Crime scene investigation is a critical aspect of the criminal justice system, where professionals analyze, document, and preserve evidence to unravel the mysteries of criminal activities. The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts a surge in demand for skilled crime scene investigators, underlining their pivotal role in law enforcement.

About Salem’s Crime Scene Investigation Bachelor’s Degree

Salem University presents a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with a specialized focus on Crime Scene Investigation, meticulously tailored to equip students with the requisite expertise for a rewarding career in this dynamic field. Our program goes beyond theoretical concepts; we offer hands-on training in crime scene analysis, evidence collection, and courtroom testimony preparation.

Moreover, this degree serves as a solid foundation for pursuing advanced studies like a Master of Science in Criminal Justice – Forensic Science.

Career Paths With a Bachelor’s Degree in Crime Scene Investigation

Graduates can explore diverse career paths, including:

  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Criminal Investigator
  • Police Officer (State, County, or Local)
  • Private Detective
  • Fish and Game Warden
  • Crime Victims Service Provider
  • Child Protective Services Officer
  • Fraud Investigator
  • -U.S. Postal Inspector

Opportunities also exist within federal agencies such as the FBI, DEA, ATF, Secret Service, US Marshals, and Immigration & Customs Enforcement, many of which boast specialized crime scene investigation units.

Curriculum & Learning Outcome

Our curriculum is meticulously crafted to provide a holistic education, fostering critical thinking, leadership, and problem-solving skills essential for lifelong learning, on campus or virtually. Through our unique online, one-course-a-month schedule, students can seamlessly integrate academic pursuits with personal commitments.

Our program covers foundational principles and advanced techniques crucial for community safety and security. A final capstone course and hands-on practicum provide students with practical experience in real-world scenarios.

Crime Scene Investigation Classes

The Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice degree program with a specialization in Crime Scene Investigation requires the completion of 75 foundational and elective credits, as well as 30 core criminal justice credits that include:

  • 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

You’ll also take 15 credits in the Crime Scene Investigation specialization:

  • CJU441 Introduction to Crime Scene Photography
  • CJU442 Fingerprints and Impression Evidence
  • CJU443 Crime Scenes Management
  • CJU444 Ballistics and Firearm Identification
  • CJU446 Digital Evidence

Frequently Asked Questions

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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 apply online. 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.

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