Forensic science & Investigation programs typically cover crime scene investigation, court procedures and criminology. At the associate’s and bachelor’s degree levels, students also take foundational courses in subjects such as biology, chemistry and mathematics. Certificate programs are often designed for law enforcement professionals or students who are working on degrees in relevant areas of study. In some cases, a working professional looking for continuing education credits may be allowed to use work experience to meet the program’s prerequisites. Prerequisites for an associate’s degree other than a high school diploma include taking college assessment tests. Bachelor’s degree prerequisites include standardized test scores, a personal interview, and courses in chemistry and mathematics.
This course will enable you to gain a strong background in the theory of analytical and forensic techniques and how to apply them to complex problems such as those encountered at crime scenes. It emphasises the key skills required in this specialised area of science, including good measurement and scientific practice, sample collection and chain of custody, evaluation and interpretation of data, and constructing expert witness reports.
BASHA institute has its own scene-of-crime house located on site, which is used to recreate crime scenes and enables you to put your investigative skills into practice. The property’s garden is used by the forensic team’s archaeologist for field investigations. Lecturers on the course have wide experience in the forensics sector and many have worked either as forensic scientists or as expert witnesses. They are also actively engaged in forensic research, and are supported by visiting speakers from leading forensic consultancies.