocq Society, Philadelphia, PA
  • ASIS International, American Society for Industrial Security
  • COFSE – Council of Forensic Science Educators
  • ACSR – Association of Crime Scene Reconstruction
  • NCHIA – North Carolina Homicide Investigators Association
  • ASC – American Society of Criminology
  • IAAI - International Association of Arson Investigators
  • NAFEA – North American Forensic Entomology Association
  • ACFEI – American College of Forensic Examiners Institute
  • AISOCC – The American Investigative Society of Cold Cases
  • MPRA- Military Police Regimental Association
  • CIDAA- CID Agents Association
  • CPC- Canadian Police College
(910) 263-4720
Hendricks 228