Career – what can you do with a criminal justice degree with a forensic investigations specialization?
You will be prepared for a variety of careers in criminal justice, including law enforcement positions with local, state and federal agencies. Our graduates also go on to graduate or law school.
Your internships and interactions with professionals in the field while you’re at BGSU will help you pinpoint kind of forensic investigations career you’d like to pursue.
The course curriculum features an introduction to the types of crimes you will be investigating and the fundamental techniques you will employ as an investigator.
Crime scene procedures like rolling fingerprints, bagging evidence and recording gunshot trajectories are a part of the curriculum. The curriculum also focuses on social and behavioral sciences, with core courses in law, government, sociology and psychology.
The core courses also emphasize oral and written communication, necessary skills for the dedicated teamwork that it takes to solve a crime.
The criminal justice forensic investigation specialization requires you to take two forensic investigation elective courses. Your electives allow you to tailor your education toward your intended career and include skills-based areas like forensic chemistry, forensic accounting, digital forensics and photography skills.
You will have the chance to meet and question a wide variety of law enforcement and forensic professionals to help you make informed decisions about your career path.
You also will choose four criminal justice core electives. Elective subjects focus on psychology, management, government, child development, drug and alcohol use and related subjects that broaden your understanding of the social and legal environment of your work.
- Law, Evidence and Legal Issues in Forensic Science
- Digital Crime and Criminal Justice
- Human Anatomy and Physiology
- Forensic Neuroscience
- Psychology of Abnormal Behavior
- Pharmacology and Toxicology of Drugs of Abuse
- Computer and Mobile Forensics
- Criminal Justice Ethics
The BGSU criminal justice degree has the most extensive, required internship program of any criminal justice program in the country. You are required to complete 400 hours, essentially 40 hours a week for 10 weeks, with an approved criminal justice organization.
Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.
Updated: 12/14/2023 04:49PM