BS in Criminal Justice - Crime Scene Investigation
In the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program with a concentration in Crime Scene Investigation, students have the chance to learn about how evidence is collected and used in the criminal justice system. Learn more about this Purdue Global University program here.
Official Program Name:
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Crime Scene Investigation
School Offering Program:
Purdue Global University
Bachelor of Science
Students interested in this program should have an understanding of the U.S. criminal justice system and our countries laws. Those looking into this program should also be detail oriented and have an interest in science. The minimum requirements to be admitted into this program include a high school diploma, GED, or the equivalent.
The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program with a concentration in Crime Scene Investigation gives students the chance to learn how technicians examine, collect, and process evidence. Major coursework includes classes in ethics, comparative criminal justice systems, organize crime, and managing criminal justice organizations. Instruction in the crime scene investigation career area includes crime scene photography, fingerprint analysis, forensic chemistry, and evidence analysis. Students must also complete core requirements in the sciences, arts, and humanities to graduate.
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Financial Aid Available:
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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a Concentration in Crime Scene Investigation:
In this program, students will have major coursework teaching the fundamentals of criminal justice including criminal law and procedures, ethics, and technology in criminal justice. Concentration specific coursework will dive more into crime scene investigation and analysis processes. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Purdue Global University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.
Major Requirements (64 credits)
- CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety
- CJ 101: Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
- CJ 102: Criminology I
- CJ 210: Criminal Investigation
- CJ 212: Crime Prevention OR
- CJ 233: Introduction to Forensic Psychology
- CJ 216: Computers, Technology, and Criminal Justice Information Systems
- CJ 227: Criminal Procedure
- CJ 230: Criminal Law for Criminal Justice
- CJ 340: Applied Criminal Justice Ethics
- CJ 345: Supervisory Practices in Criminal Justice OR
- CJ 444: Managing Criminal Justice Organizations
- CJ 490: Research Methods in Criminal Justice
- CJ 499: Bachelor's Capstone in Criminal Justice
Crime Scene Investigation Concentration (24 credits)
- CJ 328: Forensic Fingerprint Analysis
- CJ 345: Supervisory Practices in Criminal Justice
- CJ 370: Crime Scene Investigation II
- CJ 385: Forensic Chemistry and Trace Evidence Analysis
Core Requirements (33 credits)
- 100/200-level: General Education Courses (3 courses)
- 100/200-level: Math Course
- 200-level: Arts and Humanities Course
- 200-level: Physical Science Course
- 200-level: Social Science Course
Open Electives Requirement (59 credits)
Post Graduation Opportunities
Furthering Your Education:
Students completing this Purdue Global University program may be prepared to continue their education at the graduate level. Students who hold a master's degree may have a wider range of skills and be prepared for additional job opportunities. Examples of graduate degree programs students could apply for include:
- Master of Science in Criminal Justice
- Master of Science in Legal Studies
- Master of Public Administration with an intensive study area in criminal justice
Graduates of this program may have developed skills in analyzing and collecting evidence from crime scenes. These skills may prepare graduates to pursue entry-level careers in criminal justice or crime scene investigation. Job opportunities graduates could pursue include:
- Crime scene investigator
- Crime scene photographer
- Fingerprint analyst
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