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Forensic Investigations (Science Concentration), BS

Keiser University

This program is available in the following Florida campuses:

Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Port St. Lucie, Tampa

Program Description

Keiser University’s Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Investigations (Science Concentration) prepares students for entry level positions with forensic science analytical laboratories and for further scientific training/education. The program provides students with fundamental knowledge with respect to scientific analysis of physical material. Graduates of the program will have completed the prerequisites necessary to be successful in graduate programs in the forensic sciences.

Program Objectives

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

  • To develop critical thinkers who are capable of being strong performers in the forensic field;
  • To prepare students for successful entry into professional and/or related graduate programs;
  • To develop students’ analytical skills and laboratory techniques routinely applied in the application of the forensic sciences;
  • To develop students written and verbal competencies, enabling them to formulate concise and accurate reports of the results of scientific analysis;
  • To develop forensic science professionals who practice within legal and ethical frameworks.

Prerequisites for Major Courses

  • Entering students must achieve a Wonderlic Score (or comparable) of 21 or above for entrance into the BS Forensic Investigations (Science Concentration) program;
  • Undergo level 2 criminal background check; and
  • Personal interview with campus BS-FI Program Director.

Prerequisites for Continuing in the Program

  • All Upper and Lower Division courses must be completed with a grade of “C” better.

Graduation Requirements (in addition to Degree Requirements section of the catalog)

  • A grade point average of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 system is required to graduate.

Program Outline

To receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Investigations (Science Concentration), students must earn a minimum of 126 semester credit hours as follows:

Lower Division Courses

Lower Division Forensic Investigation (Science Concentration) Major Courses (39.0 credit hours)
General Chemistry 3.0 credit hours
General Chemistry Laboratory 1.0 credit hour
Advanced Chemistry 3.0 credit hours
Advanced Chemistry Laboratory 1.0 credit hour
Organic Chemistry I 3.0 credit hours
Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 1.0 credit hour
Organic Chemistry II 3.0 credit hours
Organic Chemistry II Laboratory 1.0 credit hour
General Physics I 3.0 credit hours
General Physics I Laboratory 1.0 credit hour
General Physics II 3.0 credit hours
General Physics II Laboratory 1.0 credit hour
Forensic Photography 4.0 credit hours
Introduction to Forensic Science Technology 4.0 credit hours
Field Investigative Procedures and Presentation of Evidence 4.0 credit hours
Forensic Legal Concepts 3.0 credit hours
Behavioral/Social Science (6.0 credit hours)
Introduction to Psychology 3.0 credit hours
Sociology 3.0 credit hours
Communications (3.0 credit hours)
Speech Communications 3.0 credit hours
Computers (3.0 credit hours)
Introduction to Computers 3.0 credit hours
English (6.0 credit hours)
English Composition I 3.0 credit hours
English Composition II 3.0 credit hours
Humanities/Fine Arts (3.0 credit hours)
American Literature 3.0 credit hours
English Literature 3.0 credit hours
Mathematics (6.0 credit hours)
College Algebra 3.0 credit hours
Statistics 3.0 credit hours
Natural Science (20.0 credit hours)
Biology I 3.0 credit hours
Biology I Laboratory 1.0 credit hour
Biology II 3.0 credit hours
Biology II Laboratory 1.0 credit hour
General Chemistry 3.0 credit hours
General Chemistry Laboratory 1.0 credit hour
Advanced Chemistry 3.0 credit hours
Advanced Chemistry Laboratory 1.0 credit hour
General Physics 3.0 credit hours
General Physics Laboratory 1.0 credit hour

Upper Division Courses

Upper Division Forensic Investigation (Science Concentration) Major Courses (38.0 credit hours)
Fundamentals of Forensic Anthropology 4.0 credit hours
Forensic Biology 4.0 credit hours
Forensic Chemistry 4.0 credit hours
Advanced Topics in Forensic Science 4.0 credit hours
Medico-Legal Death Investigation 4.0 credit hours
Advanced Evidence Documentation 4.0 credit hours
Criminalistics I 4.0 credit hours
Criminalistics II 4.0 credit hours
Advanced Legal Procedure and Evidence 3.0 credit hours
Advanced Evidence Presentation 3.0 credit hours
Upper Division Optional Courses (6.0 credit hours)
Deviant Behavior 3.0 credit hours
Human Exploitation 3.0 credit hours
Conflict Resolution 3.0 credit hours
Cyber Crimes 3.0 credit hours
Computer Systems Forensic Analysis 3.0 credit hours
Forensic Psychology 3.0 credit hours
Forensic Investigations Externships or Optional Courses (4.0 credit hours)
Forensic Investigations Externship I 2.0 credit hours
Forensic Investigations Externship II 2.0 credit hours
Forensic Investigations Capstone Course I ** 2.0 credit hours
Forensic Investigations Capstone Course II ** 2.0 credit hours

** Forensic Investigations Capstone option is available on approval and recommendation of the campus Forensic Investigations Program Director. To obtain 4 credits hours, a student may take CJE4940 and CJE4951 or CJE4950 & CJE4951 or any combination thereof.

Program Outcomes

My instructors believed in me. They were more than instructors, they tried to get to know you as a person and tried to understand your goals so they could push you towards them. Student services helped me find a job before I even graduated. Everyone was dedicated to my overall success.

Jessica Kircher

Going to Keiser University was one of the greatest experiences in my life. All of my deans, professors, and staff made me feel that I was a part of something very special, and I am. I would recommend for anyone to get their education at Keiser University.

Belinda Haney

The instructors at Keiser University impacted my life. They believed in my ability to become a great graphic designer, regardless of how I felt about my skills. KU helped to prepare me for the real world and got me to where I am today.

Justin Pugh

If not for my education at Keiser I probably would not be where I am today, in both life and career. It is because of going to Keiser and the instructors I had that I joined a club started by Mr. Williams, The Lakeland Shooters Photography Group, which allowed me to venture into an amazing and very creative field that I use to enhance all aspects of my life.

Anthony Sassano

The Design program at Keiser University was filled with real world learning and hands on instruction… Based on the portfolio I created while a student at Keiser University, I landed a job in Graphic Design for a major online retailer immediately after graduation.

Ty Fitzgerald

The year and a half I spent in the program better prepared me for attaining a job in the field…As a hands-on learner, the project-centered teaching was perfect for me.

Jackson Tejada

Keiser University has given me the opportunity to embrace a career change… It has opened the door for a timely graduation and quick return to the work force…

Dale Caverly

Without the education I received at Keiser University, I would not be where I am today!

Meisha Ebanks, R.N.

I not only received an excellent education but also encouragement and training that built my self-confidence every day.

Nidia Barrios

I realize the amount of knowledge I gained and feel that the educational experiences have developed me in to a person who can move higher up the career ladder.

Carlos Ramirez Flores

Keiser University’s MBA program has renewed my mind, changed the way I think, and given me a new sense of purpose.  The professors transformed my attitude and behavior, gave me the self-confidence I was lacking, and restored my energy.

Connie Sue Centrella

It has been great attending and graduating from Keiser University.  Because of the small class sizes, I was able to build good relationships with classmates and professors.  The PA professors care very much about the progress and success of the students and have been great advisors every step of the way through the program.

Annelise Merriner, PA-C

Attending Keiser University and getting my degree was the best decision I have ever made.  The small class sizes and personalized attention helped me get my degree quickly.  The hands-on experience and the education landed me a job at a neighboring law firm.

Dedrick Saxon

I chose Keiser because it had everything—small classes, caring professors, hands-on learning, and counselors that are really there for you.  I feel like I’m part of a family here, not just a number.

Natalie Dou

After being denied for several promotions at my current employer, I decided that I needed to further my education.  Since graduating from Keiser with my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, I have been promoted and I am able to obtain positions that weren’t available to me before.

Laurie Williams

Beyond the curriculum of the courses, the lessons the instructors have taught me have paid dividends in my real work experiences. How to respond to criticisms, project and time management, interview skills, the list goes on and on. At the end of the day, they not only showed me how to design, but they taught me how to be a professional.

Ryan Bushey

Keiser helped change my life by getting my education at the right school! I had been going to another school before, I dropped out because I felt that I was not getting enough information. When I found out about Keiser, I was pleased because the instructors were great.

Nadege Dor

My decision to attend Keiser University has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. I chose to enroll in the Information Technology program… The one-class-a-month pace helped incredibly with my self-discipline.

Marla Hadley

The BA for Business Administration at Keiser has to be one of the best in the nation. Keiser takes the basics that are taught at the Associates level and uses them to strengthen your skills and knowledge.

Vivian R. Howard, BA in Business Administration Graduate

I found that Keiser University’s Nuclear Medicine program of advanced studies and small class size was a perfect fit. I never came across a faculty member who wasn’t truly interested.

Gustavo Gonzalez, Nuclear Medicine Technology Graduate