Graduate Certificate in Forensic and Crime Scene Investigations
Dr. Ismail M. Sebetan
The Certificate in Forensic Crime Scene Investigation (FCSI) is designed to prepare individuals to enter the field of forensic crime scene investigation and for those currently in the field as law enforce personnel, criminal investigators, evidence technicians, forensic nurses, prosecutors, attorneys, judges and other members of the multidisciplinary team involved in criminal investigation who would like to further develop their skills and expertise. Students who wish to pursue a masters degree can apply some or all the academic credits awarded in the certificate program toward the MFS degree, assuming they meet the GPA and other requirements of that degree program.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate understanding of basic human anatomy, component
of death investigation and techniques used for analysis of diseases
and trauma, and identification of unknown dead bodies.
- Differentiate the characteristic features of the various types of
violent death with the circumstances under which those deaths
occur and to meaningfully interact with the forensic pathologist and medico-legal death investigators.
- Demonstrate and describe the basic principles and the role of
crime scene investigators in forensic and legal procedures.
- Identify, collect, transport, preserve, and explain the evidentiary
value of physical evidence including chain of custody.
- Explain & use the investigative techniques utilized in the
processing, and interpretation of evidence of computer and
multimedia (video, image, audio) forensics, and the application of
the field in both the criminal and civil arenas.
- Analyze the constitutional tensions between the interests of
society, on the one hand, and the rights of individuals, on the
other, in connection with various criminal procedures and
- Demonstrate understanding of friction ridge skin differential
development and how it applies to the classification of
fingerprints and the methodology used in forensic
Students who wish to pursue a masters degree can apply some or all the academic credits awarded in the certificate program toward the MFS degree, assuming they meet the GPA and other requirements of that degree program.
(7 courses. 31.5 quarter units)