Forensic evidence is a critical component of any criminal investigation, particularly in determining guilt or innocence in a court of law. The demand for forensic technicians and specialists is expected to increase by 20 percent during the next several years.
The Becker College Forensic Science major requires a keen eye for detail, a strong background in science, and a professional interest in partnering with law enforcement agencies to fight crime. Designed specifically for students who are interested in the technical aspects of evidence gathering and analysis, the forensic science major focuses on the basic and advanced sciences required for examining and processing crime scene data and evidence.
This program will provide students with specific preparation and a solid foundation for continued advanced studies, leading to a successful career in an entry-level forensics position; develop skills and attitudes that will enable them to become proficient in the scientific and technical aspects of forensics; and develop and enhance each student’s general education and broader based criminal justice basis of knowledge.
Those who graduate from this program will be prepared for a career as a crime scene technician, initiating criminal investigations by following the protocols for gathering evidence, taking pictures, recording measurements, and securing an area for further investigation. Other career opportunities include: positions in crime scene investigation divisions, bureaus of criminal identification, evidence recovery units, and crime laboratories, as well as in the private sector. The Becker College forensic science degree also prepares students for advanced study at the graduate level.
- Apply scientific methods to analyze and compare physical evidence to determine its properties and possible origin.
- Identify and utilize correct investigative techniques during criminal investigations, including the proper use of equipment in the criminal investigation process.
- Apply learned theory to practical application by participation in related course work and an internship.
- Identify and describe legal and ethical constraints, their implications for criminal justice decision and policy makers, and the effects of diversity awareness in the administration of criminal justice.
- Interpret, analyze, and draw conclusions from qualitative and quantitative data in a social science context and communicate effectively using scholarly sources on topics relating to social problems, forensic science, and criminal justice.
|Course:||Course Name:||Credits:||Course:||Course Name:||Credits:|
|Math Elective||3||JUST1300||Theories of Crime||3|
|PSYC1001||Introduction to Psychology||3||FORE2001||Introduction to Forensics||4|
|BIOL1001||Biology I||4||CORE-ENGL||The New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems||3|
|CORE1001||Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm||3||BIOL1002||Biology II||4|
|JUST1100||Criminal Justice System and Process||3|
|Semester Total:||16||Semester Total:||14|
|ENGL1003||Writing about Literature||3||Humanities or Fine Arts Elective||3|
|LGLS2102||Criminal Law||3||FORE3100||Criminal Investigation||3|
|CHEM1001||Chemistry I||4||CORE3100||Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset||3|
|FORE2002||Collection and Preservation of Evidence||4||CHEM1002||Chemistry II||4|
|Semester Total:||14||Semester Total:||16|
|JUST3200||Criminal Procedure and Evidence||3||SOCI1001||Introduction to Sociology||3|
|FORE3900||Forensic Science Internship or Forensic Science Elective||3||FORE3900||Forensic Science Internship or Forensic Science Elective||3|
|JUST2204||Victimology and Victim Services||3||Open Elective||3|
|PHYS2001||Physics I||4||CHEM2100||Organic Chemistry I||4|
|GOVT1108||American Government||3||Forensic or Justice Elective||3|
|Semester Total:||16||Semester Total:||16|
|Humanities or Fine Arts Elective||3||FORE4901||Forensic Science Capstone||3|
|SOCI4001||Data Analysis||3||GOVT4100||American Constitutional Law||3|
|PSYC2105||Social Psychology||3||General Education Elective||3|
|Science Elective||3||Forensic or Justice Elective||3|
|JUST4505||Ethics and Professionalism in Criminal Justice||3||Open Elective||3|
|Semester Total:||15||Semester Total:||15|
For more information about the Forensic Science Criminalistics concentration, call 877.523.2537 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.