Program Overview

The University of Maryland University College (UMUC) offers degrees that are both relevant and convenient. The school focuses “on the unique educational and professional development needs of adult students”, and its flexible scheduling demonstrates this commitment. The school offers many programs, and one of them is the Bachelor’s degree in Investigative Forensics (IF).

Careers in the forensic sciences are expected to see about a 20 percent growth in the coming years, according to a study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Careers in the field vary depending on specialties, but investigative forensics positions generally involve laboratory analysis and crime scene examinations, jobs where employees’ investigative skills are put to use.

Through UMUC’s program, students learn the skills needed to process and report evidence from a crime scene. They are given an understanding of the theory and practice of the variety of forensic disciplines and police work as well as the tangible skills of analysis and utilizing relevant tools and technologies. As a result of classes, students will be able to apply the scientific method to forensics and evidence analysis, using many resources to generate theories about a crime. Students will also demonstrate ethics and professionalism in their research and reporting.

All students are required to complete 120 credits of coursework to earn their degree. Those credits are broken down into three sections: major classes (35 credits), general education requirements (41), and minor and elective courses (34). Major classes cover topics like criminal procedures, statistical analysis, and a study of the various disciplines. Students then choose a specialization track (Scientific Specialization and Digital Specialization) in which the courses focus on the specialization’s topic. Related minors include cybersecurity and biology.

This degree can be earned completely online. Individuals interested in learning more are invited to contact UMUC program faculty.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    School Overview

    The University of Maryland, University College is a public university that was founded in 1947. The main headquarters of UMUC is in Adelphi, Maryland, a town that borders College Park. UMUC is one of eleven divisions of the University of Maryland and provides quality educational opportunities for primarily non-traditional adult students. UMUC developed as a result of the popularity of evening programs for adults that were offered by the University of Maryland in the 1920’s. The University of Maryland established the College of Special and Continuation Studies (CSCS) in 1947, and in 1959 it became the University of Maryland College. The UMUC became an independent university in 1970, and in 1988 it became part of the University System of Maryland.

    The UMUC offers associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in professional subjects, all of which can be earned online or in hybrid formats. 


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