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Forensic Studies, Forensic Scientist Track, A.A.S.

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Total Credit Hours: 60 credit hours.

Purpose: Prepares students for careers in the area of criminal investigation and forensic science. Provides students with an educational opportunity to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in forensic studies and is a transfer program for students planning to pursue a bachelor degree in forensic science at another college or university. Prepares students with a continuous and thorough accumulation of knowledge in the field of criminal justice and forensic science. 

Range of Occupations

Employment in criminal justice agencies that utilize forensics as an investigative tool.

  • Consultant
  • Correctional officer
  • Crime laboratory assistant
  • Detective
  • Federal police officer
  • Fire investigator
  • Juvenile justice counselor
  • Mobile crime unit assistant
  • Paralegals
  • Police officer
  • Private investigation agencies

Occupations can be explored further through the virtual Careers Center.

Planning Tool: Two-Year Sequence of Courses

AACC faculty developed the following sequence of courses to encourage greater success in each student’s program of study.  This sequence incorporates all of the student’s requirements for this degree and provides the student with essential notes to guide their success.  It is recommended that students view and save this as they plan courses for this degree.

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Degree/Graduation Requirements

Degree Requirements

Students are expected to participate with their adviser in tailoring a mix of electives that will satisfy their own needs with respect to immediate and long-term employment.

General Education Requirements: 23-26 credits

An approved list of general education courses can be found in the General Education Requirements and degree program required courses  section of the catalog. Choose general education courses from the following topics:

English: 3-6 credits

Biological and Physical Sciences: 4 credits

Computer Technology: 4 credits

See General Education Computer Technology Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Health/Fitness/Wellness: 3 credits

Mathematics: 3 credits

Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 credits

Program Requirements: 34-37 credits

Related Educational Opportunities

Continuing Education and Workforce Development Offerings

Additional courses, credentials and/or certifications may be available through the AACC School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development.

Transfer Agreements

Agreements may exist for this program of study. To access agreements, go to www.aacc.edu/transfer and then click on “Articulations.”

Additional Requirements

Computer Competency Requirement

See General Education Computing Competency Requirement  for a list of approved courses. Students may satisfy the computer competency requirement simultaneously with the Computer Technology requirement.

Diversity Requirement

Satisfied by SOC 111  requirement.

Fast Track Option

This program has a Fast Track Option  for those holding a college degree.

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