Crime Scene Investigation

Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

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If you are interested in learning how to become a crime scene investigator and how they play a vital part in the analysis and assessment of criminal activity, our Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Crime Scene Investigation is designed just for that purpose. Building upon the core criminal justice curriculum, our crime scene investigation specialization folds in practical training in areas like analyzing crime scenes, gathering evidence, performing tests, and providing written and spoken testimony in court cases.

With a crime scene investigation specialization, you will learn how to be a part of a CSI team, including:

  • Advanced crime scene management and establishing security
  • Communicating and coordinating strategy
  • Documenting, photographing, and processing the scene
  • Proper collection and labeling of evidence, including biological matter, prints, trace fibers, tracks and more

Crime scene investigators are core components of the criminal justice team, and our criminal justice degree with a crime scene investigation specialization will teach you the foundational knowledge you need to contribute to the safety and security of your community, using concrete science, methodology, and best practices.



At Salem, we recognize that education needs to change with the times. So while we offer on-campus programs with student residence halls and the traditional college experience, we also offer more flexible learning options as well. Our criminal justice degree can be taken in a blended ground-online format or fully online, for those who are out of state or need to be able to fit class around their busy lives and current jobs. Because our courses are delivered in a one course per month format, enrollment is continuous, so you don’t have to wait for September or January to get started.


Salem University’s 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, our crime scene investigation specialization covers the following:

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


Career Opportunities

Upon graduating from the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice program at Salem University, you have access to a wide variety of career paths, including:

  • Police officer (state, county or local)
  • Private detective
  • Fish and game warden
  • Crime scene investigator
  • Crime victims service
  • Child protective services
  • Fraud investigator
  • U.S. postal inspector
  • A federal agent in the FBI, DEA, ATF, Secret Service, U.S. Marshals, or Immigrations & Customs Enforcement

Many of these agencies have specialized crime scene investigations units that may have positions suitable for our graduates.


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 here. 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.

If you would like to find out more about our Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Crime Scene Investigation, click the link below to request more information!

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