Forensic Investigations

Bachelor of Science

Program description

The Bachelor of Science in forensic investigations is an interdisciplinary major in the College of Arts and Sciences. It draws on the strengths of not only the varied physical sciences available at Lynn University, but also on the resources of the social and behavioral sciences, such as criminal justice, anthropology and psychology. Crime is a form of human behavior, and as such, it leaves behind physical evidence of particular types, and in particular spatial arrays. Students in this major will learn the principles of evidence recognition, collection, and preservation, forensic chemistry, forensic pathology, forensic anthropology, microscopy, ethics, and courtroom presentations. The physical evidence and its pattern of dispersal in three-dimensional space, unlike victims, perpetrators and witnesses, will never lose its memory, and will never change its mind. The major provides students with a broad, well-rounded education, in the best tradition of the liberal arts and sciences, preparing them for careers in local, county, state, or federal crime CSI units, or in a growing number of private forensic laboratories, and investigative units with law firms or private investigative agencies. Alternatively, the forensic investigations major will equip students with critical thinking skills to make them attractive candidates for graduate or professional school programs, such as law and allied health.

Major core 48 credits
CRJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
FOR 130 Introduction to Forensic Science 3
FOR 220 Computer Forensics 3
FOR 230 Criminalistics & Lab 4
FOR 330 Financial Investigations 3
FOR 340 Trace Evidence and Microscopy 4
FOR 440 Forensic Pathology 3
FOR 450 Forensic Case Studies 3
FOR 495 Capstone in Forensic Science 3
HUM 420 Ethical Decision Making 3
POL 100 Geopolitical Affairs 3
PSY 100 Human Behavior 3
PSY 370 Abnormal Psychology 3
SCI 130 General Chemistry I and Lab 4
SOC 200 Research Methods 3
  • FOR 330 also meets DQR 300 requirement
  • FOR 440 also meets DSL 400 requirement
  • FOR 450 also meets DSSA 400 requirement
  • FOR 495 also meets DJCA 400 requirement
  • HUM 420 also meets DBRG 400 requirement
  • PSY 370 also meets DSSA 300 requirement
Upper level electives 300 + 14 credits
Upper Level Elective 14
Free electives 12 credits
Elective 12
Total 120 credits

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