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BS in Criminal Justice - Crime Scene Investigation

Students in Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Crime Scene Investigation program have the opportunity to learn about the practice, theory, and history of criminal justice. Coursework includes general education requirements, major courses, and specialization courses. Find out more about the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Crime Scene Investigation emphasis here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Crime Scene Investigation Emphasis

School Offering Program:

Kaplan University

Degree Level:

Bachelor of Science

Program Description:

Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Crime Scene Investigation emphasis is designed to prepare students to pursue careers in the criminal justice field, including law enforcement and crime scene investigation. The bachelor's degree program combines a broad-based liberal arts education with specific instruction in criminal justice and crime scene investigation. Students could gain skills in a number of areas, including mathematics, research, critical thinking, and technology. Within the major area of study, students have the opportunity to study legal principles, crime scene investigation, forensic science, research methodology, and leadership for criminal justice. As a graduate, you may qualify to pursue a crime investigation position in a law enforcement organization.*

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length/Total Credits Required:

180 credits. Kaplan University defines an academic year as the time in which a full-time student is expected to complete three terms of instructional time. Full-time students are expected to complete at least 36 credit hours within the academic year.

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Aid opportunities include military aid and federal, state, and private lending programs.

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Crime Scene Investigation Emphasis:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Kaplan University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Crime Scene Investigation Specialization Requirements

  • CJ 305: Legal Foundations of Criminal Evidence (6 credits)
  • Choose one of the following (6 credits):
    • CJ 327: Crime Scene Photography
    • CJ 328: Forensic Fingerprint Analysis
  • CJ 370: Crime Scene Investigation II (6 credits)
  • Choose one of the following (6 credits):
    • CJ 385: Forensic Chemistry and Trace Evidence Analysis
    • CJ 386: Forensic Biology and Impression Evidence

Major Requirements

  • CJ 101: Introduction to the Criminal Justice System (5 credits)
  • CJ 102: Criminology I (5 credits)
  • CJ 210: Criminal Investigation (5 credits)
  • CJ 216: Computers, Technology, and Criminal Justice Information Systems (5 credits)
  • CJ 227: Criminal Procedure (5 credits)
  • CJ 230: Criminal Law for Criminal Justice (5 credits)
  • CJ 340: Applied Criminal Justice Ethics (6 credits)
  • CJ 490: Research Methods in Criminal Justice (6 credits)
  • CJ 499: Bachelor's Capstone in Criminal Justice (6 credits)
  • CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety (5 credits)
  • Choose one of the following (5 credits):
    • CJ 212: Crime Prevention
    • CJ 233: Introduction to Forensic Psychology
    • CJ 264: White-Collar Crime
    • CJ 266: Deviance and Violence
    • CJ 293: Investigating Terrorism
  • Choose one of the following (6 credits):
    • CJ 343: Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
    • CJ 345: Supervisory Practices in Criminal Justice
    • CJ 350: Organized Crime
    • CJ 444: Managing Criminal Justice Organizations

Core Degree Requirements and Electives

  • 100/200-level: Communication Course (5 credits)
  • 100/200-level: Mathematics Course (5 credits)
  • 200-level: Communication Course (5 credits)
  • 300/400-level: Arts and Humanities Course (6 credits)
  • 300/400-level: Physical Science Course (6 credits)
  • 300/400-level: Social Science Course (6 credits)
  • Open Electives (59 credits)

Post Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Students who complete the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Crime Scene Investigation emphasis may be interested in advanced education programs. Graduates could be eligible to pursue an advanced degree programs, including professional and master's degree programs.*

Advanced degree programs students could pursue include (but are not limited to):

  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Forensic Science
  • Juris Doctor (J.D.)

Career Paths:

The BS in Criminal Justice - Crime Scene Investigation program is designed to provide students with a variety of career-oriented skills in crime scene photography, criminal forensics, legal principles, and criminological theory. Students could qualify for a variety of careers in the criminal justice field.

Possible positions graduates of the program may pursue include:

  • Forensic investigator
  • Crime scene photographer
  • Fingerprint analyst
  • Law enforcement officer

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