May 15, 2021
Title of Major: Forensic Studies - Forensic Police Science, A.A.S.
Award: Associate of Applied Science degree, A.A.S.
Total Credit Hours: 60
About Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Institute
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.
Additional Program Requirements
Students are expected to participate with their advisor in tailoring a mix of electives that will satisfy their own needs with respect to immediate and long-term employment.
Range of Occupations
Employment in criminal justice agencies that utilize forensics as an investigative tool.
- Correctional officer
- Crime laboratory assistant
- Federal police officer
- Fire investigator
- Juvenile justice counselor
- Mobile crime unit assistant
- Police officer
- Private investigator
Planning Tool: Two-Year Sequence of Courses
Arts and Humanities: 3 credits
Biological and Physical Sciences: 4 credits
Biological and Physical Sciences, Computer Technology, or Mathematics: 3 credits
See General Education Requirements for a list of approved courses.
Health/Fitness/Wellness: 3 credits
Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 credits
Program Requirements: 14 credits
Area of Concentration Requirements: 21-24 credits
Computer Competency Requirement
All students in associate degree programs must demonstrate competence in computing and information technology (a computer competency requirement ). Students may satisfy the computer competency course requirement simultaneously as they satisfy the computer technology general education course or with an elective.
All students in associate degree programs must satisfy the diversity requirement. In many cases, students may satisfy this requirement simultaneously as they satisfy a general education course requirement or with an elective.
Fast Track Option
This program has a Fast Track Option for those holding a college degree.
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Apply analytical and critical thinking skills in the context of criminal investigations.
- Write concise and effective reports that reflect a working knowledge of forensic science.
- Communicate concepts and theories about forensic science both verbally and in writing.
- Gather, analyze, preserve, and interpret information, artifacts and evidence.
- Conduct scientific measures and experiments that produce expected results.
- Document and describe scientific processes.
- Use scientific methods to solve problems in criminal investigations.
- Demonstrate sound laboratory skills, meeting scientific standards of precision and care.
- Describe the criminal justice system and the rules of evidence.
- Articulate ethical and professional standards of conduct and performance.
- Identify diversity and human rights issues pertaining to the legal system.
- Use technology to gather, compose, appraise and apply information.
This program aligns with the college’s core competencies.
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