Program Details

Program Outline

Successful completion of AIU’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program with a Specialization in Forensic Science prepares students with the knowledge and skills specific to the forensic science profession.


We can help you learn how to:

  • Process a crime scene that includes collection, preservation and analysis of evidence; developing and lifting fingerprints; and blood spatter interpretation and then write a narrative and scene description
  • Define forensic science, postmortem interval, body changes, relevant medical history, traumatic injury, postmortem lab tests and 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
  • Define and 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.

Requirements

General Education

COMP 101Introduction to Computers

4.5

COMP 102Introduction to Computers Lab

1.5

CRJS 201Ethics and Criminal Justice

4.5

ENGL 106English Composition I

4.5

ENGL 107English Composition II

4.5

HUMA 205Art Appreciation

4.5

or

PHIL 201Introduction to Philosophy

4.5

MATH 125General College Mathematics

4.5

PRES 111Presentation Essentials

4.5

SSCI 206Aspects of Psychology

4.5

SSCI 210Sociology

4.5

SCIE 206Biology

4.5

SCIE 207Biology Lab

1.5

SCIE 210Environmental Science

4.5

SCIE 211Environmental Science Lab

1.5

General Education Electives (1)

4.5

Total Credit Hours:58.5

General Electives

General Elective

4.5

General Elective

4.5

General Elective

4.5

General Elective

4.5

General Elective

4.5

General Elective

4.5

General Elective or Internship

4.5

Total Credit Hours:31.5

Lower Division Core

CRJS 101Foundations of Criminal Justice Systems

4.5

CRJS 105Theories of Crime Causation

4.5

CRJS 205Introduction to Criminal Law

4.5

CRJS 210Introduction to Law Enforcement

4.5

CRJS 215Introduction to American Court System

4.5

CRJS 220Foundations of Corrections

4.5

Total Credit Hours:27

Upper Division Core

CRJS 310Crime Victim Studies

4.5

CRJS 315Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Theory

4.5

CRJS 330Constitutional Issues in Criminal Procedures

4.5

CRJS 335Evidence

4.5

CRJS 405Research Methods & Statistics for Criminal Justice

4.5

Total Credit Hours:22.5

Capstone Requirement

CRJS 499Senior Capstone in Criminal Justice

4.5

Total Credit Hours:4.5

Specialization

Forensic Science

CRJS 365Criminalistics

4.5

CRJS 375Aspects of Forensic Psychology

4.5

CRJS 406Criminalistics II

4.5
CRJS 466Psychopathology and Criminality

4.5

CRJS 471Medicolegal Death Investigation

4.5
CRJS 475Cybercrimes

4.5

CRJS 478Forensic Biology

4.5

CRJS 455Criminal Investigation

4.5

Classes overview

At AIU, more of the courses you take, on average, are devoted to your field of interest than at other similar schools. Your classes may include:

Arson Investigation

This course will explore criminal and scientific investigation techniques associated with arson. Various arson causation theories and principles of incendiary fire analysis and detection along with social, psychological and environmental factors associated with arson will be explored. This course will assist students in identifying the origin and cause of suspicious fires.

Criminalistics

Criminalistics is part I of a two part series. This course is a survey course of forensic science. The course content will focus on defining “forensic science”; recognizing practices of legitimate, junk and fraudulent science; examining the properties of physical evidence; discussing the scope, potential and limitations of a variety of forensic sciences; examining analytical techniques applied by forensic scientists; evaluating the criteria for admissibility of scientific evidence; and discussing the ethical responsibilities of forensic scientists.

Medicolegal Death Investigation

This course introduces the student to the field of medicolegal death investigation in the context of forensic science. In this course, students will learn jurisdiction established by the law to define the cause and manner of death, conduct a death scene investigation and techniques in establishing identity and post mortem interval. Students will obtain skills in notification of next of kin, interviewing witnesses and interpreting crime scene photography.

Cybercrimes

This hands-on introductory course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to begin a computer-based investigation. The course begins with an overview of computer forensics and then proceeds to introduce forensics tools, concepts and documentation of evidence/procedures. The course uses common and accepted incident Response Policies and Procedures for previewing and securing digital evidence. Topics include: the basics of computer evidence and basic forensic methodology.

Forensic Biology

This introductory course exposes students to the areas of cellular biology, forensic serology, genetics and human physiology as well as their applications within forensic science. Through lectures, readings, discussions and general exercises emphasizing the fundamentals of basic science within Forensic Biology, students will learn the principles of biological and biochemical processing in relationship to forensics. The course will afford students the opportunity to enhance their critical thinking and problem solving skills within the field of forensic science. This course includes a discussion of the various areas of forensic science where a biologist can specialize.

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