Keiser University

Forensic Investigations, BS

Keiser University’s Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Investigations prepares students with competencies in the collection, preservation, and analysis of physical evidence for presentation in legal proceedings. The program provides students with the skills required to recognize relevant scientific information discoverable through forensic analysis of various types of physical evidence. Oral and written communications regarding the results of investigations and forensic analysis is also emphasized.

Program Objectives

The following objectives are designed to meet Keiser University’s mission and its objectives.

  • To provide students with a comprehensive background in forensic investigative procedures and techniques.
  • To instruct students in basic scientific concepts attributable to the natural and physical sciences.
  • To provide students with a comprehensive background in the current use of natural and physical sciences in the solution of crime.
  • To provide students with a comprehensive background in criminal statutes, rules of criminal procedure, and rules of evidence which affect their capacity to testify effectively as expert witnesses in legal proceedings.
  • To assist graduates in obtaining entry-level positions where their forensic investigation skills can be employed.

Prerequisites for Major Courses

None.

Program Outline

To receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Investigations, students must earn a minimum of 135.0 semester credit hours as follows:

Lower Division Forensic Investigations Major Courses ( 36 credit hours )
Crime Scene Procedures 4.0 credit hours
Crime Scene & Evidence Photography 4.0 credit hours
Communication & Writing for the Crime Scene Professional 4.0 credit hours
Crime Scene Safety 4.0 credit hours
Legal Aspects of Crime Scene Careers 4.0 credit hours
Crime Scene Digital Image & Processing 4.0 credit hours
Introduction to Forensic Science 4.0 credit hours
Fingerprint Identification and Development 4.0 credit hours
Biological Evidence 4.0 credit hours

* Courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

Lower Division General Education Courses ( 41.0 credit hours )

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Note: All lower division major and general education courses must be successfully completed before upper division courses are undertaken.

Upper Division Forensic Investigations Major Courses ( 52.0 credit hours )
Forensic Investigations 3.0 credit hours
Forensic Biology 3.0 credit hours
Forensic Biology Laboratory 1.0 credit hours
Forensic Anthropology 3.0 credit hours
Forensic Anthropology Laboratory 1.0 credit hours
Forensic Chemistry 3.0 credit hours
Forensic Chemistry Laboratory 1.0 credit hours
Introduction to Criminalistics I 3.0 credit hours
Introduction to Criminalistics I Laboratory 1.0 credit hours
Introduction to Criminalistics II Laboratory 1.0 credit hours
Digital Image Processing 3.0 credit hours
Crime Scene Documentation 3.0 credit hours
Unusual Crime Scenes 3.0 credit hours
Elements of Proof 3.0 credit hours
Court Procedure and Evidence 3.0 credit hours
Presentation of Evidence 3.0 credit hours
Crime Scene Analysis 3.0 credit hours
Forensic Investigations Externship I 4.0 credit hours
Forensic Investigations Externship II 4.0 credit hours
Upper Division General Education Courses ( 6.0 credit hours )
Management Information Systems 3.0 credit hours
Professional Writing 3.0 credit hours
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