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2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog

Forensic Studies - Forensic Police Science (A.A.S.)

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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.

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

Graduation Requirements

See Academic Regulations for college-wide Graduation Requirements .

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.).

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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

Students must satisfy the Technology Requirement. Can be satisfied by CTP 103  (recommended) or by CLEP exam.

Wellness Requirement

Satisfied by HEA 150  or EMT 104 .

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 investigations.
  2. Write concise and effective reports that reflect a working knowledge of forensic science.
  3. Communicate concepts and theories about forensic science both verbally and in writing.
  4. Gather, analyze, preserve, and interpret information, artifacts and evidence.
  5. Use scientific methods to solve problems in criminal investigations.
  6. Describe the criminal justice system and the rules of evidence.
  7. Articulate ethical and professional standards of conduct and performance.
  8. Identify diversity and human rights issues pertaining to the legal system.
  9. Use technology to gather, compose, appraise and apply information.

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.

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