Crime Scene Investigation

Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

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.

About This Program

The Crime Scene Investigation specialization of Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice prepares students for a career as a CSI. Students gain foundational knowledge in areas of forensic science that include ballistics, impression evidence, digital evidence and advanced crime scene management.

Career Opportunities

A Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice specializing in Crime Scene Investigation can lead to the following career paths:

  • Police Officer (State, County or Local)
  • Private Detective
  • Fish and Game Warden
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Crime Victims Service
  • Child Protective Services
  • Fraud Investigator
  • US Postal Inspector
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent

OR as an agent with a variety of federal agencies like FBI, DEA, ATF, Secret Service, US Marshals and Immigrations & Customs Enforcement
Many of these types of agencies have specialized crime scene investigations units that have positions suitable for our graduates.

Course Format

Salem offers undergraduate and graduate programs of study with continuous enrollment via distance education or on ground at our Salem, West Virginia campus. Courses are delivered in a monthly format (4-weeks) and completed on ground, online, or through a blended approach that uses both delivery methods. Online courses are structured to work within the constraints of full- time employment, allowing you to earn your degree with minimum disruption to your busy schedule. Traditional on ground programs of study are available for campus residents and commuter students.

Course Numbers/Names

The Criminal Justice degree program consists of the following core courses:

  • CJU205 Criminal Law
  • CJU210 Criminal Evidence and Constitutional Procedure
  • CJU230 Criminal Investigation and Forensics
  • CJU233 Crisis Intervention
  • CJU242 Domestic Violence
  • CJU270 Terrorism
  • CJU405 Constitutional Law
  • CJU408 Criminal Justice Research and Statistics
  • CJU440 Ethics in Criminal Justice
  • CJU499 Capstone


In addition to the core courses, students in the Crime Scene Investigation specialization will take the following:

  • CJU441 Crime Scene Photography
  • CJU442 Latent Prints & Fingerprint Identification
  • CJU443 Blood Patterns & Crime Scenes
  • CJU444 Ballistics & Firearm Identification
  • CJU446 Digital Evidence

Admission Requirements

Admission to Salem is open to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or ability/disability. Anyone wishing to attend Salem can obtain the necessary application from the Office of Admissions or online from our website at The completed application should be submitted to the Office of Admissions at the earliest possible date. The University admits students on a rolling, monthly start basis. Acceptance is within the discretion of Salem University; some programs have additional admissions requirements.