Investigative Forensics

Online Criminal Justice Degree from an Accredited Leader in Distance Learning


In the competition for top-level law enforcement, investigation, and correctional positions, a bachelor's degree can give you a big advantage.

Get a competitive edge quickly and conveniently with Excelsior College's online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (Investigative Forensics concentration).

Whether you're just starting out in your career or are a working professional who's striving for promotion to upper-level jobs, Excelsior's online criminal justice degree offers more flexibility and convenience than a traditional criminal justice degree program.

In addition to our core online criminal justice courses, you'll concentrate on key investigative forensic topics in our upper level forensic pathology, forensic psychology, and computer forensic courses, to name just a few. Interested? Check out all the the course requirements below.

  • Core Requirements
  • Intermediate and upper-level course. One course from A, B, C, D, and E:
    • Forensic Pathology. An examination of the early theories and practices, as well as advances, up to and including the latest scientific concepts and breakthroughs in the field.  Focus will be on several areas of controversy within the criminal justice field and a look to the future and the changes that are coming.
    • Computer or Digital Forensics. This course is an examination of the technical and legal aspects of electronic evidence and the computer forensic investigative process.  Focus is on the discovery and recovery of electronic evidence either stored on, or transmitted by, computers, networks, and cellular devices.  Also, the increasingly important role computer forensics plays in investigations of both traditional and cyber crimes.
    • Forensic Psychology. This course examines the interaction of law and psychology in two main areas: civil and criminal law. Topics in civil law include juvenile delinquency, child custody, and treatment of the mentally disabled. Psychological areas of criminal law include competency, criminal responsibility, and treatment evaluation for offenders. Students will practice integrating psychological theories with actual clinical cases and current events. Developing skills to analyze and critique clinical and research reports is a major goal.
    • Procedures and Practice. Criminal investigation techniques, interview and interrogation, police operations, physical evidence, and criminalistics.
    • Legal and Ethical Issues. Constitutional law, juvenile law, civil rights, and liberties, ethics in criminal justice.
  • Electives: additional courses in criminal justice or related subjects

Excelsior's program is specifically designed for working adults, providing a practical path to degree completion. At Excelsior, you will:

  • Take online criminal justice courses on your own schedule, without interfering with work and family commitments.
  • Earn your degree more quickly, thanks to liberal credit-transfer policies that enable you to graduate in the shortest possible time.
  • Be eligible for academic credit for certain types of military experience, academy training, and professional accomplishments.
  • Pay affordable tuition and low student fees, with flexible payment plans to keep your expenses in check. (Visit our Costs and Financing page to get all the details.)

Learn more about the special benefits for working adults in Excelsior's criminal justice degree. (PDF)

A Career-Building Degree for Investigative Forensics Professionals

Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. (Learn more about the MSCHE accreditation programs and specialized accreditations on our accreditation page.)

A national leader in distance learning and adult education since 1971, Excelsior upholds the same academic standards as criminal justice degree programs at traditional colleges. Our online criminal justice courses are led by first-rate professors who are affiliated with leading criminal justice degree programs across the United States.

The Investigative Forensics concentration provides you with a thorough background in subjects such as:

  • Forensic pathology
  • Forensic psychology
  • Computer or digital forensics
  • Procedures and practice
  • Legal and ethical issues

Elective areas of study include:

  • Domestic violence and family issues
  • Drug crimes
  • Cultural diversity and racial profiling

Excelsior graduates compete very successfully in the law enforcement job market, gaining employment with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, private security firms, and other employers.

The BS degree in Criminal Justice requires 33 credits in the specialized area to complete, with at least 18 credits at the upper level. The concentration in Investigative Forensics will require students to take five 3-credit core courses; including the Capstone, five 3-credit upper-level courses, and one 3-credit elective course.

See the credit requirements in chart form (PDF).


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