Administration of Justice: Crime Scene Investigator

Associate in Science
Career/Technical (Major Code: B2705)

Students with an interest in the field of criminal justice, but with a particular interest in science and evidence collection, are encouraged to pursue the Crime Scene Investigator associate in science degree. This program was designed to prepare interested persons for careers as field evidence technicians. Persons engaged in this vocational area aid investigators at crime scenes. Specifically, they locate, collect, and analyze evidence. Typically, they work with field investigators in the course of criminal or civil investigations.

The Crime Scene Investigator associate in science degree satisfies entry-level job requirements in the area of forensics. Students interested in careers in this area should be aware that some practical experience is usually required prior to paid employment. This is a technical field requiring a combination of education and practical experience. Many students find it helpful, if not necessary, to volunteer at crime laboratories and police agencies in order to gain the requisite experience.

Program Student Learning Outcome Statement

  • Demonstrate ability to observe objectively and to collect data and facts in order to make an informed judgment.
Program Requirements
AJ 111INTRODUCTION TO ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE3
AJ 151CONCEPTS OF CRIMINAL LAW3
AJ 156LEGAL ASPECTS OF EVIDENCE3
AJ 166PRINCIPLES OF INVESTIGATION4
AJ 167WRITTEN COMMUNICATION IN ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE3
AJ 171EVIDENCE TECHNOLOGY4
AJ 216LATENT FINGERPRINT EXAMINER4
AJ 222DIGITAL FORENSIC PHOTOGRAPHY4
BIOL 100PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY3
BIOL 101PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY LABORATORY1
CHEM 100INTRODUCTION TO GENERAL CHEMISTRY4
Total Units36
Recommended Electives
ANTH 101BIOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY3
BIOL 260HUMAN ANATOMY4
CAD 220INTRO TO CAD/CAM SYSTEMS3
PHIL 103LOGIC AND CRITICAL THINKING3
TELE 100FUNDAMENTALS OF FILM AND VIDEO CAMERAS AND RECORDERS2

To earn an associate degree, additional general education and graduation requirements must be completed.