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.


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.

Course: Course Name:Credits:Course: Course Name:Credits:
Freshman Year
Math Elective 3JUST1300Theories of Crime3
PSYC1001Introduction to Psychology3FORE2001Introduction to Forensics4
BIOL1001Biology I4CORE-ENGL The New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems3
CORE1001Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm3BIOL1002Biology II4
JUST1100Criminal Justice System and Process3
Semester Total:16Semester Total:14
Sophomore Year
Course:Credits:Course:Credits:
ENGL1003Writing about Literature3Humanities or Fine Arts Elective3
LGLS2102Criminal Law3FORE3100Criminal Investigation3
CHEM1001 Chemistry I4CORE3100Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset3
FORE2002Collection and Preservation of Evidence4CHEM1002Chemistry II4
PSYC2400 Forensic Psychology3
Semester Total:14Semester Total:16
Junior Year
Course:Credits:Course:Credits:
JUST3200Criminal Procedure and Evidence3SOCI1001Introduction to Sociology3
FORE3900Forensic Science Internship or Forensic Science Elective3FORE3900Forensic Science Internship or Forensic Science Elective3
JUST2204Victimology and Victim Services3Open Elective 3
PHYS2001Physics I4CHEM2100Organic Chemistry I4
GOVT1108American Government3Forensic or Justice Elective3
Semester Total:16Semester Total:16
Senior Year
Course:Credits:Course:Credits:
Humanities or Fine Arts Elective3FORE4901Forensic Science Capstone3
SOCI4001Data Analysis3GOVT4100American Constitutional Law3
PSYC2105 Social Psychology3General Education Elective3
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PSYC3400Abnormal Psychology
Science Elective3Forensic or Justice Elective 3
JUST4505Ethics and Professionalism in Criminal Justice3Open Elective3
Semester Total:15Semester Total:15
Total Credits:122

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