Forensic Science

Forensic Science Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree Criminal Justice

About Forensic Science

Become a top criminal justice professional with specialized knowledge and in-demand skills.

If you're ready to turn your interest in forensic science into an exciting career, California University of Pennsylvania will provide you with a strong foundation in this specialized field. You'll receive an outstanding education with Cal U's comprehensive and nationally ranked bachelor's degree program in criminal justice.

In the Forensic Science Bachelors Program, you'll learn from faculty scholars and skilled professionals with extensive career experience. Their goal is to introduce you to the major functions and operations of the criminal justice field and examine various methodologies and applications used in the field of forensic science. Cal U offers four other concentrations within the B.S. in Criminal Justice degree program:

Gain a career advantage with Cal U's highly ranked, hands-on program.

In 2016, ranked Cal U's B.S. in Criminal Justice at #18 in Best Online Bachelor of Criminal Justice Degree Programs.

The B.S. in Criminal Justice program brings together liberal arts and professional courses to develop your critical thinking and communication skills. You'll be well-prepared to pursue leadership positions in justice-related professions; the B.S. in Criminal Justice also is an excellent foundation if you choose to go on to law or graduate school.

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Concentration:  Your curriculum for the forensic science concentration includes such courses as: Computer Forensics, Crime Scene Imaging, Cyber Crime Investigations, Cybersecurity, Forensic Law and more. The Introduction to Forensic Science course is designed to expose students to various methodologies and applications used in the forensic context, which involves the collection, examination, evaluation and interpretation of evidence. Topics discussed include crime scene investigation, collection and categorization of physical evidence, the physical properties of glass and soil, instrumental analysis, arson evidence, DNA evidence, fingerprints, tool and firearm marks, and document and voice analysis.

Solid foundation: The B.S. in Criminal Justice program is unrivaled in Pennsylvania, providing a comprehensive, methodical review of major justice functions and operations. The criminal justice curriculum consists of a required core of 11 courses that are based on the six content areas identified by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences: administration of justice, corrections, criminological theory, law adjudication, law enforcement, and research and analytic methods.

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Credit hours for the bachelor's degree in criminal justice, which can be completed in eight semesters or four years.
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Degree Benefits

Cal U's criminal justice program offers hands-on experience in our forensic labs and forensic computer investigation labs. Cal U also ensures that you develop the latest knowledge and skills to succeed in a professional career. You learn with a dedicated, qualified faculty with top academic and professional credentials. Through the Career and Professional Development Center, students get connected to potential employers through networking events, job shadowing opportunities, on-campus recruiting, job and internship fairs, and organizational visits. 

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Graduate Outcomes

Earning your bachelor's degree in criminal justice program equips you with the education, skills and training to fulfill your individual and career goals. With the help of highly qualified professors who have strong professional contacts, criminal justice students get access to valuable internships. Cal U criminal justice graduates go on to positions in: Emerging fields of forensic science, electronic fraud and white-collar crime. Courts and law offices. Correctional institutions. Probation and parole offices. Juvenile justice agencies. Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

Criminal Justice (B.S) Forensic Science Concentration
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Qualified Faculty

The criminal justice program is led by highly qualified and dedicated full-time professors who hold the highest degrees in their fields (Ph.D. and other doctoral degrees), and have solid professional experience in the forensic sciences. Many of our faculty members are also part of the team for the Pennsylvania Institute of Criminological and Forensic Sciences, which provides an array of investigative consulting activities along with professional training programs for police officers, detectives, district attorneys, public defenders and others involved in the administration of justice.

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Professional Standards

Cal U is attuned to professional standards through faculty who are members of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. ACJS is an international association established in 1963 to foster professional and scholarly activities in the field of criminal justice. ACJS promotes criminal justice education, research and policy analysis within the discipline of criminal justice for both educators and practitioners.

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Student Resources

You'll have the opportunity to enhance your academic study in criminal justice at Cal U by joining the Forensic Science Club, a student organization for those interested in forensic science careers. Students also may join Lambda Alpha Epsilon (LAE), the national criminal justice association. LAE introduces students to the criminal justice system and to employment opportunities, and it also offers excellent networking with practitioner members. Alpha Phi Sigma is the national honor society for criminal justice majors. The society recognizes scholastic excellence by undergraduate and graduate students in criminal justice.


B.S., Criminal Justice Courses Forensic Science Concentration

Example Courses
  • Introduction To Justice Studies

  • Correctional Systems

  • Introduction To Law Enforcement

  • Introduction To Forensic Science

  • JuvenileJustice

  • Court Systems

  • Criminal Procedure

  • Leadership And Ethics

  • Forensic Law

  • Research Methods In Justice Studies

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B.S., Criminal Justice - Minors and Concentrations

  • Minor in criminal justice

    Take two required courses (6 credits) plus five Justice electives (15 credits)

  • Minor in forensic science

    Take four required courses (12 credits) plus three Justice electives (9 credits)


Criminal Justice Faculty

Dr. Aref M. Al-Khattar

Dr. John R. Cencich
Professor and Director of the Pennsylvania Center for Investigative and Forensic Sciences and Director of Criminal Justice Graduate Programs

Dr. Robert Clark
Adjunct Professor
Dr. Raymond J. Hsieh
Dr. Michael Hummel
Professor of Criminal Justice and Security Studies, Director of the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Global Online Homeland and International Security Concentration

Gary William Jones
Joshua Kanalis
Michael Machen
Richard Mullen
Dr. Hans Mumm
Kenneth Noble
Charles Noel
Patrick Picciarelli
Dr. Mathilda Spencer
Assistant Professor
Ashley Thompson
Julie Warnick
Assistant Professor

Dr. Christopher Wydra
Assistant Professor