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Purpose: The curriculum is structured to provide an introduction to the basics of forensic investigation for students seriously considering this highly specialized field.
In-service students are offered an opportunity to gain necessary educational credentials to assist them in achieving career development and promotional goals. The curriculum still retains enough general law enforcement education courses to be of benefit to pre-service students interested in entry-level law enforcement positions at the municipal, county, and state levels.
Occupational Objectives: Criminal Investigator (in-service students) • Evidence Technician (in-service students) • Police Officer • Police & Sheriff’s Patrol Officer • Private Detective and Investigator • Police Detective
Admission Requirements: In addition to the admission requirements for the college, placement testing is required before entering this program. Students who are deficient will be required to correct their deficiencies in developmental courses.
Program Requirements: More than one half of the Forensic Science curriculum is composed of general Administration of Justice and specialized Forensic Science classes. Students will be provided with some hands-on practical applications of basic forensic analytical techniques. The remaining course work will be in the area of general education requirements and electives.
Students who complete the curriculum may transfer many of the credits to a four-year college or university toward a degree in Forensic Science or related field. Students are urged to consult with their faculty advisor for the purpose of program planning and selection of appropriate courses.
Upon completion of the program requirements, students will be awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree in Forensic Science.
Students who plan to transfer to a four-year college after completing A.A.S. degree requirements should inform their academic advisors at the beginning of studies to determine the appropriate courses to meet transfer requirements.
For more information about this program, visit the department website.