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Crime Scene Investigation Program

Program faculty

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Mark Feulner, PhD
Holley A-111-J

Lucy Hoover, LL M, JD
Holley A-111-C
(850) 770-2243

Charla Perdue, MS, MFS
Holley A-111-R
(850) 770-2207


Description of Major

A Crime Scene Investigation degree from FSU Panama City teaches students to collect, identify, classify and analyze physical evidence to help solve and prosecute criminal activity. The Public Safety & Security program integrates practical exercises with theoretical principles to provide students with the knowledge, skills and abilities required by a variety of jobs in law enforcement, security, intelligence services and investigative agencies. Lab courses will equip students with the hands-on experience and familiarity with technology that employers value.

Admission Requirements for Crime Scene Investigation

All students must meet the foreign language admission requirement. In addition, applicants must meet one of the following:

  • Associate of Arts (A.A.) from a Florida public college. This will satisfy the Liberal Studies/general education requirement and must be completed with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Transfer students from a regionally accredited postsecondary institution. These students must have sixty or more semester hours of transferable credit, to include six hours of freshman English composition and six hours of mathematics/statistics. Transfer students must have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA. These students must complete the Florida State University general education requirements while enrolled in this program.
  • Current students at FSU (either campus). These students must have fifty-two or more semester hours of credit, to include six hours of freshman English composition and six hours of mathematics/statistics. Students must have a minimum of a 2.0 GPA. These students must complete the general education requirements while enrolled in this program.

Degree Requirements

  • 120 credit hours total with at least 45 hours in courses at the 3000 level or above.
  • 48 credit hours in public safety and security with specific requirements of:

Core Classes for Crime Scene Investigation Majors: [Students must earn a "C-" or better in each course.]

  • CCJ 3024 (3) The Criminal Justice System (Fall, Spring)
  • CJE 3762 (3) Forensic Science in Investigation (Fall, Spring)
  • CJE 3762L (1) Forensic Science in Investigation Lab (Fall, Spring)
  • CCJ 4744 (3) Evidential Reasoning for Research & Investigation (Fall)
  • CCJ 3071 (3) Computer Applications for Public Safety and Security (Fall)

Major Required Courses (23 hours) for Crime Scene Investigation majors: [Students must earn a "C-" or better in each course.]

  • CJE 4611 (3) Criminal Investigation: Theory & Practice (Fall)
  • CJE 4615 (3) Conduct of Investigation (Spring)
    Prerequisite CCJ 4611
  • CJE 4655 (1) Crime & Accident Scene Imaging & Reconstruction
  • CJE 4655L (2) Crime & Accident Scene Imaging & Reconstruction Lab (SUMMER ONLY)
    Prerequisite CJE 4655 
  • CJE 4135 (2 ) Impression and Pattern Evidence
    Prerequisite CJE 3762 and CJE 3762L 
  • CJE 4135L (2) Impression and Pattern Evidence Lab (SUMMER ONLY)
    Prerequisite CJ 4135 
  • CJE 4241 (1) Trace & Biometric Evidence
    Prerequisite CJE 3762 and CJE 3762L 
  • CJE 4241L (2) Trace & Biometric Evidence Lab (SUMMER ONLY)
    Prerequisite CJE 4241 
  • CJE 3648 (3) Crime Scene Professionalism
  • CJE 4638 (2) Forensic Death Investigation
    Prerequisite CJE 3762 and CJE 3762L 
  • CJE 4638L (2) Forensic Death Investigation Lab (SUMMER ONLY)
    Prerequisite CJE 4638 

All CSI labs (with the exception of Forensic Science in Investigation Lab, CJE 3762L) are offered only face to face during the summer semester and take place in one week.  Dates are published by the start of spring so that students can plan accordingly.  Labs are held on Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Panama City Campus.  This means you get full Lab course credit in one week. Two labs will be offered each summer. Hands on experience using the techniques and equipment is vital and requires training.

The international Association for Identification has approved the FSU CSI degree program hands-on labs to count toward required certification hours or continuing education hours. Students will receive a certificate upon completion of the labs.

Additional Required PS&S Elective Courses (21 hours) [Students must earn a "C-" or better in each course.]

  • CJE 4220 (3) Introduction to Forensic Entomology
  • CCJ 4710 (3) Applied Probability for Research & Investigation (Spring)
     Prerequisite CCJ 4744
  • CCJ 3678 (3) Policing Diversity: Race, Gender, Religion and Crime (Spring)
  • CJE 3612 (3) Interview and Interrogation (Fall, Spring)
  • CJE 3617 (3) Cold Case Investigations
  • CJC 3311 (3) Corrections: Practices and Perspectives (Spring)
  • CJJ 3013 (3) Youth Culture and Crime (Spring)
  • CCJ 3651 (3) Drugs and Crime (Summer)
  • CJE 4410 (3) Community Policing (Summer)
  • DSC 3013 (3) Homeland Security & Criminal Justice (Summer)
  • CCJ 3032 (3) Crime in Media (Fall)
  • CCJ 3484 (3) Ethics in Policing and Intelligence (Fall)
    CJE 4710 (3 or more, variable) Public Safety and Security Capstone (Offered every semester, CJE 4710 Public Safety and Security Capstone is typically done in your final semester in the program.  Up to three (3) additional hours in the Capstone course beyond the three hours required for graduation may be used as an additional PS&S Elective, with prior CSI Program approval).

Additional Information:

In addition to the requirements outlined above, each student must complete all University-wide requirements for graduation. These requirements include:

  • Liberal studies (general education) and the Gordon Rule writing requirements: Transfer students with an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree from a Florida community college have automatically met the general education and Gordon Rule writing requirements.
  • Multicultural requirement: Students transferring with 60 or more hours must complete one multicultural course. Other students must complete two multicultural courses. Courses taken at a previous institution may be used to satisfy this requirement.
  • FSU residency requirement: Each student’s last 30 hours must be in residence at FSU.

Oral Competency requirement may be met with SPC 1608 (GCSC). There are also several courses offered at FSU PC that will meet this requirement. Acceptable substitutes may include, but are not limited to:

  • A grade of “B” or above in a high school oral communication or speech class
  • Verified successful participation in a forensic or debate team in high school, community college, or college; or
  • Passing with a "C-" or higher a course in public speaking in another college or university (including community college).

University Computer Literacy can be met with a grade of C- or better in CGS 1570 (GCSC), CGS 2100 (FSU) or equivalent.

Foreign Language Requirement can be satisfied by having two sequential units of the same foreign language in high school, or two semesters of the same foreign language in college or documented equivalent proficiency.

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