Forensic Investigation

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If you are interested in careers in law enforcement, you should consider completing a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Investigation. Through courses in anthropology, criminal justice, geography, and computer information technology, you will become well equipped to compete in the job market. In particular, you will develop knowledge of expert testimony, evidence gathering, and introductory forensic science. This degree is offered through the Department of Justice and Community Studies and can be completed at Miami University’s regional locations.

What classes would I take?

See Miami University's General Bulletin for the Forensic Investigation core program requirements.

What can I do with this major?

Criminal Justice offers students a comprehensive and dynamic understanding of crime, justice, punishment and corrections, policing, and the legal system within the context of a liberal arts education. Forensic investigation refers to the use of science by law enforcement officers in the detection and proof of criminality.

Local Job Statistics

According to the 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the state of Ohio employs 6,630 people in forensic science-related positions (private detectives/investigators, fire inspectors, forensic science technicians, and judges/hearing officers), not including over 24,000 police and sheriff's patrol officers. The Occupational Outlook Handbook forecasts national job growth for forensic science technicians of 27 percent for the period 2014-2024.

Graduates with this degree are qualified for careers such as:

  • Crime Lab/Scene Technician
  • Crime Scene Photographer
  • Medical Examiner and Investigator
  • Latent Print Examiner/Trainee
  • Detective/Investigator
  • Fire Inspector
  • Forensic Science Technician
  • Police Officer
  • Property and Evidence Personnel
  • Graduate Degree pursuit in related areas

Top NACE* Employability Skills of focus in this degree program>

  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Oral and Written Communications
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Information Technology Application
  • Leadership
  • Professionalism and Work Ethic
  • Career Management

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