B.S. in Criminal Justice: Forensic Investigations Overview
Develop a foundation in criminal profiles, managing and documenting evidence, and the justice system.
Criminal Justice is a challenging, exciting and rewarding career. The 4-year Criminal Justice major will prepare you for the profession, help you advance if you’re already in it, and/or also prepare you for graduate school. Among the areas covered by the Forensic Investigations concentration are:
- analyzing crime scenes to determine evidence to be collected
- taking photographs of the crime scene and evidence
- creating records of observations and findings
- learning to collect evidence, including weapons, fingerprints, and bodily fluids
- learning to catalog and preserve evidence for transfer to crime labs
- reconstructing crime scenes
The greatest strength of the criminal justice program at Mercy College is the academic and professional diversity of the faculty, which includes attorneys, law enforcement officers, forensic and crime scene specialists, and other professionals who have hands-on experience in the criminal justice system in the metropolitan area.
Graduates of the Criminal Justice Bachelor's program pursue positions in:
- law enforcement
- corrections, including probation and parole
- court officers and other court personnel
- social service agencies
- victims' assistance agencies
- private security
- insurance companies
What to Know
Students learn the principles of crime scene investigation and the scientific concepts and techniques to test and preserve evidence. Students will also become experienced in procedures involving various branches of forensics while also preparing for graduate school.
- Impression Evidence
- Death Investigations
Frequently Asked Questions
A four-year program designed to enhance the career of someone already in criminal justice, or prepare you if you’re not. Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.
In addition to general liberal arts curriculum, the specialized courses include the Criminal Justice System, the Corrections System, Criminal Procedure, Constitutional Law issues, the impact of crime on the victim and on law enforcement officers, drugs and several other related issues. Sociology, philosophy and psychology courses are also included.
The student body in our program includes male and female adult students of all ages. Our students include police, court, and correction personnel, as well as other professionals who are already employed in the field.
The academic and professional diversity of the faculty and a well-balanced curriculum. Our faculty includes attorneys, law enforcement professionals, and others who have had hands-on experience in the criminal justice system throughout the metropolitan area.
Various jobs in public service agencies, such as police departments, corrections departments, social service agencies, victims' assistance agencies, in positions ranging from entry level to top positions; as well as the private sector in security and insurance companies.
At the end of this program, students should be able to:
Learn the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, and basic structures involved with law enforcement, the criminal course system, and corrections, and the causes of crime and delinquency
Understand and be able to use basic research methods in criminal justice and criminology, including design, data analysis, and interpretation
Demonstrate critical thinking, skeptical inquiry, and the scientific approach to problem solving
Recognize, understand and respect the complexity of contrasting interests in the criminal justice system
Program Details & Curriculum
General Liberal Arts and Sciences
General Education Requirements: 60 Credits
Criminal Justice: 39 Credits
Open Electives: 21 Credits
Total: 120 Credits
Students who choose the major concentration in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Forensic Investigations must complete all of the following courses:
- CRJU 102 Intro Criminal Justice System
- CRJU 204 Introduction to Corrections
- CRJU 212 Criminology
- CRJU 236 Criminal Court Process
- CRJU 253 Policing
- CRJU 255 Crime Scene Investigation
- CRJU 256 Criminal Investigation
- CRJU 396 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
- CRJU 401 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice
- LAWS 203 Law of Evidence
- CRJU 382 Crime Scene Investigation Practicum
- CRJU 383 Criminalistics I
- CRJU 384 Criminalistics II
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