Students cannot double major in criminal justice and forensic investigation, but can major in one and minor in the other.

General Requirements
Core Curriculum 140-53
Non-Departmental Core Requirements
BIOLOGY 24-5
CHEMSTRY 1240General Chemistry II4
Forensic Investigation Core Requirements 3
FORENSIC 1320Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation3
FORENSIC 3020Forensic Criminology3
FORENSIC 3800Research Methods in Forensic Investigation3
FORENSIC 4920Forensic Investigation Seminar3
Total Credits60-74
1

Depends upon high school foreign language courses completed, scores on the UW System Mathematics and English Placement tests, and whether courses selected for international education and ethnic/gender studies also count for other liberal arts requirements

2

In addition to general education requirements

3

Grade of "C-" or higher required

In addition, all forensic investigation majors:

  1. must earn a “C-” or better in each required core course
  2. must earn a “C-” or better in ENGLISH 1130 and ENGLISH 1230

Forensic Investigation Emphases

Students must select one of the two emphases within the forensic investigation major.

Crime Scene Emphasis

Required Courses
FORENSIC 2320Fingerprint Analysis and Other Biometrics3
FORENSIC 2420Evidence Collection and Preservation3
FORENSIC 3040Crime Scene Processing Techniques4
CRIMLJUS 4330Criminal Procedure and Evidence3
Electives
Select at least 3 credits of the following:3
Investigative Photography
Medicolegal Investigation
Clandestine Graves
Courtroom Testimony and Evidence
Directed Individual Studies
Current Topics in Forensic Investigation
Honors Research in Forensic Investigation
Internship
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Foundations of Policing
Criminal Investigation
Criminology
Criminal Law
Total Credits16

Laboratory Emphasis

For the laboratory emphasis within the forensic investigation major, students are required to complete a Natural Science Non-Teaching minor from one of the following: biology, chemistry, geography, or physics.

Required Courses
FORENSIC 2800Criminalistics4
FORENSIC 4020Courtroom Testimony and Evidence3
Electives
Select at least 9 credits of the following:9
Fingerprint Analysis and Other Biometrics
Evidence Collection and Preservation
Investigative Photography
Medicolegal Investigation
Clandestine Graves
Directed Individual Studies
Current Topics in Forensic Investigation
Honors Research in Forensic Investigation
Internship
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Foundations of Policing
Criminal Investigation
Criminology
Criminal Law
Criminal Procedure and Evidence
Total Credits16

Internship Eligibility

To be eligible for an internship, the student must have earned at least 60 credits plus 12 upper division criminal justice/forensic investigation credits, have a G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher, and have achieved a passing score on the department's writing proficiency examination.