Study the scene of the crime
Learn how to work in the field of criminalistics with Lynn's forensic investigations program. In this program, you'll test, study, analyze and process crime scenes with hands-on experience through laboratories, learning how to work with law enforcement at a crime scene.
You'll also learn important facets of crime scene investigation from accomplished and experienced faculty, including a former FBI special agent and our faculty medical doctor who practiced clinical and surgical pathology in the U.S. and abroad. Plus, you'll examine evidence and produce theories about perpetrator motives with this exciting forensic investigations program.
What you’ll learn in the forensic investigations program
- Computer forensics and criminalistics
- Crime scene preservation and investigation
- Laboratory testing, evaluation and identification of crime scene materials
Learning doesn’t get more innovative than this.
At Lynn University, we embrace technology by encouraging our students to engage with course content through iPads, and our professors can develop custom course materials.
Forensic investigations curriculum
By enrolling in Lynn’s forensic investigations program, you will study a variety of topics, from ethics and human behavior to the preservation and investigation of a crime scene.
PSY 100: Human Behavior
Learn how human beings function as individuals, within groups, and as members of particular societies. Explore human behavior within the context of prosocial human behavior, abnormal human behavior and the result of maladaptive human behavior.
FOR 230 Criminalistics
Learn all about crime scenes, including the recognition of physical evidence, the documentation of evidence, the preservation of evidence, the process of individualization, the relationship of pieces of evidence to each other, and ultimately, the construction of hypotheses about what kind of human behavior would produce the specific array of evidence recovered.
FOR 450 Forensic Case Studies
Use selected case studies to investigate the clinical aspects of psychological disorders as they relate to criminal behavior. Learn interpretation of verbal and physical behavior, causes of denial, deception and defensiveness as related to psychopathology, memory enhancement, recovered memory, psychological theoretical models of confession, false confessions, critical analysis of interrogator, intuitive judgments, profiling, and ethical considerations involved with interviewing and interrogation.
Graduates must complete a total of 120 credits.
If you’re interested in a more science-intensive program to prepare you for a career working in crime laboratories, ask about our concentration in forensic science—a specialization of the biology major. You’ll learn about forensic chemistry and forensic molecular biology, and will have a chance to prepare for jobs analyzing DNA and drug evidence.
Forensic investigations jobs and careers
There are so many opportunities when it comes to a career in criminal investigations. Here are a few places where your degree would be highly valued:
- Crime scene investigation teams
- Private laboratories
- Law firms Insurance companies
- Private investigation agencies
You may also choose to continue your studies in a graduate program, and pursue a career in:
- Criminal justice