Graduate Certificate Underwater Crime Scene Investigation

Dive into a forensic career.

Focus on underwater forensic research and investigations. Courses involve critical-thinking to reach mission objectives and include application of theory and methodology. Our mission is to challenge students through sequenced courses and laboratories, which provide students with the theory and practical experience needed for the field of underwater research.



  • Tom Kelley
    Address: Holley Academic Center, Room A-111-K Panama City, FL 32405-1099
    Phone: (850) 770-2202

Course Requirements

Introduction to Underwater Investigation (CJE 3761 CJE 3761L) 
offered Fall &Summer

  • Provides theoretical and practical foundation for students preparing to be scientific underwater investigators, including safety and legal principles that relate to working in underwater environments.

Scientific Underwater Investigation (CJE 5767 CJE 5767L)
offered Spring

  • Applies scientific methods to collecting data underwater. Students learn to draw reliable investigative inferences from traditional data collection techniques and to use enhanced dive skills and technology for prolonged investigations.

Underwater Crime Scene Methodology (CJE 5768 CJE 5768L)
 offered Fall

  • Applies underwater measurement protocols, advanced dive skills and sophisticated instruments to gathering and examining evidence in underwater environments like those encountered in actual investigations.

Underwater Crime Scene Investigation (CJE 5769 CJE 5769L) 
offered Spring

  • Utilizes knowledge gained in the preceding four courses so students can plan, conduct and report on several simulated crime scenes. Students demonstrate the intellectual creativity and practical skills to manage criminal, environmental and accident investigations.

Certificate Options

Academic Perspective

Within academic programs, a UCSI certificate is beneficial in science-based disciplines.

• Engineering (vehicular accidents and materials science)

• Medicine (cause and manner of death)

• Criminology (criminal motivation and conduct)

• Archeology (artifact location and analysis)

Graduates are educated to be both scientists and investigators. They are equipped with skills to reliably collect and evaluate underwater evidence. They have an important place in the future of science and criminal justice.

The competent examination of evidence involved in crimes and accidents requires background knowledge and skills in the basic sciences of chemistry, physics and biology, plus the reasoning of logic, mathematics and statistics.

Professional Perspective

The UCSI certificate is advantageous in many professions.

• Commercial and public safety divers process accidents and natural disasters that require underwater search and recovery

• Federal, state and local law enforcement public safety dive teams investigate crime scenes where evidence is located underwater

• Insurance companies use experienced divers to investigate fraud

• Environmental investigators collect underwater samples from suspected pollution sources and spills

• Maritime security agencies utilize divers to combat terrorist activities

Underwater Crime Scene Investigation: A Guide for Law Enforcement is a leading reference in this specialized field and in subsequent training programs. To purchase the book contact Best Publishing Company at .


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