“When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains – however improbable – must be the truth."
- Sherlock Holmes
At Washburn University, you won’t just read about forensic criminal investigation and how investigators analyze crime scenes. You’ll learn in a hands-on, unique environment that mimics the real world. Our forensic investigation major allows you to use the same types of tools and equipment that professional crime scene investigators utilize – all under the supervision of experts who have years of experience in the field.
In Washburn’s Bachelor of Science in criminal justice program an emphasis in forensic investigation, you’ll complete specialized coursework designed to prepare you to work as a crime scene investigator. Many of these classes take place in the Crime Laboratory of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI), located on the Washburn University campus. Built in 2015, this unique space offers a vehicle bay for identifying and processing evidence, a crime scene reconstruction room, and an outside space secured and dedicated for other forensic activities.
In addition to state-of-the-art laboratory and research space, our partnership with the KBI also allows you to learn from the KBI scientists serving as adjunct instructors or by working alongside them as an intern. Access to the latest crime scene tools and equipment, coupled with instructors who have years of experience in the field, yield a learning experience that is second to none.
Professional development is a cornerstone of our criminal justice program. Opportunities for internship placement are diverse and encompass local, national and international employers, including:
Earn your degree at the nation's first criminal justice program awarded certification by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Learn from professors with years of practical work experience in CSI and other forensic-related areas, and graduate career-ready with skills in evidence identification, collection and analysis that will make you a valued part of an investigations team.
Our faculty and staff are well prepared to guide you in pursuing your education and career objectives. To learn more about our forensic investigation degree program, call or visit us today!