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The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (BSCJ) with a Specialization in Forensic Science degree provides students with an in-depth opportunity to explore the inner workings of medico-legal death investigation. With a heavy focus on such topics as theories of crime causation and victim crimes, this program prepares students with the knowledge and skills common to forensic science professionals.

  • Next Start Date

    November 10, 2014

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  • Program Length

    36 MONTHS

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  • Successful completion of AIU's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program with a Specialization in Forensic Science can provide students with an industry focused look into conducting a death scene investigation and techniques in establishing identity and post mortem interval. Students will also gain an applicable foundation of industry-related knowledge and skills, including how to:

    • Process a crime scene that includes collection, preservation and analysis of evidence, developing and lift fingerprints, blood spatter interpretation and write a narrative and scene description.
    • Explain forensic science, postmortem interval, body changes, relevant medical history, traumatic injury, postmortem lab tests, and the features of death scene investigations.
    • Define the roles and responsibilities of a forensic psychologist and their relationship with law enforcement officials.
    • Use the techniques of criminal investigation involving criminal profiling, psychological autopsies, hypnosis, and lie detection.
    • Understand computer crimes and investigation including use of incidence response tools, wireless network analysis and tool testing and analytical methodologies.
    • Apply forensic computer knowledge pertaining to data modeling, data definition language, data manipulation language, operating systems, and networking knowledge to solve crimes.


    Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation
    American InterContinental University is institutionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

  • In addition to the general education requirements, the Specialization in Forensic Science program includes the following courses, taught by instructors, many of whom have relevant career experience in the field of criminal justice. The experiences and firsthand perspectives they may share in class can help prepare you for real-life challenges after you graduate.


    • Arson Investigation
    • Evidence
    • Criminalistics
    • Aspects of Forensic Psychology
    • Psychopathology and Criminality
    • Medicolegal Death Investigation
    • Introduction to Biometrics
    • Cybercrimes
    • Forensic Biology


    Click here to download the AIU catalog for more information and a full list of courses for this degree.

  • AIU's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree program with a Specialization in Forensic Science is geared toward helping students learn specific skills such as notification of next of kin, interviewing witnesses and interpreting crime scene photography while also understanding jurisdiction established by the law to define the cause and manner of death.

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