Get Your Forensic Criminal Justice Degree

With this concentration, you'll take courses on forensic toxicology, forensic DNA, FBI fingerprinting, and crime scene investigation. The Forensic Track gives you an edge for careers in the forensic sciences, either in the laboratory or in crime scene investigation.

Forensic Criminal Justice Program Highlights 

  • Ranked #3 in Best Forensic Science Colleges by
  • Professors provide student-centric learning and a hands-on approach as they advise you and guide you through this academic journey.
  • Our program provides an understanding of the components of criminal justice, constitutional limitations, theoretical approaches, and critical thinking skills warranted to address diversity in an ever-changing environment.
  • Our additional 1-year master's program prepares you to be a leader in CJ administration.

Modality & Benefits

Get a traditional college experience with lively in-person classroom discussions and close proximity to your professors, mentors, and best friends. 

Start Dates: 

January & August  

  • Semester-Based Timeline
  • Face-to-Face Instruction (some Online options)
  • In-Person Office Hours & Support
  • Relationships & Networking
  • Extracurriculars & Immersive Campus Experience

Our 100% online degrees are top-ranked by U.S. News & World Reports. Finish your degree and advance your career with a degree designed to fit your busy life. 

Start Dates: 

January, March, May, June, August & October 

  • 7-Week Courses
  • No Login Times
  • Transfer Up to 90 Credits, including 24 Training Hours
  • 10-Hour Weekly Commitment (varies)
  • Free E-Books

Forensic Criminal Justice Curriculum

Major Requirements

Popular Forensic Criminal Justice Classes

  • Forensic DNA with Lab 
    Study the DNA restriction enzyme function and use electrophoresis to separate DNA sample fragments. 
  • FBI Fingerprint Recognition and Comparison
    This course is the first step in becoming a fingerprint examiner in a forensic science laboratory. 
  • Forensic Crime Scene Investigation with Lab
    Practice crime scene protocols, documentation of evidence, bloodstain pattern analysis, and more.

A Focus in Demand

Employment of forensic science technicians is projected to grow 11 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations (BLS).

Use Your Talents

  • Forensic Investigator
  • Forensic Crime Scene Technician
  • Forensic Medical Examiner
  • Scientific Laboratory Technician
  • Arson Investigator
  • Forensic DNA Analyst

Master Your Field in One Year

Increase your earning potential and become eligible for leadership positions with a master's degree. Your solid foundation will make you a strong candidate for any graduate program. Check out our online CJ master's program.

Student Experiences

Student Experiences

"What I love about being a CJ student at Columbia College is that I get to learn what interests me. The CJ professors are always there when I need help and they put a lot of effort into what they do. Choosing the CJ program here was probably one of the best decisions I have ever made."

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