Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice - Forensic Investigation

Exploring the intersection between science and crime, the Colorado Technical University Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a Concentration in Forensic Investigation (BSCJ-FI) degree program combines general CJ education with science-focused forensics.

This degree program covers all three components of the American Criminal Justice system – Law Enforcement, Courts, and Corrections – with a specific focus on the science of identifying, gathering, and analyzing evidence.

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CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

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  • Program Outline

    CTU’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a Concentration in Forensic Investigation program has 182 quarter-credit hours of required instruction. The BSCJ-FI program is broken in to three components: general education, core education, and concentration-specific courses.

    The general education courses deliver a well-rounded survey of universal skills and knowledge, while the core education courses cover concepts specific to Criminal Justice. Finally, the concentration courses feature in-depth coverage of the science, technology, and methodology of Forensic Investigation.

    In detail, the BSCJ-FI program features:

    • General education: The general education component of the BSCJ-FI takes a comprehensive approach to crucial subjects in any career path like math, science, and writing. Time is dedicated to courses that will inform the study of Criminal Justice, including a specific Ethics in Criminal Justice course. 66 quarter-credit hours are included in the general education component.

      Key general education courses in the program include Ethics in Criminal Justice, Introductory Sociology, American Government and Public Affairs, Technical and Professional Writing, and many more.

    • Core education: In the core education component of this degree program, students dive head-first in to the world of Criminal Justice. These courses are shared with the other Criminal Justice degree concentrations, and illuminate universally important concepts to all aspects of CJ – from the crime scene to the court house. Graduation requires 56-quarter credit hours of core education courses.

      Included in the core education for this program are courses on Criminology, Juvenile Delinquency, Law Enforcement Operations and Report Writing, Social Psychology, Victimology, and others.

    • Concentration: As the name implies, concentration courses focus specifically on Forensic Investigation. The coursework in this section seeks to educate students on the ins-and-outs of crime scene investigation, evidence analysis, and more. Concentration courses comprise 60 quarter-credit hours, including time dedicated to an internship or capstone project.

      Some of the Forensic Investigation-specific courses in this concentration include Advanced Crime Scene Forensics, Bones, Bugs & Teeth – The Recovery of Human Remains, Interview and Interrogation, Introduction to Criminalistics, and Introduction to Ridgeology, among many more.

    The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice – Forensic Investigation degree program requires students to either complete a Criminal Justice capstone project that demonstrates cumulative knowledge from all phases of the program or obtain an industry-relevant internship.

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    Degree Requirements

    Courses: General Education
    CJUS261Ethics in Criminal Justice4.5
    COMS201Technical and Professional Writing4.5
    COMS203Speech Communications4.5
    ENGL104Introductory Written Communication 4.5
    ENGL105Professional Written Communications 4.5
    HIST101Modern American History: 1950 to the 21st Century4.5
    MATH102Introduction to College Math4.5
    MATH106Algebra for Business4.5
    POLS101Introduction to Political Science4.5
    PSYC102Introductory Psychology4.5
    SCI101Introduction to the Sciences4.5
    SCI103Science and Technology- Laboratory Course1.5
    SCI201Environmental Science and Sustainability4.5
    SCI203Environmental Science and Sustainability - Laboratory Course1.5
    SOCL102Introductory Sociology4.5
    UNIV104Academic and Career Success4.5
    Total Credit Hours:66
    Courses: Core
    CJUS141Introduction to Criminal Justice4
    CJUS201Law Enforcement Operations and Report Writing4
    CJUS254Introduction to Homeland Security4
    CJUS263American Corrections4
    CJUS285Juvenile Delinquency4
    CJUS290Criminal Law4
    CJUS375Criminal Procedure4
    CJUS440The Laws of Evidence4
    PBAD201Public Administration4
    PSYC210Social Psychology4
    PSYC337Abnormal Psychology in the Workplace4
    UNIV201Career Planning and Management4
    Total Credit Hours:56
    Courses: Concentration
    CJFI360Introduction to Criminalistics4
    CJFI410Advanced Crime Scene Forensics4
    CJFI420Forensic Photography & Crime Scene Documentation4
    CJFI430Medico-Legal Death Investigations4
    CJFI440Bones, Bugs & Teeth – The Recovery of Human Remains4
    CJUS448Criminal Investigation4
    CJFI451Introduction to Ridgeology4
    CJUS460Interview and Interrogation4
    CJUS484Criminal Justice Capstone4
    ELE Select 4 credit hours of electives from the list provided4
    HRMT215Management of Human Resources4
    IT254Spreadsheet Applications4
    MGM335Organizational Behavior Principles4
    PBAD301Grant Writing Basics4
    PSYC436Introduction to Criminal Profiling4
    Total Credit Hours:60

    Total Credit Hours: 182

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    Cost of this degree may be reduced based on one or more of the following:

    Students in CTU bachelor's degree programs may bring a wealth of knowledge to the classroom. CTU Fast Track™ lets students earn college credit for what they already know. As a result, students can complete their degree up to 30% faster. Just as important, by passing multiple Fast Track exams, students can save up to 30% on tuition because they won’t have to pay for the classes they test out of. There’s no additional cost for the exams and no penalty if a student fails to pass.*

    Take a look at the list of current Fast Track courses and see how many courses you may be able to earn credit for.

    *The ability to reduce time in school and/or reduce tuition depends on the number of Fast Track™ tests successfully passed. Fast Track™ program credits are unlikely to transfer. Not all programs are eligible for possible 30% reduction in time and money. Courses eligible subject to change.

  • Outcomes

    Upon completion of Colorado Technical University’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice – Forensic Investigation degree program, graduates will be able to:

    • Carry out interviews and interrogations
    • Utilize a variety of crime scene methodologies to collect evidence
    • Understand search and seizure and basic crime scene reconstruction procedures
    • Collect fingerprints using ink and utilize the Analysis, Comparison, Evaluation, and Verification ACE-V methodology

    CTU's BSCJ-FI degree program provides students with knowledge essential to success in various Criminal Justice careers. The coursework is given a professional focus by educators with real-world experience in CJ.

    Potential career paths for BSCJ-FI graduates include:1

    • Forensic Science Technician
    • Laboratory Manager
    • Project Administrator
    • Forensics Team Lead
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