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Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

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Investigative Techniques (CRJ 330)


Self-study, self-paced.

Various; distance learning format.

January 2023 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: evaluate and apply principles of forensic science within the broader context of natural sciences, engineering, and the legal system; analyze various types of physical evidence and discuss their significance in forensic investigations; investigate and interpret the role of interviews, field notes, and reporting in the forensic science process; examine follow-up investigation techniques, interrogation strategies, and their impact on the resolution of criminal cases; critically evaluate the rules of evidence and their application in the legal system as they pertain to forensic science; analyze and differentiate between inductive and deductive reasoning in investigation methodologies, explaining their influence on the decision-making process in solving crimes; and synthesize knowledge of forensic science principles, investigative techniques, and legal implications to develop comprehensive strategies for solving complex criminal cases.


This course introduces forensic science or criminalistics and captures the broader context of both the natural sciences and the practical application including physical evidence, interviews, field notes and reporting, follow-up investigation, interrogation, and rules of evidence. There is an in-depth analysis of investigation methodologies addressing inductive and deductive reasoning to assess the decision-making process to solve crimes.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Administration, Public Justice, Criminology, and Emergency Management (6/23).