Forensics Investigations at Washburn

Washburn University's Forensic Investigations Program prepares students for the crime scene field by providing classroom and practical-based learning. Students utilize real-world tools and equipment, as well as laboratory and mock scene environments to analyze, document, and collect physical evidence.
Career Forecast Growing OutlookAverage Salary $50,460hybrid
A forensic student takes note in a lab.

Why study Forensic Investigations at Washburn?

In Washburn’s Forensic Investigations program, 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.

Washburn's collaboration with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation means students are working alongside and in conjunction with faculty and staff who currently work and have experience in the criminal investigations field.

Many classes are offered online and prepare you to graduate with career-ready skills in evidence identification, collection, and analysis that will make you a valued part of an investigations team.

Meet Emma Morrissey

Sophomore Emma Morrissey learned about Washburn from one of her high school teachers in Overland Park. She fell in love with campus and the Criminal Justice program, now her major. Emma is president of the Criminal Justice Association on campus and plans to attend law school after she receives her undergraduate degree.

Jobs & Opportunities

CAREER FORECAST: growing outlook
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Forensic Internships

Opportunities for internship placement are diverse and encompass local, state and federal agencies, including:

  • Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI)
  • Kansas Highway Patrol
  • Topeka Police Department
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF)
  • U.S. Secret Service
  • Kansas Fire Marshall’s Office
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Forensics at Washburn

Other criminal justice degrees

The criminal justice department also offers degrees that will prepare you for a career in law enforcement, corrections, security administration or legal studies.

GET IN TOUCH WITH Criminal Justice & Legal Studies

Criminal Justice & Legal Studies
Benton Hall, Room 201
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Ph: 785.670.1411

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