Methodist University Forensic Science

Interdisciplinary Studies of Clandestine Laboratories

Degree Type:
Associate Degree, Minor
Mode of Study:
On Campus

Clandestine laboratories that produce illegal substances such as methamphetamines and crack cocaine are a major threat to community safety, public health, and the environment. Law enforcement professionals, emergency first responders, social workers, environmental specialists, educators, and other public officials urgently need training and education in this subject. This interdisciplinary program instructs students in the recognition and identification of clandestine labs, situation assessment, crime scene management, victim assessment and trauma management, hazardous material handling, and environmental remediation. This program offers an associate of science degree and an academic minor, which are valuable for students majoring in several fields such as Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, Environmental and Occupational Management, Social Work, and Political Science.

Common Career Paths

Some of the top jobs for those with a Clandestine Labs educational background include laboratory technician, forensic science technician, criminal investigator, paramedic, and so much more.

Common Salary Ranges for Graduates

As mentioned above, there’s a long list of career opportunities for those with a Clandestine Labs educational background. But, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the average annual salary for the following positions (which may require additional education) in North Carolina in 2021:

  • Forensic science technician: $50,980
  • Criminal investigator: $66,030
  • Paramedic: $42,610
  • Emergency medical technician: $36,090

Average Tuition Cost

The average cost for an incoming residential freshman to attend MU is less than $18,000 – similar to the cost of attending one of the big-box public schools, but with the enhanced value of a highly-regarded private school with a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio.

While tuition varies, depending on a student’s financial aid package, it’s important to know that the average financial award for an incoming residential freshman at MU is more than $34,000.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

More than 97% of MU students receive some form of financial aid, with the University offering more than $24 million annually to students for scholarships. If a student is active military, family of active military, or a veteran, they may also qualify for MU’s military education benefits.

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Frequently Asked Question

Clandestine laboratories that produce illegal substances such as methamphetamines and crack cocaine are a major threat to community safety, public health, and the environment. Law enforcement professionals, emergency first responders, social workers, environmental specialists, educators, and other public officials urgently need training and education in this subject.

Mission

To protect community safety, public health, and the environment from the effects of clandestine labs through the education and training of competent entry-level professionals.

Goals

To prepare students to enter the work force with the knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with the policies and procedures concerning clandestine labs. To prepare students for continuing education and further professional and personal development.

Clandestine Laboratories A.S.

The Clandestine Laboratories concentration consists of 27 credits distributed as follows:

Required courses:

  • ENM 1010 Environmental Science Introduction to Social Work 3 credits
  • SWK 2310 Environmental Science Introduction to Social Work 3 credits
  • ENM/LAW 2500 Environmental Regulations I 3 credits
  • ENM/JUS/SWK 2600 Introduction to Clandestine Labs 3 credits
  • ENM 3010 Pollution Science, Treatment and Sampling Techniques 3 credits
  • JUS 4550 Terrorism and the Homeland Security Response 3 credits
  • ENM 4500 Advanced Clandestine Laboratories 3 credits

Select an additional 6 hours from any ENM, JUS, LAW, PSC or SWK listing. 6 credits

Minor Requirements

The Clandestine Laboratories minor consists of 22 credits distributed as follows:

Required courses:

  • ENM 1010 Environmental Science 3 credits
  • SWK 2310 Introduction to Social Work 3 credits
  • ENM/LAW 2500 Environmental Regulations I 3 credits
  • ENM/JUS/SWK 2600 Introduction to Clandestine Labs 3 credits
  • ENM 3010 Pollution Science, Treatment and Sampling Techniques 4 credits
  • JUS 4550 Terrorism and the Homeland Security Response 3 credits
  • ENM 4500 Advanced Clandestine Laboratories 3 credits

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