Forensic Investigations at Washburn

Washburn University's Forensic Investigations Program prepares students for the crime scene field by providing classroom and practical-based learning. Students utilize real-world tools and equipment, as well as laboratory and mock scene environments to analyze, document, and collect physical evidence.
Career Forecast Growing OutlookAverage Salary $50,460hybrid
A forensic student examines a mock crime scene.

Why study Forensic Investigations at Washburn?

In Washburn's Forensic Investigations and Forensic Investigation Sciences programs, you will complete specialized coursework designed to prepare you for work as a crime scene investigator. Coursework encompasses classroom-based learning as well as many laboratory courses hosted at the Kansas Bureau of Investigation's (KBI) Forensic Science Center (FSC) located on the Washburn University campus. 

Washburn's collaboration with the KBI and other regional forensic agencies means that students are working alongside, and in conjunction with, faculty and staff who currently work and have experience in the criminal investigation field.

Many of the degree-required courses are offered in an online format, and prepare you to graduate with career-ready skills in evidence identification, collection, and preservation that will make you a valued part of an investigations team.

Which Forensic Investigations degree is right for me?

Forensic Investigations

If you're interested in:

  • Detective work or private investigation
  • Working for state-level or federal-level agencies with a focus on forensic work

The FI pathway might be right for you. This program allows you to choose a supporting minor and offers internship opportunities with local, regional, and national-level agencies.

Forensic Investigation Sciences

If you're drawn to:

  • Crime scene work or death investigation
  • Comparative sciences such as fingerprint, footwear, or firearms analysis

The FIS pathway could be your best fit. This program lets you skip the minor requirement and instead take 24 credit hours of natural science courses. It also encourages participation in seminars or independent study research projects, preparing you for graduate degree work and opportunities to publish or present research. You'll also have internships with various agencies and forensic science laboratories.

Common opportunities for both pathways

Both degree pathways offer:

  • Learning about various forensic disciplines like photography, fire investigation and bloodstain pattern analysis
  • Interaction with professional organizations and agencies through internships, educational conferences and memberships
  • A mix of online courses and on-campus classes

Meet Emma Morrissey

Sophomore Emma Morrissey learned about Washburn from one of her high school teachers in Overland Park. She fell in love with campus and the Criminal Justice program, now her major. Emma is president of the Criminal Justice Association on campus and plans to attend law school after she receives her undergraduate degree.

Jobs & Opportunities

CAREER FORECAST: growing outlook
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Career opportunities

Crime Scene Investigator/Technician

Forensic Examiner

Evidence Technician

Forensic Investigator

Death Investigator

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Forensics at Washburn

Other criminal justice degrees

The criminal justice department also offers degrees that will prepare you for a career in law enforcement, corrections, security administration or legal studies.

GET IN TOUCH WITH Criminal Justice & Legal Studies

Criminal Justice & Legal Studies
Benton Hall, Room 201
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Ph: 785.670.1411

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