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  • B.S. in Criminal Justice: Forensics

    Learn about the relationship between psychology and the criminal justice system
    Develop a foundation in criminal profiles, managing and documenting evidence, and the justice system.
    School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
    Dobbs Ferry

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Criminal Justice: Forensics B.S. Curriculum

General Liberal Arts and Sciences
General Education Requirements 60 Credits
Major Concentration
Criminal Justice 39 Credits
Open Electives 21 Credits
Total 120 Credits

Students who choose the major concentration in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Forensics must complete all of the following courses:

  • CRJU 102 Intro Criminal Justice System
  • CRJU 204 Introduction to Corrections
  • CRJU 212 Criminology
  • CRJU 236 Criminal Court Process
  • CRJU 253 Policing
  • CRJU 255 Crime Scene Investigation
  • CRJU 256 Criminal Investigation
  • CRJU 396 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
  • CRJU 401 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice
  • LAWS 203 Law of Evidence
  • PSYN 209 Intro to Forensic Psychology
  • SINC 161 Forensic Science I
  • SINC 162 Forensic Science II

There is a 21-credit residency requirement in the major concentration of Criminal Justice with specialization in Forensics.

PSYN 101 is a prerequisite for all PSYN courses numbered 120 and above. SOCL 101 is a prerequisite for all SOCL courses numbered 120 and above. PSYN 101 and SOCL 101 fulfill part of the General Education requirements. All the courses in this category fulfill Liberal Arts requirements.

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What is the Criminal Justice Major?
A four-year program designed to enhance the career of someone already in criminal justice, or prepare you if you’re not.
How long does earning a degree take?
Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.
What is the greatest strength of the Criminal Justice program?
The academic and professional diversity of the faculty and a well-balanced curriculum. Our faculty includes attorneys, law enforcement professionals, and others who have had hands-on experience in the criminal justice system throughout the metropolitan area.
What is the first step in the admissions process?
Click on "Apply Now" on the Mercy homepage or call 1.877.MERCY.GO to apply for admission to Mercy College and arrange for an appointment with an Admissions Counselor. Bring your completed application form and copies of your high school and/or college transcripts with you at the time of your appointment.
Are department faculty available for academic advising?
Yes, faculty are always ready to help students with questions about what courses to take, the sequencing of courses, and career opportunities, including internships and cooperative education.
What employment opportunities are available?
Various jobs in public service agencies, such as police departments, corrections departments, social service agencies, victims' assistance agencies, in positions ranging from entry level to top positions; as well as the private sector in security and insurance companies.
Is Mercy College a nonsectarian institution?
Yes. Qualified applicants are admitted without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or physical disability.
What types of students are attracted to the study of Criminal Justice?
The student body in our program includes male and female adult students of all ages. Our students include police, court, and correction personnel, as well as other professionals who are already employed in the field.
How many credits can be transferred from another institution?
Up to 75 credits from a two-year institution. Up to 90 from a four-year institution. Up to 90 credits combined however the credits may not exceed 75 credits from any combination of two-year institutions as they apply to your chosen degree. In addition you may only transfer in two courses of upper-level business credit (six credits) to apply to the major / specialization.
What fields of study are involved?
In addition to general liberal arts curriculum, the specialized courses include the Criminal Justice System, the Corrections System, Criminal Procedure, Constitutional Law issues, the impact of crime on the victim and on law enforcement officers, drugs and several other related issues. Sociology, philosophy and psychology courses are also included.
Illya Lichtenberg Associate Professor, Legal and Justice Studies

Criminal Justice: Forensics Overview

Criminal Justice is a challenging, exciting and rewarding career. The 4-year Criminal Justice major will prepare you for the profession, help you advance if you’re already in it, and/or also prepare you for graduate school. Among the areas covered by the Forensics concentration are: analysis of crime scenes to determine evidence to be collected and how: taking photographs of the crime scene and evidence; creating records of observations and findings; learning to collect evidence, including weapons, fingerprints, and bodily fluids; learning to catalog and preserve evidence for transfer to crime labs; and reconstruction of crime scenes.

Graduates have found employment in public service agencies such as:

  • Local and state law enforcement departments/agencies
  • Certain sectors of the private market such as law firms, consulting firms, and insurance companies

The greatest strength of the criminal justice program at Mercy College is the academic and professional diversity of the faculty, which includes attorneys, law enforcement officers, forensic and crime scene specialists, and other professionals who have hands-on experience in the criminal justice system in the metropolitan area.

Criminal Justice: Forensics FAQS

Are department faculty available for academic advising?
Yes, faculty are always ready to help students with questions about what courses to take, the sequencing of courses, and career opportunities, including internships and cooperative education.
How long does earning a degree take?
Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.

Criminal Justice: Forensics Fast Facts

  • Diversity of faculty in criminal justice positions
  • Continue on to law school or find employment in public service agencies

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Criminal Justice Bachelor's program pursue positions in law enforcement; corrections, including probation and parole; court officers and other court personnel; social service agencies; victims' assistance agencies; private security; insurance companies; etc

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Program Outcomes

By the end of this program, students should be able to: 

  • Learn the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, and basic structures involved with law enforcement, the criminal course system, and corrections, and the causes of crime and delinquency
  • Understand and be able to use basic research methods in criminal justice and criminology, including design, data analysis, and interpretation
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, skeptical inquiry, and the scientific approach to problem solving 
  • Recognize, understand and respect the complexity of contrasting interests in the criminal justice system