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 degree program combines general criminal justice education with science-focused forensics.

This degree program is designed to introduce students to 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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    Colorado Springs | Denver

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    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
    Courses- Elective Choices
    CJFI430Medico-Legal Death Investigations4
    CJHS311Study of Alcohol Use and Abuse5
    CJHS315Child Abuse4
    CJHS470Sex Crimes4
    CJUS275Security Management4
    CJUS350Community Corrections4
    CJUS352Community Policing4
    CJUS354Criminal Courts4
    CJUS356Loss Prevention4
    CJUS360Legal Elements of Fraud4
    CJUS380White Collar and Financial Crimes4
    CJUS385Fraud Prevention & Deterrence4
    CJUS420Family and Domestic Violence4
    CJUS422Probation and Parole4
    CJUS424Constitutional Law4
    CJUS434Terrorism and Organized Crime4
    CJUS450Forensic Criminology4
    LANG100Survival Spanish4
    PSYC436Introduction to Criminal Profiling4
    SOCL325Licit and Illicit Drugs4

    Total Credit Hours: 182

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    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

    This degree program is designed to provide the following skills and knowledge:

    • Possess the knowledge and skills to help secure a position in the criminal justice field
    • Identify/recognize the diverse needs of the criminal justice system and the public it serves
    • Apply communication, professional skills and technical knowledge in the criminal justice field
    • Demonstrate a foundational forensic investigative knowledge and skill base
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