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Forensic Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies

The Forensic Studies program provides an interdisciplinary approach to the field of forensics; students who major in Forensic Studies take courses in evidence, criminal procedure, law and legal research. They learn the procedures involved in criminal and civil investigation and litigation.

In addition to earning a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Studies, graduates earn a Certificate of Advanced Paralegal Studies from Bay Path’s American Bar Association approved Paralegal Program, which provides students increased opportunity to work in various legal settings.

In the Forensic Studies program, you will:

  • Study the procedures involved in criminal and civil investigation and litigation
  • Explore topics related to crime scene documentation and evidence collection, handling and preservation
  • Learn how to prepare and preserve exhibits for use in legal proceedings
  • Master the analytical procedures used in evidence collection and criminalistics
  • Complete a forensic studies internship

As students you will be exposed to such topics as the collection, handling, and preservation of evidence; the preparation and preservation of exhibits for use in courts and tribunals; crime scene documentation; and various analytical procedures used in evidence collection and criminalistics.

As a result of my hard work and support from my professors, I was awarded with a coveted internship at the naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) in Norfolk, Virginia. While working for NCIS, I was able to go to crime scenes, learn how this government agency works, read and write reports, help with witness interviews, review cases, and work alongside seasoned Special Agents!" - Ashley, Forensic Studies Major

Course Requirements

Code Course Name Credits
CMS205 Principles/Photograpy:Digital 3

In this course, students develop basic mastery of digital photography as a means of visual communication and creative expression. Through lectures, discussions, small group and one-on-one demonstrations, and hands-on experience, students learn how to shoot digital images and to work creatively with these images using Photoshop software. Offered in the spring semester

ENG114 Critical Reading & Response 3

This course introduces the integration of communication skills essential for effective reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college level. In this writing intensive course, students develop composition skills to produce collegiate-level papers modeling rhetorical modes and thematic content in addition to strategies for reading complex texts; presentation skills for personal introductions, verbal summaries of readings and response writings, and peer review of papers; and basic technological skills for word processing, e-mail, and introductory-level online research.

ENG134 Literary Genres 3

Selected readings in fiction, poetry, and drama introduce the student to literary types and techniques. These readings provide a basis for collegiate-level discussion, analysis, and the development of critical judgment. Building on the communications and research skills from earlier courses in the sequence, this course emphasizes continued practice in writing, and students complete a documented research paper using primary and secondary sources as one of the course writing assignments. Discussions and oral presentations based on assigned literature support the overall goal of the sequence: to enhance the advancement of the students, first academically and then professionally. Prerequisite: ENG 114

FSC105 Criminalistics 4

Criminalistics This course introduces the theoretical underpinnings of criminalistics, including the techniques for discovery, collection, preservation, and analysis of physical evidence.

FSC105L Criminalistics Lab 0

Criminalistics Lab This course will entail a practical examination of topics and laboratory testing procedures introduced in FSC105 such as fibers, blood spatter patterns, footwear and tire impressions, narcotics, blood, semen, soil, fingerprints, documents, firearms, and other topics. (Lab fee) Corequisite: FSC105

GOV100 American Government 3

This course provides an understanding of the function of the American national government. The development of the Constitution and the American political system are considered in the light of contemporary economic, social, and technological conditions.

LAW103 Intro to American Legal System 3

This course introduces students to basic legal concepts, the structure of the American state and federal court systems, basic legal theory and practice, and provides an overview of several areas of law. This course is required for all legal studies majors, minors, and certificate students; it is a prerequisite for all other legal courses

LAW240 Legal Research/Writing 3

This course surveys published sources and materials of the law. Students are trained in the research and analysis of legal problems and in the practical applications of legal writing. This course includes drafting correspondence, case briefs, and legal memoranda. Prerequisites: LAW 103 Offered in the fall semester

LAW248 Princ of Criminal Procedure 3

Principles of Criminal Procedure This course provides an overview of criminal procedure with special focus on the respective rights and duties of the defense and prosecution. It covers the development and present state of the law as it applies to arrest, search and seizure, statements by the accused and others, the right to counsel, trial proceedings and issues, sentencing, punishment, and appeal. The course is designed to give students an understanding of the history and development of the constitutional dynamics of a criminal case and the current state of the law from the perspective of legal practitioners. Students will use a text supplemented with outside readings that include criminal case law, law-review articles, court pleadings, and fiction. Instructional materials also include videotapes, such as 'The Thin Blue Line.' Students will be required to brief cases and write short papers. Prerequisite: LAW 103, Sophomore status or permission of the Department Chair

LAW249 Principles of Criminal Law 3

This course provides an overview of the history and structure of criminal law and focuses on the elements of common crimes, common defenses, the concepts of criminal liability, criminal intent, and conduct punishable by the criminal law. The course is designed to give students an understanding of the development and current state of criminal law and the similarities and differences between criminal and civil law. Students will use a text supplemented with outside readings that include case law, jury instructions, law-review articles, and fiction. Prerequisite: LAW 103, Sophomore status or permission of the Department Chair

LAW371 Evidence 3

This course examines the rules of evidence in both civil and criminal proceedings, focusing on the gathering of potential evidence and the presentation to a judicial tribunal of admissible evidence. Topics include relevancy, competency, impeachment, real and demonstrative evidence, best evidence (original writing), judicial notice, expert testimony, character evidence, the hearsay rule and its exceptions, privileged communications, admissions and confessions, and civil rights. Using federal and state rules of evidence, students will analyze and evaluate possible pieces of evidence and argue orally and in writing through dispositive motions, for inclusion or exclusion at trial. Prerequisite: LAW 103, LAW 248, Junior status or higher or permission of the Department Chair

LAW435 Forensics & Law 3

This course is an advanced seminar in which students will explore in-depth the application of a variety of frequently applied fields of forensics to legal cases and problems. Students will examine the processes by which forensic evidence is collected, examined, prepared for presentation and admitted in legal settings. Topics for discussion include the introduction of specific types of forensic evidence in criminal and civil cases and objections and challenges to the admissibility of such evidence. Prerequisites: FSC 100 (or equivalent as determined by Department Chair), LAW371, Senior standing or permission of Department Chair.

MAT120 Statistics 3

This is an introduction to the basic descriptive and inferential statistics for students from all disciplines. It emphasizes the development of statistical literacy and the use of computer for analyzing data. Topics include principles of experimental design; graphical and numerical methods for summarizing, describing, exploring and analyzing data; binomial and normal probability distributions; point and interval estimates for means and proportions; hypothesis testing; and correlation and regression. Offered both semesters

WEL100 Women as Empowered Learners & Leaders 3

Women as Empowered Learners and Leaders is an interdisciplinary course, designed to give all students entering Bay Path University a common experience and foundation for their education. This course is an introduction to the University, to academic study, and to various approaches to thinking about personal potential, to understand the process of becoming a learner, and a leader, and composing a life, to appreciate beauty, and work actively toward establishing community and justice in the context of being a woman at the beginning of the 21st century.

WEL310 Strategies for Career and Personal Growth 1

(This course is graded Pass/Fail.) In their junior year before the opening of the spring semester, baccalaureate degree students will be offered a special opportunity to learn up-to-date information about the current work world in an intensive two-and-a-half-day workshop format. Students will meet successful professionals who will discuss the challenges and opportunities of their respective fields and help students prepare for interviews as well as learn how to navigate the early stages of their new careers.

WEL400 WELL in Practice 3

By WEL400, you will be ready to blend all the skills you have learned during the WELL program—leadership, critical thinking, research, writing, analysis, and public presentation—with a community service project. Empathy, respect, and tolerance are the core human values that are stressed. It’s what every good leader needs to confidently show the way.