Crime Scene Investigation
The Criminal Justice & Criminology Program offers several Crime Scene Investigation and Forensic related courses. These classes involve the discovery, preservation, collection, analysis, and presentation of evidence, both physical and testimonial.
- CJ 211 Introduction to Law Enforcement:
- Designed to examine the philosophical and historical background of law enforcement in the United States. Addresses constitutional limitations on law enforcement, objectives of law enforcement, and processes of law enforcement.
- CJ 312 Criminal Investigation:
- Investigation methodology, relations of the detective with other police divisions; modus operandi; sources of information; surveillance, interrogation, follow-up procedures.
- CJ 314 Crime Scene Investigation:
- This course exposes students to crime scene evidence, collection techniques, and the various uses of modern technology in preserving and analyzing evidence.
- CJ 323 Criminal Procedure:
- Admissibility of evidence and confessions, recent civil rights decisions, reconciling individual rights and community interest in law and order.
- CJ 326 Computer Crime:
- Students will identify and define criminal acts committed with computers or directed toward computer systems, electronic search and seizure and electronic evidence.
- CJ 422 Law of Evidence:
- Leading rules and principles of exclusion and selection; burden of proof, nature and effect of presumptions; proof of authenticity and contents of writings; examinations, competency and privilege of witnesses.
- CJ 280-283, 480-483 Special Topics Classes:
- Specialized courses of contemporary interest.
Our students also compete in Crime Scene Investigations at state, regional, and national competitions through the West Virginia Criminal Justice Educators' Association and the American Criminal Justice Association, Lambda Alpha Epsilon