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Crime Scene Investigation Certificate

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Students desiring a concentration in the identification, documentation and preservation of evidence at crime scenes may pursue a Certificate in Crime Scene Investigation as part of their academic plan. The CSI certificate will appear on the student’s academic transcript and provide evidence that the student has satisfied academic requirements for departmentally recognized courses in the area. The CSI certificate consists of successful completion of 15 semester hours of designated coursework. The student must successfully complete 9 of these semester hours at Columbia College. To qualify for the awarding of the certificate, each Columbia College course that comprises the certificate must be completed with a minimum grade of “B.”

Degree Requirements



  A certificate in Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) is available to students completing a Columbia College degree or minor in Criminal Justice or Forensic Science. Law enforcement academy graduates with an associate’s or bachelor’s degree from another regionally accredited school in Criminal Justice, Justice Studies, or Forensic Science are also eligible to complete the CSI certificate (see below).


Certificate Requirements

  Students are required to complete a mandatory 9 semester hour core block of courses with 6 additional discretionary hours chosen from a list of pre-approved courses.
  Required courses

9 sem. hrs

  CJAD 201View Syllabus Criminal Investigation 3 hrs
  CJAD 203View Syllabus Crime Scene Investigation 3 hrs
  CJAD 303View Syllabus Crime Scene Photography 3 hrs
  Elective courses

6 sem. hrs

  FRSC 305View Syllabus Forensic Anthropology 3 hrs
  FRSC 327View Syllabus Fingerprint Evidence 3 hrs
  CJAD 328View Syllabus Shooting Incidents 3 hrs
  CJAD 413View Syllabus Bloodstain Evidence 3 hrs
  CJAD 333View Syllabus Topics (Departmental approval required) or 3 hrs
  CJAD 433Syllabus Not Available Topics (Departmental approval required) 3 hrs
  FRSC 445View Syllabus Forensic Pathology 3 hrs


Total Semester Hours:

15 sem. hrs


Certificate Categories

  The CSI Certificate is available to students in the following categories:
  1. Degree-seeking students at Columbia College (or Columbia College graduates):
  - Students in this category must have declared a major in Criminal Justice Administration (AS, BS, or BA), a minor in Criminal Justice, or a major in Forensic Science (BS).
  - The certificate will be awarded only after successful completion of the student’s degree program in one of the above areas.
  - Students in this category must complete at least 9 hours of certificate coursework at Columbia College.
  2. State certified law enforcement academy graduates with bachelor’s or associate degrees from a regionally accredited academic institution:
  - Students in this category must have earned a major or minor in Criminal Justice, Justice Studies, or Forensic Science.
  - Students in this category must complete 15 hours of certificate coursework at Columbia College.


Transfer Credit

  Students with valid transfer credit for CJAD 201, CJAD 203, CJAD 303 and/or for a designated elective must take 3-9 hours of additional elective coursework from the certificate electives (above) in order to receive the certificate.


Certificate Award

  The CSI certificate will be awarded after completion of the necessary coursework and submission of appropriate proof-of-degree completion and law enforcement academy certification documentation.

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