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Forensic Studies - Forensic Scientist (A.A.S.)

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Title of Major: Forensic Studies - Forensic Scientist, A.A.S.

Award: Associate of Applied Science, A.A.S.

Total Credit Hours: 60

About the 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.

  • Consultant
  • Crime laboratory assistant
  • Detective
  • Federal police officer
  • Fire investigator
  • Mobile crime unit assistant
  • Police officer
  • Private investigation agencies

Honors Program Courses

If you qualify for the Honors Program, you may take honors versions  of some courses (such as ENG 101H , ENG 102H , etc.).

Graduation Requirements

See Academic Regulations for college-wide Graduation Requirements .

Planning Tool: Two-Year Sequence of Courses


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General Education Requirements: 24 credits

An approved list of general education courses can be found in the General Education and Diversity, Technology and Wellness Requirements  section of the catalog. Choose general education courses from the following topics:

English Composition: 6 credits

Biological and Physical Sciences: 3 credits

See General Education Biological and Physical Sciences Requirements  for a list of approved courses.​

Mathematics: 3 credits

Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 credits

Additional General Education Requirements: 6 credits

Area of Concentration Requirements: 22 credits

Diversity Requirement

Satisfied by SOC 111 . 

Technology Requirement

May be satisfied by CTP 103 .

Wellness Requirement

Unless they are in a degree that is exempt, all students in associate degree programs must satisfy the Wellness 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.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

1. Apply analytical and critical thinking skills in the context of criminal, civil and administrative investigations.

2. Implement forensic laboratory techniques.

3. Apply the law in gathering, analyzing, preserving, and interpreting evidence.

4. Demonstrate ethical and professional standards of conduct and performance.

5. Integrate forensic applications with diversity issues, civil liberties, and constitutional rights.

6. Use technology and forensic analysis methods to gather, compose, appraise, and interpret evidence.

This program aligns with the college’s core competencies.

Related Offerings

Students may wish to also review requirements for the related majors or programs linked below.

Career and Educational Advancement Resources


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