Housed under FSU Panama City’s Public Safety & Security program, the CSI major integrates analytic and hands-on practical exercises with the theoretical principles needed to work in areas such as crime scene, death investigations, medical examiner’s office, forensic labs and more. All academic coursework is offered online or face-to-face.
The required hands-on labs are offered in accelerated one-week (40 hours) summer semester classes. During the summer program students will work real cold cases and mock crime scene scenarios. Labs allow students to practice skills like blood spatter analysis, processing of fingerprints, facial reconstruction and recovery of buried bodies. All CSI specific labs are approved by the International Association of Identification (IAI) as training certification or continuing education hours.
Students can further tailor their education with a certificate in underwater crime scene investigation, and graduates can further advance their career with a master’s level with a graduate certificate or master’s degree in law enforcement intelligence.
Through on-campus and online lectures and real-world crime scene scenarios, the program teaches students to collect, identify, classify and analyze physical evidence to help solve and prosecute criminal activity.