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Program Overview

Forensic Science is a concentration under the curriculum of Criminal Justice Technology. This curriculum is designed to provide knowledge of forensic science systems and operations: Study will focus on local, state, and federal law enforcement, evidence processing and procedures.

Students will learn both theory and hands-on analysis of forensic science. They will learn fingerprint classification, identification, and chemical development. Students will record, cast, and recognize footwear and tire-tracks; and process crime scenes. Issues and concepts of communications and the use of computers and computer assisted design programs in crime scene technology will be discussed.

Image. Now Registering Spring Classes. Deadline is December 23, 2020. Classes start Janruary 6, 2021.

Employment Opportunities:

Graduates should qualify for employment in a variety of criminal justice organizations especially in local, state, and federal law enforcement, and correctional agencies.

Program Contacts:

Mary Burton

Lead Instructor - Criminal Justice / Latent Evidence

Degree Curriculum

Fall Semester

ACA-111 College Student Success 1
OR
ACA-122 College Transfer Success 1
CIS-110 Introduction to Computers 3
CJC-111 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CJC-112 Criminology 3
ENG-111 Writing and Inquiry 3
OR
ENG-110 Freshman Composition 3
MAT-110 Mathematical Measurement and Literacy 3
OR
MAT-143 Quantitative Literacy 3
OR
MAT-152 Statistical Methods I 4

Spring Semester

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
CJC-113 Juvenile Justice 3
CJC-131 Criminal Law 3
CJC-144 Crime Scene Processing 3
ENG-114 Professional Research & Reporting 3
OR
ENG-112 Writing and Research in the Disciplines 3
OR
ENG-115 Oral Communication 3
PSY-150 General Psychology 3

Fall Semester

CJC-115 Crime Scene Photography 3
CJC-132 Court Procedure & Evidence 3
CJC-146 Trace Evidence 3
CJC-212 Ethics & Community Relations 3
CJC-231 Constitutional Law 3
CJC-245 Friction Ridge Analysis 3

Spring Semester

CJC-221 Investigative Principles 4
CJC-222 Criminalistics 3
CJC-232 Civil Liability 3
CJC-246 Advanced Friction Ridge Analysis 3
PSY-231 Forensic Psychology 3

Total credits needed to graduate: 69 Hours

Certificate Curriculum

Fall Semester

CJC-115 Crime Scene Photography 3
CJC-146 Trace Evidence 3
CJC-245 Friction Ridge Analysis 3

Spring Semester

CJC-144 Crime Scene Processing 3
CJC-222 Criminalistics 3
CJC-246 Advanced Friction Ridge Analysis 3

Total credits needed to graduate: 18 Hours

These courses offered at the Elkin Center Crime Lab: CJC 115, CJC 144, CJC 146, CJC 222, CJC 245, and CJC 246.

This certificate is offered to high school students through the Career and College Promise program (C5518CX).

Learning Outcomes

Criminal Justice Technology, Forensic Science Concentration students will:

  • Research, reconstruct, analyze, and investigate crime scenes.
  • Search, collect, analyze, and interpret trace evidence from crime scenes.
  • Interpret evidence and analyze potential motives to develop theories in criminal investigation.
  • Conduct professional criminal investigations and assist in their successful prosecution in a criminal court.
  • Exhibit ethical behavior and adhere to professional codes of conduct in criminal evidence collection, analysis, and interpretation.

Program Costs

Degree In-State Out-of-State
Tuition and Fees $4,700.00 $15,000.00
Books and Supplies $2,100.00 $2,100.00
Total Cost $6,800.00 $17,100.00

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Program Facts

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The BLET program at SCC has instructors from various law enforcement agencies, which allows the students to explore different agencies and what that particular agency can offer,

Angie Key

Class of 1997,
Associate Degree in Criminal Justice Technology

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