B.A. in Forensic Criminal Investigation

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  • Course description

    Solving crimes doesn’t just make for interesting prime-time television; it’s also a rewarding career. Every day, real-life professionals investigate crime scenes and solve crimes. With a degree in Forensic Criminal Investigation, you could be one of them.

    Lewis University's exciting program in Forensic Criminal Investigation takes an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on courses from both criminal/social justice and natural science. As a Forensic Criminal Investigation major, you will explore topics in chemistry, biology and physics, as well as computer software and crime-solving techniques. You will take courses such as Anatomy and Physiology, Introduction to Forensic Chemistry, Criminology, and Digital Photography.

    When you graduate, you will be fully prepared to collect evidence at crime scenes, working as either a civilian professional or a police detective.


    Total Credit Hours: 128
    Major Credit Hours: 52

    Forensic Criminal Investigation has become a vital part of law enforcement on both local and international levels. This degree program is housed within the Department of Justice, Law, and Public Safety. This program provides considerable opportunities for the study of the complexities of criminal investigation.

    Majors in this program may wish to take a minor in  Communication Studies for Justice, Law, and Public Safety Studies Majors  and/or a minor in  Business Studies for Criminal/Social Justice Majors  and/or a minor in Biotechnology

    I. Core Courses (52)

    A. Required Science Courses (25)
    02-101 Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
    02-102 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab (1)
    02-103 Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
    02-104 Anatomy and Physiology II Lab (1)
    03-102 Basic Inorganic Chemistry Lab I (1)
    03-105 Introductory Organic and Biochemistry (3)
    03-122 Introduction to Forensic Chemistry (3)
    03-123 Introduction to Forensic Chemistry Laboratory (1)
    81-467 Applied Forensic Techniques (3)
    81-468 Applied Forensic Techniques Lab (1)
    17-100 Elementary Laboratory Physics (3)

    B. Required Criminal Justice Courses (21)
    81-110 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3)
    81-200 Court Systems and Probation (3)
    81-220 Criminology (3)
    81-250 Criminal Investigation (3)
    81-341 Criminalistics: Introduction to Forensic Investigations (3)
    81-430 Elements of Criminal Law (3)
    81-445 Criminal Procedures/Rules of Evidence (3)

    C. Required Art and Design Course (3)
    01-181 Digital Photography (3)

    D. Required English Course (3)
    06-302 Writing in the Disciplines (3)

    II.  The Advanced Writing Requirement in Forensic Criminal Investigation is fulfilled by successful completion of 06-302 Writing in the Disciplines: Law Enforcement.

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