"Forensic Investigation" is quite different from "Forensic Science". First of all, the term "forensic science" refers to the application of science to civil and/or criminal law, through the use of the scientific method. Generally speaking, typically, forensic science refers to the forensic analysis of physical evidence. However, there is also a necessity for individuals in the field (police officers, evidence technicians, investigators, etc.) to have knowledge of scientific principles as a prerequisite to applying on-scene processing techniques.

The forensic investigation curriculum will expose the student through practical and theoretical study to the application of science within the investigative process. Students will explore the role that science plays in recognizing, documenting, collecting, and preserving physical evidence at crime scenes, and how this evidence is evaluated within a courtroom setting. The forensic investigation major will emphasize to students the historical evolution of investigative techniques, such as: fingerprint classification and development, bloodstain pattern analysis, crime scene mapping, medico-legal investigation, and scientific crime scene investigation, as well as the terminology associated with each.