The CWCS Forensic Science workshop occurred at a fortunate time relative to difficult decisions on the Sam Houston State University campus. In 2001 the university instituted a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Chemistry and the Master of Science in Forensic Science. A dedicated facility, the Chemistry and Forensic Science Building, was completed in 2005. Because the university was uniquely suited with a College of Criminal Justice as well as a traditional College of Arts and Sciences, considerable resources were dedicated to this endeavor. The purpose, content, and patterns of growth for each degree program will be presented. Considerations and experiences related to designing and using the new building's laboratories and evidence rooms as well as off-site faciliies, selecting faculty and staff, modifying curricula in existing and core courses, and obtaining accreditation will be discussed.