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Investigations Degree - Bachelor of Science

Degree Information

The accelerated Bachelor of Science in Investigations is a unique program that offers coursework in both public and private sector investigations. The curriculum provides students with the theoretical and practical foundation that is needed for a wide variety of professional occupations in both the public and private sector. Topics and issues discussed will include criminal and legal investigations, differences between private and public sector investigation techniques and guidelines, ethical standards, and the psychology of criminal behavior. Students will be expected to be able to demonstrate their understanding in these areas through case study analysis, role play simulation participation, and the application of critical thinking skills in reports and structured peer interactions.

Curriculum

Major Requirements (40 credit hours)

(Click a course name below to view course details). All courses are 4 credit hours.

  • LA 300 Foundations for Professional Success

    This course prepares students for success in their academic and professional careers. The foundation for learning is established for professional skill development through practical experience with the University’s four essential learning outcomes - communication, problem solving, collaboration, and citizenship. Learner strengths are assessed and analytical, relational, and resilience skills are developed.
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  • INVS 305 Theory and Practice of Investigations

    This course will provide a foundation and overview of the diverse field of investigations. The focus of the course will be on the investigative process and concepts and theories in investigations.
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  • INVS 315 The American Criminal and Civil Legal Systems

    This course will provide an examination of the Constitutional underpinnings of criminal and civil law as it applies to the field of investigations. Special focus will be devoted to an overview of the American court system, specific elements of crime, the operation of civil jurisprudence, and a review of the policies and procedures that influence law in America.
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  • INVS 325 Professional Responsibility and Ethics in Investigations

    This course will address ethical issues in investigations at both the theoretical and applied levels. Special emphasis will be given to an examination of the relationship between ethical principles, moral and normative judgments.
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  • INVS 335 Information Gathering and Case Management

    This course will examine basic methods of investigation, information acquisition, and managing and prioritizing caseloads. Particular attention will be paid to database and record-searching, interviewing and interrogating, note taking and report writing, using logic and scientific methodology in investigations and case management approaches.
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  • INVS 345 The Criminal Mind

    This course will focus on behavioral analysis and criminal offenders. Special focus will be devoted to forensic psychology, criminal behavior rationalization, deviant behavior, and crime causation theories.
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  • INVS 405 Crime Scenes, Clues, Forensics and Evidence

    This course will cover the investigative process as it relates to crime scenes and evidence processing. Rules of evidence, types of evidence including latent fingerprints, fibers and other trace particle, firearms, tool marks, bloodstain patterns and DNA analysis will be emphasized.
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  • INVS 415 Investigating Crimes Against Property and the Private Sector

    This course will examine the roles, responsibilities, and strategies of the professional in conducting investigations into crimes against property as well as the personal attributes of the private sector investigator. Investigations into the crimes of burglary, auto theft, fraud, and identity theft will be the focus, as well as private sector investigations into harassment, discrimination, and threats of violence in the workplace, workers’ compensation, asset protection, loss prevention, employee background checks, and theft of intellectual property.
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  • INVS 425 Investigating Crimes Against Persons

    This course will examine the roles, responsibilities, and strategies of the Federal, State, and Local law enforcement personnel responsible for conducting criminal investigations into crimes perpetrated directly against individuals. Areas of focus will include the investigations into homicide, sexual assault, robbery, child abuse, and domestic violence.
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  • INVS 435 Investigating Public Order Crimes

    This course will examine the roles, responsibilities, and strategies of the Federal, State, and Local law enforcement personnel responsible for conducting criminal investigations into crimes against society. Areas of focus will include narcotics trafficking, prostitution, hate crimes, terrorism, and other prevalent public order crimes.
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Kirkpatrick Signature Series Requirements (9 credit hours)

(In addition to the Major Requirements, all Bellevue University students must complete the Kirkpatrick Signature Series)

  • LA 400 American Vision and Values

    This course focuses on the political and philosophical traditions of the Western world, especially as they are found in the American vision and are embedded in the values, traditions, documents, and institutions of the United States. Prerequisite: 60 Credit Hours
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  • LA 410 Tradition and Change

    This course examines the theories of moral absolutism and moral relativism, in light of their relationship to citizen freedoms and responsibilities. The course compares several modern economic systems, accessing their impact on citizen freedom and responsibility. It also examines the importance of fulfilling citizens’ responsibilities for the well-being of society and for the freedoms they enjoy. Prerequisite: 60 Credit Hours
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  • LA 420 Freedom and Responsibility

    This course examines the theories of moral absolutism and moral relativism, in light of their relationship to citizen freedoms and responsibilities. The course compares several modern economic systems, accessing their impact on citizen freedom and responsibility. It also examines the importance of fulfilling citizens’ responsibilities for the well-being of society and for the freedoms they enjoy. Prerequisite: 60 Credit Hours
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