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Underwater Crime Scene Investigation (UCSI) Minor

This minor is offered in the College of Applied Studies through the Public Safety and Security program to students at both the Tallahassee (online) and the Panama City campuses. It has an applications focus not present in other existing degree certificates or minors. Courses will be particularly useful in complementing various professional degree programs, such as health professions, law, social science, criminology, environmental studies, recreation, tourism and events, engineering and biological science programs. Only coursework with a grade of ‘C’ or above in these courses will count towards the minor.


  • diver at artificial reef

    Sally Pendoley

    “Scuba changed my life, and the program helped guide me to achieve goals I didn’t even know were possible.”

    — Sally Pendoley
    crime scene investigation, ’19

  • Diver underwater

    Will McEwan

    “Most of the time when I am in the water I have one of the best educations out of all the divers there.”

    — Will McEwan
    international affairs, ’22

  • divers in Morrison Springs

    Emma Graumlich

    “The diving program made my experience at FSU so much better.”

    — Emma Graumlich
    anthropology, ’20

  • Logan Turner diving

    Logan Turner

    “If you even think you might be interested in working underwater, take the program. The certification opens you to many opportunities.”

    — Logan Turner




    biology, ’19



Underwater Crime Scene Investigation minor curriculum

ISC 3062 - Introduction to Underwater Investigation (3) presents the history, principles of basic hyperbaric science diving, physics and physiology as they relate to diving. This course provides the theoretical foundation for individuals preparing to be divers.

ISC 3063 - Scientific Underwater Investigation (3) builds upon the Introduction to Underwater Investigation course by providing the technology to collect data in an underwater environment according to the scientific method. The course the techniques used in science disciplines that function underwater.

CJE 4764- Underwater Crime Scene Methodology (3) synthesizes the various theories for the conduct of crime with the knowledge of how physical evidence is produced during the commission of a crime on or under the water in order to produce information that enables the investigation and prosecution of criminal activity.

CJE 4765 - Underwater Crime Scene Investigation (3) combines the various analytical underwater examinations into a holistic investigation process designed to locate and detect persons and physical evidence involved in, or victims of, crimes in, or on, the water. Emphasis is placed on the theory of the technology and the scientific decision-making required for its optimum application.

Elective Course

PEN 1136 Theory and practice of compressed-gas diving. Certification earned: Open Water Diver (Summer only)

Program Advisor

Angie Sexton
(850) 770–2178

Program Faculty


Darren DeDario
Dive Locker Supervisor
Barron 132
(850) 770-2206

Adam Wendt
Dive Safety Officer
Public Safety and Security Support Specialist
Holley A-111-C
(850) 770-2250

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