Administration of Justice: General Forensic Investigation, C.S.C.

Career Studies Certificate
Campuses: Alexandria, Annandale, Manassas, Woodbridge

This curriculum is designed to provide an introduction to the forensic investigation aspect of law enforcement and investigation. It provides an overview of forensic evidence, investigation methods, and procedures suitable for persons exploring the field as a career option or in need of training for promotion. The curriculum can be applied toward program electives in the Associate of Applied Science in Administration of Justice.

Course Curriculum

Below is a table that shows the courses needed to satisfy this program. Please speak with an advisor to ensure you meet your program requirements.

One Year Credits
1st Semester
ADJ 171 Forensic Science I 4
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning 3
Total 10
2nd Semester
ADJ 212 Criminal Law, Evidence, and Procedures II 3
Choose One
1ADJ 275 Forensic Pathology 3
2ADJ 298 Homicide Seminar
BIO 101 General Biology I
CHM 101 Introductory Chemistry I
3ADJ Forensic Elective 3
Total 9-10
Total credits for the Career Studies Certificate = 19-20
One Year Credits
1st Semester
Forensic Science I
ADJ
171
4
ENG
111
3
MTH
154
3
Total 10
2nd Semester
ADJ
212
3
Choose One
1ADJ
275
3
Homicide Seminar
2ADJ
298
BIO
101
Introductory Chemistry I
CHM
101
Forensic Elective
3ADJ
3
Total 9-10
Total credits for the Career Studies Certificate = 19-20

All first-time students must take a one-credit Student Development (SDV) course prior to enrolling in their 16th credit at NOVA. First-time-to-college students ages 17-24 must complete an SDV course within their first year at NOVA.

1 Course should be selected according to desired forensic specialty or emphasis.

2 Homicide Seminar must be three-credit option.

3 Approved forensic elective courses include the following: ADJ 127, ADJ 164, ADJ 172, ADJ 186, ADJ 235, ADJ 236, ADJ 237.