Crime Scene Investigation Summer Academy

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Summer Academy

Crime Scene Investigation Summer Certificate

July 6 – August 5, 2016

Whether you are preparing to enter the field of CSI, or you want to improve your current skills and expertise, this intensive program is ideal. You receive intensive, in-depth exposure on the basics of forensic science; learn how to perform crime scene investigations; study crime scene management; and practice the technical skills required to sample, photograph and recover evidence at a crime scene. The 20-unit certificate program offers professional level instruction from industry professionals with real-world experience. Planned field trips include visits to local crime labs, coroner's office and the "Evening with the Experts" lecture series held in July.

What You'll Learn

  • How to perform crime scene investigations.
  • The basics of crime scene management, including the proper collection and preservation of evidence and chain-of-custody issues.
  • The technical skills to sample, photograph and recover evidence at a crime scene.

Completion Information

Completion Requirements

To earn the certificate, students must successfully complete (grade C or better) a total of 20 units.

Seventeen units can be completed during the CSI Summer Academy.

The 3-unit course, Introduction to Criminal Law and Procedure, is not part of the CSI Summer Academy, but is required to earn the certificate. The course can be taken at UCR Extension or the requirement for it can be satisfied with an equivalent course transferred from another accredited college or university (official transcripts required). You may complete this course either before or after the Summer Academy.

Completion Time

The summer academy can be completed in five weeks, July 6 - August 5, 2016.


Fee includes all materials, books, parking, transportation for field visits, and welcome and farewell receptions.

Reserve your place by paying a $500 deposit, with the balance due on or before July 1. Call Student Services at (951) 827-4105. (Deposit is nonrefundable after June 5.)

No refunds of any kind will be granted after July 1, 2016.

Academy Schedule

The 2016 Summer Academy daily schedule is currently being planned.

Additional Information

Required Equipment

Students are required to bring a camera to class. Learn more about required skills and equipment.


The program fee does not include accommodations. UCR Extension is conveniently located near a number of Riverside hotels. Learn more.

Contact Information

Jennifer Campbell
(951) 827-5804

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Contact Information

UC Riverside Extension Center
1200 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92507-4596

UCR Extension Center

Tel: Work(951) 827-4105 or Toll-Free(800) 442-4990 toll-free
Fax: Fax(951) 827-7273