Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Degree Specialization in Forensic Science

Online Forensic Science Degree

When you pursue an online Forensic Science Degree at AIU, you can study how to help investigators solve crimes, study the causes and theories of crime, and conduct a crime scene investigation.


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Program Details

Online Forensic Science Degree Program Outline

The Program in Depth

AAIU offers an Online Forensic Science Degree program in crime scene investigation that is designed to provide students with a unique blend of education in science, law-enforcement practice and crime-scene investigation for study in the field of forensic science.

In this specialized curriculum, students can study jurisdiction established by the law to define the cause and manner of death, conduct a death-scene investigation, and study techniques in establishing identity and post-mortem interval. They can also explore specific skills, such as notification of next of kin, interviewing witnesses and interpreting crime-scene photography.

Successful completion of AIU’s Online Forensic Science Degree program can help prepare students with the knowledge and skills specific to the forensic-science profession.

Online Forensic Science programs can help you learn how to:

  • Process a crime scene, including 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, including criminal profiling, psychological autopsies, hypnosis and lie detection
  • Define and understand computer crimes and investigation, including the 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

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Forensic Science Courses

Degree Requirements

General Education
ENGL106 English Composition I 4.5
ENGL107 English Composition II 4.5
MATH125 General College Mathematics 4.5
UNIV103 Academic and Professional Success 4.5
UNIV106 Technology and Information Literacy 4.5
UNIV109 Interpersonal Communication 4.5
General Education Elective (1 Course) 4.5
Humanities (2 Courses) 9
Natural Sciences (2 Courses) 9
Social and Behavioral Sciences (2 courses) 9
Total Credit Hours: 58.5

CRJS101 Foundations of Criminal Justice Systems 4.5
CRJS105 Theories of Crime Causation 4.5
CRJS205 Introduction to Criminal Law 4.5
CRJS210 Introduction to Law Enforcement 4.5
CRJS215 Introduction to American Court System 4.5
CRJS220 Foundations of Corrections 4.5
CRJS310 Crime Victim Studies 4.5
CRJS315 Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Theory 4.5
CRJS330 Constitutional Issues in Criminal Procedures 4.5
CRJS355 Evidence 4.5
CRJS405 Research Methods & Statistics for Criminal Justice 4.5
CRJS499 Senior Capstone in Criminal Justice 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 54
General Electives
Select 10 undergraduate Elective courses
Total Credit Hours: 45

General Criminal Justice Track
In lieu of a Specialization, select 5 Criminal Justice Electives from any of the Specializations below
Total Credit Hours: 22.5
Forensic Science
CRJS365 Criminalistics 4.5
CRJS406 Criminalistics II 4.5
CRJS471 Medicolegal Death Investigation 4.5
CRJS478 Forensic Biology 4.5
CRJS455 Criminal Investigation 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 22.5

Total Credit Hours : 180

Forensic Science Classes Overview

Some Courses You'll Take

AIU’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree program combines the required general-education courses that can provide liberal-arts foundation with specialized courses designed so students can pursue an education in the criminal-justice field, with particular emphases in the study of policing, courts, criminology, corrections, juvenile justice, homeland security and the field of forensic science.

For an Online Forensic Science Degree, your classes may include:


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.

Aspects of Forensic Psychology

This course examines the aspects of human behavior directly related to the legal process and the professional practice of psychology in the context of forensic science. The course explores many aspects of the practice of forensic psychology including assessment, treatment, and consultation within the legal system that encompasses both criminal and civil law. The student will learn the many ways psychology can assist and influence the legal system. Finally, students will be introduced to various career opportunities in forensic psychology and will be exposed to a variety of professionals who work in the area of forensic science.

Criminalistics II

Criminalistics II is part II of a two part series. This course introduces the non-scientific student to the field of forensic science through an exploration of its applications to criminal investigations, and clear explanations of the techniques, abilities, and limitations of the modern crime laboratory. The course combines classroom lecture/discussion with practical laboratory exercises related to the field of forensics. Topics include the recognition, identification, collection/preservation, individualization, and evaluation of physical evidence such as hairs, fibers, chemicals, blood, semen, glass, soil, fingerprints, documents, firearms, impression evidence, and serial number restoration. Students will document a crime scene by means of photography, notes, and scene sketching.

Psychopathology and Criminality

This course is designed to provide students with a firm understanding of abnormal human behavior. Students will gain knowledge and insight into disorders relating to eating, sleeping, attention deficit, mood, learning, impulse control, sexuality, criminality, and interpersonal conflict. The nature of various disorders will be discussed as well as their impact on criminal behavior. The diagnosis and treatment of these disorders will be covered in this class.

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.


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.

Criminal Investigation

This course explores the elements of investigation including crime scenes, witnesses and evidence, and includes such topics as investigative techniques, evidence documentation, interrogation and arrest. The course addresses the particulars of investigating major crimes.

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Tuition and Fees

Total tuition for this degree program may vary depending on your educational needs, existing experience, and other factors.

Estimate your costs, potential savings and graduation date.

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Ways to Save on Your Online Forensic Science Degree

From grants to military service to transfer credits, see the variety of ways you can save time and money on your Online Forensic Science Degree at AIU:

  • Scholarships & Grants - AIU offers a number of institutional scholarships and grants that can help eligible students offset the program cost and help reduce out of pocket costs
  • Reduced Military Tuition Rate – AIU Online offers a 45% tuition reduction to active military undergraduate students and a 20% tuition reduction to active military graduate students, including members of the Reserves and National Guard
  • Transfer Credit – AIU’s transfer-friendly credit policy lets you transfer in up to 75% of the qualifying credits needed toward your degree
  • Prior Learning Credit – You can receive credits for past college courses, qualifying military service, or eligible work experience

For more information, review the AIU guides below:

  • Financial Aid Guide: Our guide to financial aid can answer your initial questions and help you prepare to apply for financial aid
  • Scholarships and Grants Guide: Learn about the scholarships and grants offered by AIU along with details about eligibility
  • Transfer Credit Guide: This guide explores how to transfer your credits from other schools—and earn college credit for your eligible past work and qualifying military experience

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Reporting Period: 7/1/2016 through 6/30/2017
Date Submitted: 12/2017

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