Criminal Investigations (Certificate)

The certificate program in criminal investigations educates students about a variety of aspects of criminal investigations and criminalistics. It is designed to provide students of the social sciences, natural sciences, humanities and public services with an understanding of the nature of criminal evidence; the language of forensic science; the scope, probative value and limitations of a variety of investigative specializations and their techniques; and an appreciation of how forensic investigative methods are used in the quest for justice. The certificate program allows students to satisfy at least two of their General Studies requirements (SQ and SB) in a thematic manner, but it is not designed to prepare students to work in a crime laboratory.

Program Offered

Criminal Investigations (Certificate)

Offered by
College of Public Service and Community Solutions

Location
Downtown, West

Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Application Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Program Requirements

Required Courses -- 12 credit hours
Elective Courses (choose three) -- 9 credit hours
1. It is the student's responsibility to check the prerequisites required by courses in their discipline. Depending upon a student's program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed to complete the requirements of this certificate.
2. Special Topics courses (FOR 394 and CRJ 494) will be designated and approved by departments and schools. Students will need to work with an advisor in order to select appropriate special topics courses that are approved for credit in the criminal investigations certificate program.
3. At least 12 credit hours must be taken in-residence at ASU.
4. A "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or better is required in all core and elective course work required for the certificate.
5. Upper-division course work may not be used to satisfy the requirements of both a major and the certificate. Thus, if any elective courses in the certificate program are being used to satisfy the requirements of a major, different elective courses must be taken to satisfy the requirements of the certificate program. For example, students majoring in criminology and criminal justice may not use CRJ 433, CRJ 434, CRJ 435, CRJ 484 or CRJ 494 to satisfy the requirements of the major and the certificate in criminal investigations. Similarly, students majoring in forensic science may not use FOR 350, FOR 410 or FOR 484 to satisfy the requirements of the major and the certificate in criminal investigations.
Prerequisite Information
CRJ 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice, SB (3) is a prerequisite requirement to enroll in CRJ 210, CRJ 211, CRJ 433, CRJ 434, CRJ 435, CRJ 484 and CRJ 494.
ACO 100 All About Data: Design, Query, and Visualization, CS (3) is a prerequisite requirement to enroll in FOR 350 Computer Forensics.
Either FOR 286 Principles of Forensic Science (3) or the two semester sequence in FOR 105 and FOR 106 is a prerequisite requirement to enroll in FOR 410 Professional Practices in Forensic Science, L (3). ENG 102 or 105 or 108 are also prerequisites for FOR 410.
CRJ 284 Professional Growth in Criminal Justice (3) is a prerequisite requirement to enroll in CRJ 484 Internship.
The completion of at least 45 credit hours is a prerequisite requirement to enroll in FOR 484 Internship.
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.