The best forensic criminology degree programs train students to assist law enforcement with investigations, research criminal profiles and identify factors that motivate criminals to commit crimes. Authoritative rankings of forensic criminology education programs do not exist; however, the most prominent schools offer challenging academic curricula featuring a multidisciplinary approach to the discipline, outstanding internship experiences and exemplary faculty.

Seattle University

The Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree program at Seattle University features a specialization in forensic science. The 2014 edition of "U.S. News & World Report" ranks Seattle University among the top 10 schools in the West. Students have access to exemplary research and training resources such as the Center for the Study of Crime and Justice located on campus. The center offers research and training opportunities and sponsors public events and service initiatives enhancing the overall classroom learning experience for students.

Mount Aloysius College

The criminology department at Mount Aloysius College in Pennsylvania offers a Bachelor of Arts in criminology with the option of concentrating in forensic accounting in criminal investigations. The forensic accounting concentration is distinctive because it specifically prepares students to pursue career opportunities with the Federal Bureau of Investigation or the Internal Revenue Service. Additionally, students can also study for a certificate in forensic investigation. The 2014 version of "U.S. News & World Report” recognizes Mount Aloysius College as one of the most prominent colleges in the North.

Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville State University in Alabama offers a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice with a specialization in forensic investigations. Jacksonville State University is home to the Center of Applied Forensics where students are introduced to new trends associated with the forensic science industry. The university maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1. This benefits students desiring more one-on-one time with instructors and those who prefer a community classroom type atmosphere.

Virginia Commonwealth University

The L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University offers a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice with a concentration in forensic crime scene investigation. The 120-credit-hour program prepares students to handle crime scene investigations by exposing them to fieldwork experiences and multidisciplinary course work related to such areas as law, political science and sociology. Students enrolled in the criminal justice degree program can also take advantage of hands-on research and leadership training opportunities provided by the Center for Public Policy located on campus. Virginia Commonwealth University ranks as one of the top national universities of 2014 by "U.S. News & World Report."

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