Degrees and Requirements

Criminalistics Certificate

The Justice, Law & Security Department, in coordination with the departments of Biology and Chemistry, offers a Certificate in Forensic Arts and Sciences. This certificate will be awarded to those who have demonstrated proficiency in the forensic application of the sciences of Biology and Chemistry. This forensic application entails a basic understanding and demonstrated knowledge of selected subject matter areas of the Criminal Justice System.  Students must be enrolled concurrently in one of the following majors: Biology with Forencis, Chemistry with Forensics, or Criminal Justice.

Requirements for completion of a Certificate in Forensic Arts and Sciences are as follows:

  • RESEARCH REQUIREMENT
    During the Senior Seminar or Capstone course, the candidate will complete a research project on an area in forensic science. The proposed topic will be submitted in writing and approved by the coordinating committee, the members of which will ensure that the approval criteria and evaluation criteria are consistent for each project.

    Coordinating Committee:

  • Lawrence E. Likar, MA., JD
    Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Justice, Law, and Security
    Supervisory Special Agent FBI (Ret'd)
  • Gail Rowe, Ph.D.
    Professor, Biology Department
  • Don Fujito, Ph.D.
    Professor and Chair, Chemistry Department

GRADE REQUIREMENT
All candidates must receive a minimum grade of "C" for each forensic component course and the research project. Criminal Justice majors must also receive a minimum grade of "C" in all required science courses.

Summary of Requirements

Forensic Component: 16 hours: Biology, Chemistry and Criminal Justice Majors

  • CRIM1001
    INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE |

    CRIM1001
    INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This introductory course will introduce criminal justice as a system that is an institutional agent of American society. The components of police, courts, and corrections are discussed with the goal of defining their function and purpose and interdependence on one another. The patterns of crime and the processes of the American Criminal Justice System, law enforcement, judicial process, and corrections will be examined. Students will learn the terminology of the field, examine the methods of inquiry used in the field, and learn the objectives, policies and procedures of probation, parole, and prisons as well as some of the issues and problems.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • CRIM3010
    CRIMINAL LAW |

    CRIM3010
    CRIMINAL LAW |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    The basic principles of substantive criminal law will be illustrated. Concepts and patterns of criminal law and procedure will be discussed. The elements of specific crimes will be analyzed through case study. Public policy and the legal principles for determining criminal and civil liability will be considered.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    Seniors Only

  • CRIM3041
    CRIMINALISTICS |

    CRIM3041
    CRIMINALISTICS |

    Credits (Min/Max): 4/4

    A comprehensive examination of the application of science to the physical evidence of a crime. Crime scene processing procedures will be linked to the laboratory analysis of physical evidence. The course will also include training in scientific report writing and courtroom testimony, to include a moot court exercise.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    CRIM1001 & BIOL1004 & CHEM1002

  • CRIM3045
    CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS |

    CRIM3045
    CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course covers the fundamentals of criminal investigation. It concentrates on the essentials of securing a crime scene, modus operandi of perpetrators, sources of information, principles of careful observation and recording interview/interrogation and case preparation. |

    PREREQUISITES:

    CRIM1001

Science Component: 25 credits (Includes 2 Select Science courses: Biology and Chemistry): For Criminal Justice Majors

  • BIOL1003
    GENERAL BIOLOGY I |

    BIOL1003
    GENERAL BIOLOGY I |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A presentation of a comprehensive survey of the major area within modern biology with emphasis placed on unsolved problems and the nature of scientific evidence. The course explores the properties of living matter on the molecular, cellular and organismic level. Open to all science majors and non-science majors with a strong interest in biology or a professional need.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    Concurrent: BIOL1005

  • BIOL1004
    GENERAL BIOLOGY II |

    BIOL1004
    GENERAL BIOLOGY II |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A presentation of a comprehensive survey of the major area within modern biology with emphasis placed on unsolved problems and the nature of scientific evidence. The course explores the properties of living matter on the molecular, cellular and organismic level. Open to all science majors and non-science majors with a strong interest in biology or a professional need.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    BIOL1003 & BIOL1005, Concurrent: BIOL1006

  • BIOL1005
    GENERAL BIOLOGY I-LAB |

    BIOL1005
    GENERAL BIOLOGY I-LAB |

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    Selected experiments chosen to emphasize principles presented in the General Biology lecture courses.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    coreg: BIOL1003

  • BIOL1006
    GENERAL BIOLOGY II-LAB |

    BIOL1006
    GENERAL BIOLOGY II-LAB |

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    Selected experiments chosen to emphasize principles presented in the General Biology lecture courses.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • CHEM1001
    GENERAL CHEMISTRY I |

    CHEM1001
    GENERAL CHEMISTRY I |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A study of the basic principles governing matter, energy and matter-energy interaction. Topics include atomic structure, bonding theory, aggregated states of matter, stoichiometry, thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium and electrochemistry.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    Concurrent: CHEM1003

  • CHEM1002
    GENERAL CHEMISTRY II |

    CHEM1002
    GENERAL CHEMISTRY II |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A study of the basic principles governing matter, energy and matter-energy interaction. Topics include atomic structure, bonding theory, aggregated states of matter, stoichiometry, thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium and electrochemistry.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    Concurrent: CHEM1004

  • CHEM1003
    GENERAL CHEMISTRY I-LAB |

    CHEM1003
    GENERAL CHEMISTRY I-LAB |

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    A series of experiments related to the content of CHEM1001 emphasizing laboratory techniques and familiarization with basic laboratory equipment. Open to all science majors and non-science majors with a strong interest in chemistry or a professional need.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • CHEM1004
    GENERAL CHEMISTRY II-LAB |

    CHEM1004
    GENERAL CHEMISTRY II-LAB |

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    A series of experiments related to the content of CHEM1002, emphasizing laboratory techniques and familiarization with basic laboratory equipment. Open to all science majors and non-science majors with a strong interest in chemistry or a professional need.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • CRIM3040
    CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION & FORENSICS |

    CRIM3040
    CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION & FORENSICS |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course introduces the student to basic and advanced procedures employed by crime scene investigators, with the emphasis on the detection, collection, processing and presentation of physical and testimonial evidence. The course also identifies items commonly found at crime scenes and examines their significance as trace and physical evidence used to link a suspect with a crime. Many aspects of the legal and scientific processing, preserving and documenting a crime scene for court presentation will be examined. Theories of information, observation and interrogation as they relate to crime scene investigation will be examined, as well as the ethics of current investigative procedures utilized by modern law enforcement agencies.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    CRIM1001