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Collect and analyze evidence. Crack the case. 

As an SFA criminal justice student, you’ll do more than listen to lectures. You’ll put your investigative skills to use in a variety of hands-on learning activities, including our simulated crime scene field exercises.

During our crime scene simulations, you’ll work with a team of other students to solve simulated robberies, home invasions and other types of crimes. You’ll also learn the basics of scene investigation, including

  • securing and protecting the scene
  • gathering and analyzing scientific evidence 
  • lifting latent fingerprints using powder and tape, and
  • measuring and sketching the area.

Requirements and prerequisites

To participate in a simulated crime scene field exercise, students must be pursuing a major or minor in criminal justice and must be enrolled in one of the following courses:

  • CJS 201 - Criminal Investigation
  • CJS 375 - Survey of Forensic Science

All participants receive both a team grade and an individual grade based on their work and participation. 


Department of Government

Dugas Liberal Arts North
Room 124

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13045, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962