1. Central Connecticut State University
CCSU offers an introductory, 100-level undergraduate course on Introduction to Forensic Chemistry for students with a Criminology major or minor. This is not a course for chemistry majors, however — if you have taken or plan to take intro chemistry, you can’t get credit for this. But if you’re a Criminology students, this course is great in that it only required introductory criminology and intro math (or testing out).
In the course, you’ll look at the types of chemistry techniques that are performed by forensic chemists, the types of evidence that can be analyzed, and the kind of results that can be achieved and presented in court. This is a combo lecture and lab course, with three hours of lecture and three hours of lab per week.
2. Charter Oak State College
Intro to Forensic Science
Charter Oak offers a distance learning course on the basics of forensic science. While the course cannot be used toward the Science concentration, it does offer you a good introduction to the field if you’re interested in the field.
The criminal justice course lasts 15 weeks, and is delivered entirely online. You’ll get the basic principles of forensic science, and how the lab techniques work in conjunction with the court system. Topics will include crime scene investigation (CSI), evidence collection and handling, analysis of glass, soil, hair, fiber, plant and ballistic evidence, as well as the instrumental techniques used to analyze these. More than anything, the course will let you know what the limits of modern forensic science are, helping to dispel the myths propagated by television shows that promise DNA results in 20 minutes.
3. Western Connecticut State University
Intro to Forensics
WCSU offers a 200-level introductory course for undergraduates, looking specifically at evidence college, lab techniques, crime scene investigation. All manner of trace evidence collection is studied, including hair, body fluids, fiber, glass and soil analysis. Specialty topics you’ll study include forensic document analysis firearms and ballistics, crime scene photography, as well as crime scene documentation and reconstruction.
4. Fairfield University
Introduction to Forensic Science
This survey course offers ground-level survey info about becoming a crime scene investigator (CSI). In this course, you’ll use a mock crime scene to learn about fabric analysis, inks, blood spatter interpretation and serology, not to mention higher-level sciences of DNA analysis, blood alcohol calculations and ballistics. While this course counts as a core science course, it is not designed for chemistry majors or chemistry minors.
5. Mitchell College
Mitchell offers undergraduates a 200-level course on Forensic Psychology, looking at how human behavior relates to the evidence found and collected at crime scenes. Criminal behavior is studied, particularly how personality can shape it. Several case studies are used throughout the class, in order to learn how to deduce a criminal’s MO and choice of victim. In order to take this course, you’ll have to complete introductory psychology, and a 200-level criminal justice course as prerequisites.
6. Post University
Forensic Accounting at Post University
Post’s Online University offers a Certificate Program in Forensic Accounting, compressing into 8-weeks a close study of fraudulent financial records, financial investigation, theft, corruption, kickbacks and bribery. More advanced topics you’ll study include hidden assets during a divorce, bankruptcy, money laundering and identity theft. A nice upside of this course is that it is offered entirely online, and can give you the background you need to pursue more advance accounting training toward a forensic accounting degree and CPA certification.
Bio & Environmental Forensics at Post University
Post U. has two forensics courses in the Biology and Environmental Science departments, both 100-level, that can give you a general overview of forensics. The first course is a 3-credit lecture, looking at DNA fingerprinting, trace evidence analysis, blood ID, spectrophotometry and chromatography. There’s also a 2-credit lab course, where you can try the techniques out first-hand. Both of these courses require an introductory biology or environmental science course and the permission of the instructor. The lecture course is also co-listed in the biology department, also at a 100-level course, so this might be better for your scheduling demands.