Crime Scene Investigation Training Schools & Degree Programs

While not all crime scene investigator jobs require a college education, the most traditional route to becoming a crime scene investigator is earning a bachelor's degree in forensic science, forensic anthropology or forensic biology. Most forensic science programs take an interdisciplinary approach to teaching students. Curriculum in these programs typically includes a variety of courses addressing subject matter as diverse as criminal justice, biochemistry, criminal evidence analysis and molecular biology. Forensic science students who choose to specialize may also take course in toxicology, DNA profiling, fingerprint analysis, documentation methods and evidence retrieval, depending on their area of specialization.


Crime scene investigators come from a variety of professional and educational backgrounds. Some crime scene investigators start out as police officers, others move directly into crime scene investigation upon graduation from college. Crime scene investigators with non-traditional backgrounds may be required to complete additional forensic training. Many vocational schools and community colleges offer focused certificate or 2-year degree programs in crime scene investigation designed to prepare students to enter the workforce upon graduation.

  • Arkansas State University- State University, AR
    Programs Offered:
    Associate of Science (A.S.) – Crime Scene Investigations

  • Mohave Community College- Kingman, AZ
    Programs Offered:
    Associate of Applied Science (AAS) – Administration of Justice
    Associate of Applied Science (AAS) – Corrections Officer
    Associate of Applied Science (AAS) – Evidcence & Crime Scene Investigation

  • Pima Community College- Tucson, AZ
    Programs Offered:
    Certificate – Crime Scene Management

  • Scottsdale Community College- Scottsdale, AZ
    Programs Offered:
    Certificate – Crime Scene Investigation
    Certificate – Crime Scene Technology

  • Pulaski Technical College- North Little Rock, AR
    Programs Offered:
    Associate of Applied Science (AAS) – Crime Scene Investigation

  • Southeast Arkansas College- Pine Bluff, AR
    Programs Offered:
    Associate of Applied Science (AAS) – Crime Scene Investigation

  • Fullerton College- Fullerton, CA
    Programs Offered:
    Certificate – Crime Analysis
    Certificate – Crime Scene Investigation

  • San Bernardino Valley College- San Bernardino, CA
    Programs Offered:
    Certificate – Criminal Justice – Forensic Specialist (Crime Scene Investigator)

  • Eastern Florida State College- Cocoa, FL
    Programs Offered:
    Associate of Science (A.S.) – Crime Scene Technology

  • Florida SouthWestern- Fort Myers, FL
    Programs Offered:
    Associate of Science (A.S.) – Crime Scene Technician
    Certificate – Crime Scene Technician

  • Gulf Coast Community College- Panama City, FL
    Programs Offered:
    Associate of Applied Science (AAS) – Crime Scene Technology
    College Credit Certificate – Crime Scene Technician

  • Keiser University- Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Programs Offered:
    Associate of Science (A.S.) – Crime Scene Technology
  • Palm Beach State College- Lake Worth, FL
    Programs Offered:
    Associate of Science (A.S.) – Crime Scene Technology
    College Credit Certificate – Crime Scene Technology

  • Southwest Florida College- Fort Myers, FL
    Programs Offered:
    Diploma – Crime Scene Investigation

  • Tallahassee Community College- Tallahassee, FL
    Programs Offered:
    College Credit Certificate – Crime Scene Investigation

  • University of Central Florida- Orlando, FL
    Programs Offered:
    Certificate – Crime Analysis
    Certificate – Crime Analysis and Crime Mapping
    Certificate – Crime Scene Investigation


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