Courses

The Songer Institute delivers curriculum in the field of Forensic Sciences to licensed partner institutions. Our current course offerings include a B.S. and M.S. program in Criminal Justice, B.S. or Concentration in Forensic Science, and a M.S. in Forensic Administration.

The curriculum is designed to educate and train law enforcement professionals, graduate and undergraduate students pursuing law enforcement career path using innovative learning and methods in key fields of forensic sciences leading to professional training and certification for law enforcement personnel and future careers for students in the field of forensic science.

The designed curriculum and program meets many of the needs of working adults and students who are seeking careers in the Forensic Science field. The following are some of the core competencies that Songer offers:

  • The curriculum and program can be offered either fully online or be taught using a hybrid format.
  • This program seeks to help students develop marketable skills sought after by public and private sector employers and the justice system.
  • From technical and core competencies to critical thinking and effective communication, this program helps to teach students the foundational competencies of Forensic Studies.
  • Students studying Forensic Studies learn how to be forensic specialists who can conduct investigations and examine evidence for so that they can present this evidence in front of criminal or civil law cases.
  • Six potential tracks of study from this program include Accounting, Criminalistics, Computer Forensics, Interdisciplinary, Investigations, and Legal Forensics. Based on personal interests and career aspirations, students can choose which track they want to follow. These tracks can be developed further from the current base of courses already developed.
  • The courses can be used for “continuing education units” (CEU).
  • FSI courses carry college credit (other universities will determine if the credits qualify for their programs).
  • Experienced faculty in the field with FBI, law, security and forensic science subject matter experts
  • The ability of the student to begin a career in Forensic Science.
  • Upward mobility in the student’s workplace.
  • The course delivery is an online platform, which will meet the student’s need for convenience and flexibility in hours.

 

Foundation Courses

Courses Course Title Number of Units Prerequisites
FSI 200 Fundamental of Forensic Science Investigations 3 None
FSI 241 Ethics in Forensics Science 3 None

 

Core Courses

Courses Course Title Number of Units Prerequisites
FSI 301 Forensic Death Investigations 3 FS200
FSI 302 Forensic Fingerprint Evidence 3 FS200
FSI 303 DNA Evidence and Crime Solving 3 FS200
FSI 304 Forensic Photography techniques 3 FS200

 

Specialty Courses

Courses Course Title Number of Units Prerequisites
FSI 401 Forensic Behavioral Analysis 3 FS301
FSI 402 Forensic Anthropology: The identification of Human Remains 3 FS301
FSI 490 Special Topics 3 FS301

 

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Courses Course Title Number of Units Prerequisites
CJ101 Introduction To The Criminal Justice System 3
CJ103 Corrections In America 3
CJ110 Criminology 3
CJ200 The American Criminal Courts System 3
CJ213 Criminal Law 3
CJ220 Criminal Procedure 3
CJ330 Ethics For Criminal Justice Professionals 3
CJ340 Interpersonal Communication For Criminal Justice Professionals 3
CJ350 Private Security:  Administration, Management, and Investigation 3
CJ370 Career Management And Employment Integration 3

 

MASTERS OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Courses Course Title Number of Units Prerequisites
Research Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice 3
Legal and Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice 3
Criminal Justice Policy Development and Evaluation 3
Survey in Criminological Theories 3

 

Elective Courses (18 Credits Required)

Courses Course Title Number of Units Prerequisites
Research Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice 3
Legal and Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice 3
Criminal Justice Policy Development and Evaluation 3
Survey in Criminological Theories 3

 

Special Courses (3 Credits Required)

Courses Course Title Number of Units Prerequisites
Students must take the Project Course and Capstone Course 3

 

MASTERS OF FORENSIC SCIENCE MANAGEMENT

 

Phase I – Graduation Orientation

Course ID Course Title  Number of Units
GFM 501 Graduate Orientation 3
GFM 502 Research Methods in Forensic Science Management 3
Matriculation-Subtotal 6

 

Phase II – Interdisciplinary Coursework

GFM 520 Administration of Crime Scenes and Laboratories 3
GFM 521 Applied Natural and Physical Science to Crime Solving 3
GFM 522 Field Research in Forensic Science Management 6
GFM 523 Ethics and Proper Practices in Forensics 3
GFM 524 Applied Social Science to Crime Solving 3
GFM 525 Forensic Training and Education 3
GFM 550 Project Proposal 3
Candidacy-Subtotal 24

 

Phase III – Gateway to Graduation

GFM 601 Graduate Project 6