Students at Eastern New Mexico University might be seeing a few new faces this year -- almost 500 of them!
"Back in 2005 we were still below 4,000 people so we've had several good years in a row", said President of ENMU, Dr. Steven Gamble.
ENMU saw record enrollment this year and on top of that, they debuted a brand new, four-year Forensic Science program this semester and already has more than 50 declared majors in the program. To help get this new program going, Eastern New Mexico hired two additional faculty members.
"We train students especially for , thinking about , two realms. One is laboratory work in forensic science where they would work in a lab analyzing DNA samples or toxicology samples and the other one is just simply in the field, so for police departments, sheriff's departments around the country", said Professor of Anthropology, Kathy Gore.
Pronews 7 visited ENMU to check out the new program and after walking in on a bloodied dummy, blood spatters on the walls and police tape roping off the "scene", we quickly learned students in this program would be doing a lot of hands on learning.
'They're actually collecting evidence, recording what evidence they would be taking in an evidence log if this was a real crime scene and they were actually collecting materials. They're taking photographs of the crime scene, they're making a map of the crime scene and then they'll have to produce a report of the crime scene itself", added Gore.
It's these very skills, Professor Gore tells us, future generations are going to need.
"This is a skill that we're going to need in the future. Crime seems to be increasing all around the country not decreasing and it's not something that's going to go away", said Gore.
S o conducting investigations , much like their mock one for class, could very soon become a reality for this new class of aspiring ENMU forensic scientists.