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Forensic Investigation Major (BA)

Students will:

  • will learn critical thinking skills and understand forensic investigation professional practice through theory and hands-on experiences in the classroom and field.
  • learn to properly recognize, identify, and preserve items of physical evidence encountered through criminal investigations.
  • develop an understanding of the principles and techniques utilized by forensic practitioners during criminal investigations and at the crime scene.
  • gain a practical understanding of the capabilities and limitations of scientific analyses of physical evidence.
  • gain practical instrumental/methodological experience using professional equipment such as the comparison microscope, stereo microscope, latent print and impression evidence development tools, blood stain pattern analysis kits, and alternative light sources.
  • learn the importance of the scientific method and its application in crime scene processing and reconstruction.
  • gain practical crime scene processing and evidence handling experience using appropriate equipment and technology in mock crime scene scenarios in a dedicated crime scene house.
  • learn critical aspects of the criminal justice system, criminal investigation, common law principles, and rules of evidence through criminal justice administration course work and participation in mock court proceedings.
  • learn the importance of ethics and quality assurance in the application of forensic investigations and crime scene processing.
  • learn to apply research methods, formulate theories, and report information concerning criminal investigations.
  • develop communication and leadership skills through the University’s general education requirements, service, and extracurricular opportunities.

Note: In addition to completing the following required courses, students must fulfill the General Education Requirements. Major requirements and/or General Education Requirements may be changed by official action of the faculty.

Under “Recommended Sequence” below, a number indicates the year during which it is recommended that the course be taken (i.e., 1-first year; 2-second year, etc.); a letter indicates that the course should be taken during a particular semester (i.e., F-Fall; S-Spring). This is a recommended sequence which will be individualized based on the course rotation schedule and in consultation with the faculty advisor.

Forensic Investigation Major (BA)

Department

Course Number

Credits

Course Title

Recommended Sequence Year/Semester

ACC 101 3 Principles of Managerial Accounting 2F
ACC 102 3 Principles of Financial Accounting 2S
ACC 205 3 Introduction to Forensic Accounting 4F
ACC 425 3 Introduction to Forensic Accounting: Fraud Examination 4S

BIO

121

4

Principles of Biology I

1F

BIO

122

4

Principles of Biology II

1S

CHE

106 4 Practical Chemistry for Life 1S
CHE 121 3 General Chemistry I 2F

CHE

121L

1

Laboratory for General Chemistry I

2F

CRJ

109

3

Criminal Justice Administration

1S

CRJ 217 3 American Policing 2F
CRJ 218 3 Criminal Investigation 2S

CRJ

219

3

Criminal Law

2F

CRJ 318 3 Homeland Security and Intelligence 3F
CRJ 328 3 Criminal Procedure 3S
CRJ 345 3 White Collar Crime 3F
CRJ 405 3 Interview and Interrogation 4S
CRJ 409 3 Current Issues in Criminal Justice 4S

FSC

105

3

Introduction to Forensic Science

1F

FSC

205

2

Microscopic Methods and Forensic Analysis

2F or 3F

FSC

307

3

Forensic Pattern Interpretation 3F or 4F

FSC

406

4

Law and Evidence

4S

FSC

415

3

Advanced Crime Scene Investigation

4F

FSC 465 3-6 Internship

or CRJ 465, Criminal Justice Administration Internship

4

MAT

106*

3

Beginning Algebra

1F

MAT

108

3 Intermediate Algebra

1S

MAT

215

3

Applied Statistics I

3S

There are 82 credits required for this major. Prerequisite courses may be necessary and the General Education Requirements must be completed.

* Math placement depends upon the results of the University math placement exam. Students with low math scores may be required to take MAT 108.