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Criminal Justice: CSI Bachelor Degree

Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice – Crime Scene Investigation Concentration

Gain hands-on skills for a crime scene investigation career with Salem International University. Our Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice offers a concentration in Crime Scene Investigation that provides in-depth exploration of investigative techniques, evidence-gathering procedures, and criminological theory.

This concentration is offered as part of our 40-month, 120-credit Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice degree program. It is available only at our West Virginia campus.

Objectives of This Program

The Crime Scene Investigation concentration extends the core criminal justice curriculum to include practical training for criminal investigation. As a graduate of this program, you should be prepared to analyze crime scenes, gather evidence, perform tests, and provide written and spoken testimony in court cases.

Career Opportunities

This program prepares you with the background knowledge you need to pursue careers in:

  • Forensic investigation
  • Criminology
  • Evidence and ballistics lab testing
  • Scientific laboratory testing
  • Crime scene photography

Additional training, such as police academy training, may be required after graduation. You may also need to pass criminal background checks and other tests before qualifying for certain career roles.

Program of Study

The CSI concentration program includes five upper-level courses pursued during the final two years of our Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice degree program:

  • CJU441 Crime Scene Photography
  • CJU442 Latent Prints & Fingerprint Identification
  • CJU443 Blood Patterns & Crime Scenes
  • CJU444 Ballistics & Firearm Identification
  • CJU445 Courtroom Testimony & Report Writing

It takes ten consecutive academic semesters of 12 semester credit hours each or 3 credit hours per month to complete the entire degree program—40 months in total. Please click here to see the complete course of study for this degree

Course Format

SIU offers the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice – Crime Scene Investigation program on campus in West Virginia. You will be able to take advantage of:

  • A professionally-focused curriculum and accelerated course sequence
  • Experienced faculty who support your goals
  • A diverse learning community
  • Comprehensive preparation for career opportunities or further study in criminal justice

Course Descriptions

CJU441 – Introduction to Crime Scene Photography (3 Credits)
This course includes basic crime scene photography skills including camera operation and exposure control, proficiency in relational photos and flash control for crime scene and evidentiary documentation.

CJU442 – Latent Prints and Fingerprint ID (3 Credits)
This course emphasizes the techniques involved in detection, enhancement and recovery of latent fingerprints from physical evidence. Chemical and mechanical methods and surfaces will be analyzed and evaluated for proper application in both theory and practice. This course teaches the Henry modified system of fingerprint classification.

CJU443 – Blood Patterns and Crime Scenes (3 Credits)
This course exposes the student to the forensic value, handling, preservation, testing and documentation of biological evidence. This course also addresses safety issues involved in handling biological evidence. Identify the various blood splatter patterns and their importance in the crime scene.

CJU444 – Ballistics and Firearm Identification (3 Credits)
The study of forensic firearms identification, forensic laboratory analysis of firearms and ammunition evidence, and the basic skills in the investigation of firearms related crimes.

CJU445 – Courtroom Testimony and Report Writing (3 Credits)
A study of law enforcement report writing and the various writing styles. Topics will include courtroom testimony and a survey of techniques used by prosecutors and defense attorneys in direct and cross examination.

Overview of Admission Requirements

Anyone who wishes to apply to our Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice program must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • High school graduate or equivalent (such as a GED or international secondary institution).

High school transcripts (and/or college transcripts for transfer students) must be provided before the end of the first semester of study. International students will need to provide results of credential evaluation and English language capability.

Please see the application page for more details.

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