Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science: Criminalistics Concentration

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.


For more information about the Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science: Criminalistics concentration, call 877.523.2537 or email admissions@becker.edu.


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Learning Outcomes

  • 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.

Criminalistics Concentration


Freshman Courses

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Introduction to Psychology PSYC1001 3
Biology BIOL1001 4
Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm CORE1001 3
Criminal Justice System and Process JUST1100 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Theories of Crime JUST1300 3
Introduction to Forensics FORE2001 4
The New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems CORE-ENGL 3
Biology II BIOL1002 4

Credits Total: 27

Sophomore Courses

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Writing About Literature ENGL1003 3
Criminal Law LGLS2102 3
Chemistry I CHEM1001 4
Collection and Preservation of Evidence FORE2002 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Humanities OR Fine Arts Elective 3
Criminal Investigation FORE3100 3
Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset CORE3100 3
Chemistry II CHEM1002 4
Forensic Psychology FORE2400 3

Credits Total: 29

Junior Courses

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Criminal Procedure and Evidence JUST3200 3
Forensic Science Internship OR Forensic Science Elective FORE3900 3
Victimology and Victim Services JUST2204 3
Physics I PHYS2001 4
American Government GOVT1108 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Introduction to Sociology SOCI1001 3
Forensic Science Internship OR Forensic Science Elective FORE3900 3
Open Elective 3
Organic Chemistry I CHEM2100 4
Forensic OR Justice Elective 3

Credits Total: 32

Senior Courses

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Humanities OR Fine Arts Elective 3
Data Analysis SOCI4001 3
Social Psychology OR PSYC2105 3
Abnormal Psychology PSYC3400
Science Elective 3
Ethics and Professionalism in Criminal Justice JUST4505 3
Open Elective 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Forensic Science Capstone FORE4901 3
American Constitutional Law GOVT4100 3
General Education Elective 3
Forensic OR Justice Elective 3

Credits Total: 30

 
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