Bachelor of Criminal Justice


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Goals and Course Topics

Reconstruct and Analyze

Criminalists are concerned with the reconstruction of crimes and the analysis of physical evidence. They must use a blend of investigative skills and practical experience. One of the primary functions of a criminalist is to properly identify and collect evidence in a wide variety of crime scenes. Our online criminalistics degree combines scientific and legal methods taught in the classroom with actual experience, you will develop skills in identifying, sorting, comparing, interpreting and cataloging evidence for use in subsequent criminal proceedings.

Your Criminalistics Degree Program

Our criminalistics degree courses are uniquely designed as stepping stones throughout the major. You will collect evidence in classes and continue to analyze this evidence in subsequent classes. You begin to learn these processes in Introduction to Forensic Science, which opens you up to an overview of forensic science. Additional courses in the progression are Advanced Criminalistics, Evidence Processing and Trial Evidence. Throughout this progression, you will advance your experience from crime scene to the courtroom.


Online: Two terms per semester starting in January, March, May, July, August and October

Who Is This Criminalistics Degree Program For?

Study and evaluate physical evidence from crime scene to courtroom, following the strictest legal and scientific evidence processing rules. If in-depth, intense study of physical evidence is your calling, then the criminalistics degree program at TU is for you. We provide a solid foundation for your future in local, state and federal police departments, as well as private investigative services.


The time to complete one’s criminalistics degree is dependent on the number of hours transferring in. Tiffin University strives to transfer in as much transfer credit for students as possible. With this said, in order for credit to transfer, one must have earned a “C” or better in the course.

BCJ Criminalistics FAQ

What is criminalistics?

Criminalistics is the application of scientific methods to evaluate physical evidence from a crime scene for use in criminal proceedings. An expert in criminalistics understands how to gather, evaluate and preserve evidence at crime scenes.

What can you do with a degree in criminalistics?

With a degree in criminalistics, graduates will have the skills and knowledge to become criminal justice professionals specializing in forensic evidence. Career opportunities include parole authority, ATF agent, correctional officer, crime scene investigator, detective, FBI agent, medical examiner staff and secret service, to name a few.

What is the difference between criminalistics and criminology?

Criminology is the scientific study of crime as a social phenomenon, of criminals, and of penal treatment. Criminalistics, however, is the application of forensic science and knowledge to evaluate crime scene evidence for use in criminal proceedings.


At a Glance

Professional Fields

  • Corrections
  • Highway Patrol Officer
  • Corporate Security
  • County Sheriff’s Deputy
  • Criminal Investigator / Detective
  • Fraud Investigator
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Police Officer / Program Administrator
  • Prosecutor’s Office Investigator
  • Special Agent

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