Arielle Burdulis '11, Forensic Science and Crime Scene Processing Concentration

Arielle Burdulis '11, Forensic Science and Crime Scene Processing Concentration

Not many students win program awards in two concentrations, but Arielle received the honor in both biology and criminal justice...

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Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science

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 program, call 877.523.2537 or email

Learning Outcomes:

Students will describe the administration of justice with specialized knowledge of related content areas including, but not limited to, police, courts, and corrections.

Students will identify the theories of crime causation, responses to crime, and the implications and application for public policy.

Students will 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.

Students will 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 and criminal justice.

Students will apply learned theory to practical application by participation in related course work and an internship.

Students will apply scientific methods to analyze and compare physical evidence to determine its properties and possible origin.

Students will identify and utilize correct investigative techniques during criminal investigations, including the proper use of equipment in the criminal investigation process.

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