The Criminalistics program is for the student who wishes to become involved in the investigation of crimes by following strict legal and scientific evidence processing rules.  Criminalists are concerned with the reconstruction of crimes and the analysis of physical evidence.

Criminalists must use a blend of investigative skills and practical experience.  One of the primary functions of a criminalist is to properly identify and collect evidence in a wide variety of crime scenes.  Combining scientific and legal methods taught in the classroom with actual experience, the student develops skills in identifying, sorting, comparing, interpreting, and cataloging evidence for use in subsequent criminal proceedings.

The Criminalistics courses are uniquely designed as stepping stones throughout the major.  Students will collect evidence in classes and continue to analyze this evidence in subsequent classes.  Students begin to learn these processes in Introduction to Forensic Science, which opens the students to an overview of Forensic Science.  Additional courses in the progression are Advanced Criminalistics, Evidence Processing, and Trial Evidence. Throughout this progression, students advance their experience from crime scene to the courtroom.


Criminal Justice Core

Course Number Course Title Credit Hour
JUS110 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
JUS201 Criminal Law 3
JUS202 Criminal Procedures 3
JUS361 Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice 3
ENF293 Criminology 3
SCS300 Research Design (w) 3
SCS470 Internship I 3

Criminalistics Curriculum

Course Number Course Title Credit Hour
FSC115 Introduction to Forensic Science 3
NAT150 Human Anatomy and Physiology 3
NAT150L Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab 1
ENF239 Applied Criminal Investigation & Criminalistics 3
ENF320 Advanced Criminalistics 3
CDS334 Technology and Crime 3
CDS341 Survey of Computer Forensics 3
ENF355 Forensic Investigation of Sex Crimes 3
ENF432 Death Investigations  3
ENF460 Evidence Processing 3
JUS465 Trial Evidence (Capstone) 4