Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice - Forensic Investigation

Colorado Technical University’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Forensic Investigation program includes lab and realistic experiences where you can become familiar with crime investigation and criminal profiling. Along with an understanding of social and abnormal psychology and the rules of evidence, you can learn various investigative skills and techniques such as forensic photography, fingerprint identification and the implications of bones, bugs and teeth in human remains. You can also have the opportunity to develop effective interview and interrogation skills.

Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation
CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

  • Classes start in 6 Weeks

  • Checkmark icon Total Credits  182

This program is available at the following campuses and/or online: Denver

Program Details

Concentrations
Career Paths
Curriculum
Alumni Experience
Employer Experience
  • Concentrations

    Forensic Investigation is just one of the industry-relevant concentrations CTU offers in the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree program. Choose the option below that best supports your educational goals.

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  • Career Paths

    If you want to achieve more in your career, you have to own every opportunity— starting with the right Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree. Potential career paths for those who earn a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in Forensic Investigation include:1

    • Compliance Manager
    • Security Manager
    • Senior Program Manager
    • Program Manager
    • Project Administrator
    • Project Leader
    • Laboratory Manager
    • Team Leader
    • Project Lead
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  • Curriculum

    The following courses are specific to the Forensic Investigation concentration. To view courses that must be completed for all Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degrees, visit the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice overview page.

    • Organizational Behavior
    • Introduction to Criminalistics 
    • Advanced Crime Scene Forensics 
    • Forensic Photography & Crime Scene Documentation 
    • Medico-Legal Death Investigations
    • Bones, Bugs & Teeth – The Recovery of Human Remains 
    • Criminal Investigation
    • Introduction to Ridgeology
    • Interview and Interrogation
    • Internship or Criminal Justice Capstone 
    • Management of Human Resources 
    • Spreadsheet Applications 
    • Grant Writing Basics 
    • Introduction to Criminal Profiling 

    Electives: Select 4 credit hours

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  • Alumni Experience

    Starting in 2012, CTU began a longitudinal study of the impact of higher education on its graduates’ career progression. Each year the study surveys alumni who graduated from CTU one, three, five, and ten years prior. The results are specific to each degree. Below are areas the alumni were asked about.2

    Satisfaction with Colorado Technical University Rating (%)*
    Satisfaction with experience at CTU
    89%
    Likely to recommend CTU to a friend or colleague
    87%
    Instructors appeared knowledgeable in their subject matter
    94%
    CTU’s program prepared me to pursue a career in my field
    78%
    My education has helped me advance my career
    64%
    Satisfaction with Colorado Technical University Rating (%)*
    Engage in creative problem solving
    81%
    Understand all sides of an issue or challenge
    84%
    Team up with co-workers to solve issues and challenges
    77%
    Communicate effectively with co-workers
    78%
    Communicate effectively with my manager
    78%

    *Percentage of respondents who agreed that CTU equipped them for skill or competency

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  • Employer Experience

    Since 2010, CTU has measured the experience of employers with recent CTU graduates on their staff to better understand how to deliver a curriculum to students that provide the broadest opportunities for career growth. The results are specific to each degree. Below are areas employees were asked about in regards to their CTU Alumni employees.3,4

    Employer Experience Rating (%)*
    Likelihood that an employer of a CTU grad would hire another
    83%
    CTU graduates performed as well or better than other employees
    100%
    CTU graduates prepared as well or better than other employees to work at their job5
    100%
    Employers' Ranking of CTU Graduates' Skills & Competencies Rating (%)*
    Analyze data effectively
    87%
    Demonstrate appropriate problem-solving skills on the job
    88%
    Can be trusted to communicate appropriately with senior leadership at organization5
    87%
    Can be trusted to write a report (or other communication) without managerial editorial input
    85%
    Demonstrate understanding of communications written to them
    90%
    Are able to negotiate compromises
    89%
    Take direction well
    88%
    Work effectively in a team environment
    87%
    Coordinate team projects effectively
    84%
    Manage conflicts effectively
    83%
    Provide input on planning for business
    86%
    Take initiative to lead projects5
    84%
    Think about how their projects will impact the business5
    83%

    *Percentage of respondents who agreed or strongly agreed

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1http://www.burning-glass.com/realtime; The career titles are provided by Burning Glass. These results are based upon an analysis of over 7 million current job listings compiled from over 17,000 sources – the world’s most comprehensive repository of job openings. Students who earn this degree should not view this list as exhaustive and are not limited to only these options post-graduation. Some career titles listed above may not be entry-level and may require further education or job experience.

2Alumni Survey - 2012 CTU Alumni Career Progression Research: Survey of CTU alumni who graduated in designated years between 2002 and 2011.

3Employer Survey - 2012 CTU Employer Experience Research: Survey of CTU alumni who graduated in designated years between 2002 and 2011.

4Employer Survey - 2011 CTU Employer Experience Research: Survey of 2010 CTU graduates.

5Employer Survey - 2012 CTU Employer Experience Research: Survey of 2011 CTU graduates.

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