BA Criminal Justice - Criminalistics

Crime scene analysts process evidence—like DNA, fingerprints and bullets—in a forensics lab to help identify suspects and reconstruct the events of a crime. Get the training to get ahead in crime scene investigation and forensic science with Saint Leo's Criminalistics specialization.

Why choose Criminal Justice - Criminalistics at Saint Leo?

Learn the latest techniques from faculty members who've served as real-life crime scene investigators. At Saint Leo, you'll develop expert knowledge on crime scene processing, fingerprint analysis, evidence preservation and blood stain interpretation, while building job-ready skills in scientific writing and courtroom testimony. Special emphasis is placed on sequential processing of crime scenes, crime scene safety, DNA analysis, crime scene photography and videotaping, and the presentation of scientifically sound information in the courtroom.

Ranked among the nation's most military-friendly institutions by G.I. Jobs and Military Advanced Education magazines, Saint Leo University has been educating criminal justice professionals for more than three decades. In the Catholic spirit, we base our criminal justice model—at both our University Campus and Education Centers—on a steadfast moral consciousness that recognizes the dignity, value and gifts of all people.

Saint Leo's Education Centers also offers a B.A. Criminal Justice - Homeland Security Specialization and a B.A. Criminal Justice with no specialization. Criminal Justice degree specializations are optional.

Some amazing classes you can take

  • Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation
  • Forensic Science and Criminal Justice
  • Evidence Collection and Preservation
  • Bodily Fluids as Evidence
  • Scientific Writing and Courtroom Testimony

Professional development opportunities

  • Field placement: Earn your police standard certificate at a nearby police academy.
  • Internships: Find an internship close to home or work, or with federal agencies such as the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Customs, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. District Court and Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
  • FBI National Academy Associates: Saint Leo is an approved educational partner by the FBI National Academy Associates.

What can you do with a degree in Criminal Justice - Criminalistics?

Graduates rapidly advance in the criminal justice system and pursue graduate study in criminal justice administration and related fields.

  • Crime Lab Analyst
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Forensic Engineer
  • Medical Examiner
  • Criminalist
  • Forensic Documents Examiner
  • Forensic Toxicologist
  • Digital Forensic Examiner

Where are Saint Leo Criminal Justice grads now?

  • Secret Service
  • FBI
  • Tampa Police Department
  • Atlanta Police Department