2017 Program Dates: June 26 - August 4
Be prepared to step behind the yellow tape in just six weeks with our hands-on CSI intensive summer learning experience. Crime scene investigators need legal knowledge a meticulous eye, and scientific procedures to collect and preserve evidence for the justice community.
CSI is just as exciting as it is on T.V., and is at the heart of justice. Law enforcement, the judicial system, and the community all need CSI professionals who can ensure evidence is collected and processed correctly. CSIs can work at the crime scene, in labs, at the morgue, or in police departments, and will likely be called to share their expertise in a courtroom. Get professional instruction from real-world experts who bridge the gap between theory and practice so you can step out of the classroom and onto the next crime scene.
What You'll Learn
- Be confident and knowledgeable in performing crime scene investigations.
- Understand the basics of crime scene management including the proper collection and preservation of evidence, and chain-of-custody issues.
- Have the technical skills to sample, photograph and recover evidence at a crime scene.
What You Can Do
Positions are available in law enforcement, justice departments or government. They might include:
- Crime scene investigator
- Crime scene technician
- Police identification specialist
- Forensic scientist
Who Should Attend
For individuals who are:
- Looking for a career in crime scene investigation
- Currently in the field of crime scene investigation who would like to further develop their skills and expertise
- Law enforcement
High school education or equivalent
What You Should Know
Complete 20 of the required 23 units to earn the CSI certificate during the CSI Summer Academy.
Introduction to Criminal Law and Procedure (3 units)
This course is required to earn the CSI certificate, but is not included in the summer academy coursework. To satisfy this requirement, you can:
- Take the course at UCR Extension
- Request an equivalent course to be transferred from another accredited college or university (transcripts required).
- Regular Rate: $5,295
- Early Bird Rate: $4,995 (if paid on or before June 1).
- International Student Rate: $6,300 (see IEP website for more information).
- Pay a $500 deposit to reserve your spot.
- Deposit is nonrefundable after June 1. No refunds of any kind after June 15.
- Balance is due on or before June 15.
Students will be provided with all course materials, texts, and parking.
- Welcome reception.
- Farewell reception
- "Evening with the Experts" lecture series (July).
Field Trips (including transportation):
- Local crime labs.
- Coroner’s office.
Students must bring a DSLR camera to class.
Accommodations are not included in the tuition. Housing options may include the International Village, closest to the Extension Center; or other housing through UCR directly, and there are a number of hotels near UCR Extension. Learn more.
Also of Interest
“Students from all over the country travel to UCR to be part of the CSI Summer Academy. The reputation of the program is based on the experiences of the well-known instructors, and their ability to pass on knowledge. This sets UCR's program apart from all the others. The program gave me the tools and training necessary to be a successful and strong asset to my organization, the United States Coast Guard.”
United States Coast Guard
Earning the Certificate
For more information see How to Earn a Certificate
Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.
Crime Scene Management
Forensic Report Writing
Fingerprint Techniques and Impression Evidence
Autopsy: Medicolegal Death Investigation
Crime Scene Photography
Introduction to Digital Forensics
Introduction to Criminal Law and Procedure
Survey of Criminalistics
Crime Scene Investigation Practicum
Blood Stain Pattern Analysis
Courtroom Testimony Fundamentals
“I have been a Bloodstain Pattern Interpretation Specialist for more than 30 years, and processed over 200 homicides and officer-involved shootings. My students really enjoy the hands-on approach, and can put what they learn from me to use immediately. By the end of the class, the students are amazed by how much information is in a bloodstain pattern.”
Crime Lab Manager (Retired)
Chula Vista Police Department
Chula Vista, CA
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