Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice - Forensic Investigation
If you have an interest in solving crimes, building cases, and taking criminals off the streets, a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice with a Forensic Investigation concentration from CTU could be right for you. In this program, you can work to develop a solid foundation in law enforcement, the courts, and corrections as well as foundational forensic investigative knowledge. Combining the best of theory and practice, you’ll go into the lab for real-world experience in investigating crimes and criminal profiling.
Employment of forensic science technicians is projected to grow 17 percent from 2016 - 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.1 The BSCJ-FI degree can help you prepare to enter that field.
The BSCJ in Forensic Investigation:
- Has CTU Fast Track™ exams available - a series of mini modules designed to test your knowledge of key course objectives, offering the opportunity to earn college credit for what you already know
At CTU, students come first. Our flexible online course schedules are designed to help you to build a class schedule around your schedule. And with grants and scholarships available for those who qualify, a degree from CTU can be both achievable and affordable. Learn more below or fill out the form to speak with an admissions advisor.
Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation
CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission www.hlcommission.org
- Colorado Springs
- Aurora (Denver Area)
Courses: General Education
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours CJUS261 Ethics in Criminal Justice 4.5 COMS201 Technical and Professional Writing 4.5 COMS105 Interpersonal Communication 4.5 or COMS203 Speech Communications 4.5 ENGL104 Introductory Written Communication 4.5 ENGL105 Professional Written Communications 4.5 HIST101 Modern American History: 1950 to the 21st Century 4.5 MATH102 Introduction to College Math 4.5 MATH106 Algebra for Business 4.5 POLS101 Introduction to Political Science 4.5 PSYC102 Introductory Psychology 4.5 SCI101 Introduction to the Sciences 4.5 SCI103 Science and Technology- Laboratory Course 1.5 SCI201 Environmental Science and Sustainability 4.5 SCI203 Environmental Science and Sustainability - Laboratory Course 1.5 SOCL102 Introductory Sociology 4.5 UNIV104 Academic and Career Success 4.5 Total Credit Hours: 66
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours CJUS141 Introduction to Criminal Justice 4 CJUS201 Law Enforcement Operations and Report Writing 4 CJUS254 Introduction to Homeland Security 4 CJUS263 American Corrections 4 CJUS280 Victimology 4 CJUS285 Juvenile Delinquency 4 CJUS290 Criminal Law 4 CJUS343 Criminology 4 CJUS375 Criminal Procedure 4 CJUS440 The Laws of Evidence 4 PBAD201 Public Administration 4 PSYC210 Social Psychology 4 PSYC337 Abnormal Psychology in the Workplace 4 UNIV201 Career Planning and Management 4 Total Credit Hours: 56
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours CJFI360 Introduction to Criminalistics 4 CJFI410 Advanced Crime Scene Forensics 4 CJFI420 Forensic Photography & Crime Scene Documentation 4 CJFI430 Medico-Legal Death Investigations 4 CJFI440 Bones, Bugs & Teeth – The Recovery of Human Remains 4 CJUS448 Criminal Investigation 4 CJFI451 Introduction to Ridgeology 4 CJUS460 Interview and Interrogation 4 CJUS475 Internship 4 or CJUS484 Criminal Justice Capstone 4 ELE Select 4 credit hours of electives from the list provided 4 HRMT215 Management of Human Resources 4 IT254 Spreadsheet Applications 4 MGM335 Organizational Behavior Principles 4 PBAD301 Grant Writing Basics 4 PSYC436 Introduction to Criminal Profiling 4 Total Credit Hours: 60
Courses- Elective Choices
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours CJFI430 Medico-Legal Death Investigations 4 CJHS311 Study of Alcohol Use and Abuse 5 CJHS315 Child Abuse 4 CJHS470 Sex Crimes 4 CJUS275 Security Management 4 CJUS350 Community Corrections 4 CJUS352 Community Policing 4 CJUS354 Criminal Courts 4 CJUS356 Loss Prevention 4 CJUS360 Legal Elements of Fraud 4 CJUS380 White Collar and Financial Crimes 4 CJUS385 Fraud Prevention & Deterrence 4 CJUS420 Family and Domestic Violence 4 CJUS422 Probation and Parole 4 CJUS424 Constitutional Law 4 CJUS434 Terrorism and Organized Crime 4 CJUS450 Forensic Criminology 4 LANG100 Survival Spanish 4 PSYC436 Introduction to Criminal Profiling 4 SOCL325 Licit and Illicit Drugs 4
Total Credit Hours: 182
Total tuition for this degree program will vary depending on your educational needs, existing experience, and other factors.
View our tuition resources page for links to information on our civilian and military student tuition, books and fees.Estimate your costs, potential savings and graduation date
Ways to Save
Cost of this degree may be reduced based on one or more of the following:
- Active duty military status (see the tuition tab for details)
- Number of CTU Fast Track™ courses successfully passed
- Number of credits transferred and accepted from other institutions
- Eligibility for a Corporate Alliances Grant (check with your CTU Admissions Advisor)
- Tuition Reimbursement (talk to your HR Manager)
- Grants or scholarships at CTU
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.
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Classes start January 1, 2019!
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1. Source: www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/forensic-science-technicians.htm, Visited April 13, 2018.