Criminal Justice Program

Criminal Justice will provide students with knowledge of the nature and causes of crime, criminal justice processes, security and law enforcement. Students will be introduced to social scientific methods and technologies and theoretical models needed for analysis and critique of the criminal justice system.

The Certificate in Forensic Science – Crime Scene Investigation program concentrates on crime scene investigation as distinguished from forensic science laboratory analysis. The crime scene investigator is oriented to field operations and the collection of evidence for laboratory evaluation. The professional practice of crime scene investigation requires an understanding of professional ethics, competency in safety protocols and laboratory procedures, knowledge of criminal law and the legal process, effective written and verbal communication skills and competency in the collection and preservation of evidence.

The Certificate in Forensic Science – Crime Scene Investigation program is structured as a concentration within the criminal justice program in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice. The Certificate in Forensic Science – Crime Scene Investigation program adheres to the directives and recommendations of the National Academy of Sciences report, Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward (2009) and the National Institute of Justice’s 2004 report, Education and Training in Forensic Science: A Guide for Forensic Science Laboratories, Educational Institutions and Students. The certificate can be earned as a concentration with the Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice or it can be earned separately without the completion of the requirements for the Bachelors degree.