Forensic Investigation Major, B.S.

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

Course Title Credits
General Requirements
General Education 140-53
Non-Departmental Core Requirements
BIOLOGY6-10
Two biology courses with lab, 3-5 credits each
CHEMSTRY 1240General Chemistry II4
Forensic Investigation Core Requirements 2
FORENSIC 1320Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation3
FORENSIC 3020Forensic Criminology3
FORENSIC 3800Research Methods in Forensic Investigation3
FORENSIC 4920Forensic Investigation Seminar3
Total Credits62-79

Forensic Investigation Emphases

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

Crime Scene Emphasis

Course Title Credits
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
The Washington Center - The LEAD Colloquium
The Washington Center - Evening Topics Course
The Washington Center - CJ Internship
Total Credits16

In addition, all forensic investigation majors with a crime scene emphasis must earn a “C-” or better in each required and elective course in the emphasis.

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.

Course Title Credits
Required Courses
FORENSIC 3140Criminalistics4
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
The Washington Center - The LEAD Colloquium
The Washington Center - Evening Topics Course
The Washington Center - CJ Internship
Total Credits16

In addition, all forensic investigation majors with a laboratory emphasis must earn a “C-” or better in each required and elective course in the emphasis.

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.

The Washington Center

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC) offers semester-long internship experiences for students in Washington, D.C. for students. Criminal justice and forensic investigation students accepted to the TWC program would enroll in 15 credits of TWC-related courses during the semester they will be in Washington, D.C.; see the Criminal Justice major page for more information. Criminal Justice and Forensic Investigation majors are welcome to apply and should contact the Criminal Justice Department Chair for more information on the application process. Please visit https://www.TWC.edu for more information.