NMU Offers CSI Certificate Program

Students gaining crime scene photography experience (NMU file photo)

Northern Michigan University's Criminal Justice Department will begin offering a new crime scene investigation (CSI) certificate this fall. The 16-credit program provides foundational instruction in criminal investigative techniques, forensic disciplines, crime scene reconstruction and evidence processing. The credential will benefit students who seek to gain entry-level employment in related fields.  

“This should enhance recruitment because it will appeal to a wide range of students in a variety of programs at NMU, such as forensic biochemistry, anthropology, biology, chemistry, psychology, cyber defense, and of course criminal justice majors,” said Chris McMaster, criminal justice instructor, in a presentation to the NMU Board of Trustees. So this is truly an interdisciplinary academic credential and it will better prepare students for entry into their chosen fields. It will make them more marketable and competitive in future entry-level jobs and later promotions.”

McMaster said no additional staffing or equipment costs will be required because the department is packaging existing courses in a way that focuses on core CSI knowledge and skills. Areas of study include an introduction to the criminal justice system; criminal investigation; crime scene documentation, processing, preservation and collection of forensic evidence; and death investigations. 

Find more details about the program here. For more information on NMU's Criminal Justice Department and related programs, visit nmu.edu/cj.

Media Contact: Chris McMaster, 906-227-2660 or cmacmast@nmu.edu.

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