Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Degree Specialization in
Forensic Science

When you pursue a Criminal Justice degree with a specialization in Forensic Science at AIU, you can learn to help investigators solve crimes, study the causes and theories of crime, and conduct a crime scene investigation.

Next Online Start Date:

May 30, 2018

Total Credits:

180

Offered:

Online
Atlanta
Houston

Program Details

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.

The Program in Depth

AIU offers a professionally-focused BSCJ program with a specialization in Forensic Science 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 Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program with a Specialization in Forensic Science can help prepare students with the knowledge and skills specific to the forensic-science profession.

Our specialization courses 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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Degree Requirements

General Education
ENGL 106 English Composition I 4.5
ENGL 107 English Composition II 4.5
MATH 125 General College Mathematics 4.5
UNIV 103 Academic and Professional Success 4.5
UNIV 106 Technology and Information Literacy 4.5
UNIV 109 Interpersonal Communication 4.5
General Education Electives (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
Core
CRJS 101 Foundations of Criminal Justice Systems 4.5
CRJS 105 Theories of Crime Causation 4.5
CRJS 205 Introduction to Criminal Law 4.5
CRJS 210 Introduction to Law Enforcement 4.5
CRJS 215 Introduction to American Court System 4.5
CRJS 220 Foundations of Corrections 4.5
CRJS 310 Crime Victim Studies 4.5
CRJS 315 Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Theory 4.5
CRJS 330 Constitutional Issues in Criminal Procedures 4.5
CRJS 355 Evidence 4.5
CRJS 405 Research Methods & Statistics for Criminal Justice 4.5
CRJS 499 Senior Capston in Criminal Justice 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 54
General Electives

Select 10 undergraduate Elective courses

Total Credit Hours: 45
Forensic Science Track

Specialization Outcome: Apply knowledge and skills needed by entry-level professionals in crime-scene, forensic science, investigation and related professions within the criminal justice system

CRJS 365 Criminalistics 4.5
CRJS 406 Criminalistics II 4.5
CRJS 471 Medicolegal Death Investigation 4.5
CRJS 478 Forensic Biology 4.5
CRJS 455 Criminal Investigation 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 22.5

Total Credit Hours: 180

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 a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Forensic Science, your classes may include:

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.

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.

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.

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.

View the Course Catalog. Course content subject to change.

From grants to military service to transfer credit, see the variety of opportunities available to save time and money on your 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

Program Outline

The Program in Depth

AIU offers a professionally-focused BSCJ program with a specialization in Forensic Science 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 Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program with a Specialization in Forensic Science can help prepare students with the knowledge and skills specific to the forensic-science profession.

Our specialization courses 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

Download program detail PDF

Courses

Degree Requirements

General Education
ENGL 106 English Composition I 4.5
ENGL 107 English Composition II 4.5
MATH 125 General College Mathematics 4.5
UNIV 103 Academic and Professional Success 4.5
UNIV 106 Technology and Information Literacy 4.5
UNIV 109 Interpersonal Communication 4.5
General Education Electives (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
Core
CRJS 101 Foundations of Criminal Justice Systems 4.5
CRJS 105 Theories of Crime Causation 4.5
CRJS 205 Introduction to Criminal Law 4.5
CRJS 210 Introduction to Law Enforcement 4.5
CRJS 215 Introduction to American Court System 4.5
CRJS 220 Foundations of Corrections 4.5
CRJS 310 Crime Victim Studies 4.5
CRJS 315 Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Theory 4.5
CRJS 330 Constitutional Issues in Criminal Procedures 4.5
CRJS 355 Evidence 4.5
CRJS 405 Research Methods & Statistics for Criminal Justice 4.5
CRJS 499 Senior Capston in Criminal Justice 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 54
General Electives

Select 10 undergraduate Elective courses

Total Credit Hours: 45
Forensic Science Track

Specialization Outcome: Apply knowledge and skills needed by entry-level professionals in crime-scene, forensic science, investigation and related professions within the criminal justice system

CRJS 365 Criminalistics 4.5
CRJS 406 Criminalistics II 4.5
CRJS 471 Medicolegal Death Investigation 4.5
CRJS 478 Forensic Biology 4.5
CRJS 455 Criminal Investigation 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 22.5

Total Credit Hours: 180

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 a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Forensic Science, your classes may include:

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.

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.

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.

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.

View the Course Catalog. Course content subject to change.

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.

Ways to Save

From grants to military service to transfer credit, see the variety of opportunities available to save time and money on your 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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