Feb 08, 2023
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 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.
- Correctional officer
- Crime laboratory assistant
- Federal police officer
- Fire investigator
- Mobile crime unit assistant
- Police officer
- Private investigator
Planning Tool: Two-Year Sequence of Courses
English Composition: 6 credits
Arts and Humanities: 3 credits
Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 credits
Additional General Education Requirements: 6 credits
- Technology Requirement 3 credit hours
CTP 103 is recommended. This requirement can also be met by CLEP exam. See General Education Technology Requirements for list of additional approved courses.
- Wellness Requirement 3 credit hours
Must choose from:
Program Requirements: 14 credits
Area of Concentration Requirements: 22 credits
Satisfied by SOC 111 .
Students must satisfy the Technology Requirement. Can be satisfied by CTP 103 (recommended) or by CLEP exam.
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.
- Use scientific methods to solve problems in criminal investigations.
- 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.
Students may wish to also review requirements for the related majors or programs linked below.
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