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2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Forensic Science, A.S.

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Associate of Science | FORS.AS | Transfer Program
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Program Description

The Associate of Science degree in Forensic Science provides the foundation for students who plan to pursue a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in forensic science. The program combines a science curriculum with hands-on experience in the collection, processing, and analysis of physical evidence in criminal cases. The incorporation of physical science, criminal investigation, and the law provides a comprehensive understanding of the evidentiary process. Students learn investigative techniques and data analysis coupled with critical-thinking, verbal, and written communication skills that are essential for the constantly evolving forensic science disciplines. Before registering for forensic science courses, students, including those with bachelors or advanced degrees, should consult with program faculty or an academic adviser, and should also check with the four-year institution to which they plan to transfer. Individuals with a bachelor’s degree may work as crime scene technicians or laboratory examiners for federal, state, or local law enforcement agencies, or private crime laboratories.

Graduates of the Forensic Science A.S. will be able to:

  • Analyze the United States criminal justice system, criminal laws, and the rules of evidence
  • Analyze the role of the crime scene technician and the forensic scientist in criminal investigations
  • Document, collect, and preserve physical evidence from a crime scene
  • Apply the scientific method and basic principles of the biological and physical sciences in the analysis of evidence and to legal concepts and cases

General Education Courses

The list of general education courses appears in the General Education List . Some programs recommend or require specific courses to fulfill general education requirements. Please check your program’s sequence of study for this information.

Sequence of Study - Forensic Science A.S.

Below are the required courses for your program arranged in a suggested sequence. Please note that the sequence does not  include developmental coursework. See Academic Preparation  for the developmental course sequence if applicable to you.

1st Semester

Total: 13 Credits

2nd Semester

Total: 16 Credits

3rd Semester

Total: 15 Credits

4th Semester

Total: 16 Credits

Program Total: 60 Credits

Asterisk (*) denotes a general education course.

Double asterisk (**) denotes a course that is an institutional requirement.


Credit earned at any public institution in the state shall be transferable to any other institution if the:

  • Credit is from a college or university parallel course or program;
  • Grades in the block of courses transferred average 2.00 or higher; and
  • Acceptance of the credit is consistent with the policies of the receiving institution governing students following the  same program. Refer to ARTSYS at and the receiving institution’s catalog to select transferable courses.

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