10 Arizona Schools With Forensic Science Programs


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1. A. T. Still University

Online Death Investigation Course – A. T. Still University

A.T. Still University has offered distance education courses on Forensic Medicine and Forensic Death Investigation. Be sure to check with the school often, as the course is not offered some terms. The Forensic Death Investigation class is a 12-week program taught by a medical doctor. You can get more information by calling one of the enrollment counselors at 877-469-2878.

2. Arizona State University Forensics

Forensic Social Work – Arizona State U.

The Office of Social Work at Arizona State University has a Forensic Social Work division that hold various lectures and training seminars throughout the year, usually on the downtown campus. Call them at 602-496-0800 to find out their schedule.

Arizona State University, Polytechnic Campus

Computer Network Forensics – Arizona State U., Polytechnic Campus

ASU’s Polytechnic Campus offers a few 400-level courses on network forensics, combining lecture and lab courses on intrusion detection, so-called “honeynets,” traffic routing, as well a a primer on network forensics tools. An upside of these courses is that they use several open-source, free forensics tools, so you can use what you learn after the course is over, without having to invest in expensive forensics software.

3. DeVry Phoenix

Forensic Psychology – DeVry Phoenix

DeVry University’s Phoenix Campus offers a course in their Medicine, Health and Wellness Program called The Clinical and Forensic Assessment of Psychopathy.

4. Embry Riddle University

Security Studies – Embry Riddle U.

Embry Riddle offers a 200-level course called Forensic Science Applications in Security and Intelligence. The course looks generally at the science behind law enforcement, security and intelligence, using lecture and lab components to study crime scene processing, bio and chem lab tests, evidence processing and the courts.

5. Grand Canyon University

Crime Scene Technology – Grand Canyon U., Minor

The College of Liberal Arts at GCU allows you up to 12 credit hours to be applied toward your undergraduate minor in Crime Scene Technology. To let you complete this, the university has a number of courses. The two general criminalistics courses look at evidence gathering techniques, trace evidence, arson and explosive evidence, fingerprints and firearms. This is a 300-level course. These courses are associated with a lab component, where you get hands-on training looking at tool-mark evidence, questioned documents, impression evidence, blood spatter and toxicological samples. GCU also offers a 300-level course on forensic photography, using pictures and other visual aids to preserve fingerprints, footwear imprints and impressions. The course also generally covers crime scene and vehicle accident photography. Also available for the minor in crime scene technology is a course on crime scene documentation, where students learn how to make rough sketches of crime scenes, the locations where evidence is recovered, and then convert these drawings to accurate representations in Computer-Assisted Design (CAD) software for appropriate display and analysis in court.

6. Northcentral University

Forensic Science Evidence – Northcentral U.

Northcentral offers a couple criminal justice courses on evidence, which can be used to fulfill various requirements and areas of emphasis for its degree programs. The first is a general survey course, looking at evidence collection, preservation and evaluation, with an eye toward presentation of the information in a legal courtroom setting. The second looks specifically at the branches of forensics, which might be useful to find out what areas interest you for pursuing as a career. Discussed are fingerprints, digital imaging and photography, questions documents, ballistics, firearms and toolmarks identification, DNA, microscopy and trace evidence. Forensic medicine is also discuss, for those with an interest in pursuing a career as a toxicologist or medical examiner. Specifically, you’ll study forensic odontology, radiology, toxicology and pathology, and prepare a formal project report for the course.

Forensic Accounting – Northcentral U.

The graduate school offers a course in the theory and practice of forensic accounting, looking specifically at how financial investigations are conducted and how audits are performed. Specifically, you’ll get to look closely at the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, and how this has impacted forensic analysis. General topics include dispute resolution, information security, tax fraud and litigation. This course is designed, in part, as preparation for the CPA examination.

7. Northern Arizona University

Forensic Biomechanics – Northern Arizona U.

Northern Arizona offers an undergraduate-level course in forensic biomechanics, the branch of forensics that deals with the interaction between engineering and medicine. It looks specifically at how the physics of an accident or crime scene relates to the injuries sustained by victims. The course is designed and taught by an expert in the field, himself an expert witness in more than a 1000 criminal and civil cases over the years. Enrollment is open to lawyers, police officers, and students of the engineering and criminal justice programs. This is a five-week course, which meets three times a week for one hour at each meeting. For more information, contact the instructor directly at 928-523-7027.

High School CSI Summer Camp for Girls – Northern Arizona U.

The Science Foundation Arizona offers a week-long training session in mock crime scene investigation for about forty high school girls. The program looks specifically at the biology and chemistry behind crime scene investigation, hoping to spur interest in further studies in college. You can get more information by calling 928-523-8613.

Pre-Forensics Majors Program – Northern Arizona U.

If you’re interested in going on to graduate training in forensic science to get licensed, the Pre-Forensics Majors Program hosts a series of events throughout the year to show you what kind of training and internship opportunities are out there. The program is familiar with a variety of internships and graduate programs, not to mention the requirements that exist. This is a good place to go to make sure you’re ready to continue your training once you graduate, as some of the requirements of the different graduate programs can be confusing at times.

8. Prescott College

Forensic Psychology Emphasis – Prescott College

Prescott offers a masters in counseling and psychology that can be tailored toward an interest in forensic psychology. Forensic psychology is the branch of forensics that focuses on the state of mind, whether it’s a convict being considered for release, where the expert is weighing the risks toward society, or a defendant’s state of mind at the time of a crime, whether he’s legally insane or less culpable because of an inability to realize what he has done. This area of emphasis is part of the larger counseling program, which allows students to sit for state licensure at the end.

9. University of Arizona

Forensic DNA Evidence – U. of Arizona

Arizona offers undergraduate courses in the ecology department, looking at forensic DNA evidence. The course is good for those just getting started, as it begins at the most basic look at Mendelian genetics, general probability, DNA markers. The course keeps it fund with many famous case studies in forensic DNA.

10. University of Phoenix

Forensic Psychological Profiling – U. of Phoenix

Phoenix offers a graduate-level course on general forensic science and, specifically, psychological profiling as it relates to the criminal justice field. The course really starts from the beginning, looking at the history and evolution of forensics as a field, how crime labs function, and the education and training required for those who want to get into the field. This really is a good starter course for those with an interest, but without any solid background on which to base a major career decision on. The course looks specifically at famous cases in forensic psychology, including the John Wayne Gacy murders, the Dahmer case, and the Green River killer. Of course, the University of Phoenix has campuses throughout the US, and offers many of its courses online.