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If you don't want to work as a laboratory scientist but still want to explore the role forensic science plays in criminal investigations, this certificate program is for you. Learn how specific types of crimes are investigated by law enforcement and forensic scientists and learn about the laws governing criminal investigations.
The certificate 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 (the SQ and SB) in a thematic manner, but it is not designed to prepare students to work in a crime laboratory.
All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:
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Students must complete the following prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" of higher (scale is 4.00 = "A") in order to be admitted to the certificate program. These courses may be taken in residence at ASU or may be transferred in from other institutions, including community colleges.
The following prerequisite courses are required for admission to the certificate program:
For students majoring in the social sciences, humanities or the arts:*
FOR 105 Physical Evidence and the Crime Scene, SQ (4) and
FOR 106 Biology Behind the Crime Scene, SQ (4)
For students majoring in the natural sciences:*
FOR 286 Principles of Forensic Science (4)
*Neither FOR 105 nor FOR 106 have any prerequisites. These courses are designed for students majoring in the social sciences, humanities or arts to meet the natural science requirement of ASU's General Studies program. Thus, students not majoring in the natural sciences who wish to declare the certificate program in criminal investigations must complete the two-course sequence in FOR 105 and FOR 106. In contrast, students majoring in the natural sciences, including forensic science, should not take FOR 105 and FOR 106; they need only complete FOR 286: Principles of Forensic Science, which has prerequisite requirements of BIO 181, BIO 182, CHM 113 and CHM 116.
A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.