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AAS - Forensic Science: Crime Lab

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Forensic Science: Crime Lab prepares students for employment in forensic crime labs as assistants to crime lab criminalists and provides the first half of a four-year undergraduate program of study designed to prepare students as crime lab criminalists. The program combines crime scene technology and criminal justice courses with general education courses and additional math, physics and chemistry courses.
Major Code: 3041
Award: AAS
First Term: 4062
Total Credits: 60-65
Program Last Updated in MCCCD Records: Jan 22nd, 2010
Prerequesites: None
Required Courses: 33-34 credits
AJS101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
AJS123 Ethics and the Administration of Justice 3
AJS216 Criminalistics: Biological Evidence 3
AJS215 Criminalistics: Physical Evidence (3) OR
AJS219 Crime Scene Technology: Physical Evidence (3) OR
FOR105 Forensic Science: Physical Evidence (4) 3-4
AJS275 Criminal Investigation I 3
AJS290BN Courtroom Testimony Seminar 1
PHY111 General Physics I 4
PHY112 General Physics II 4
CHM151 General Chemistry I 3
CHM151LL General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
CHM154 General Chemistry II with Qualitative Analysis 3
CHM154LL General Chemistry II with Qualitative Analysis Laboratory 2
Restricted Electives: 12-14 credits
CHM130 Fundamental Chemistry 3
CHM130LL Fundamental Chemistry Laboratory 1
MAT120 Intermediate Algebra (5) OR
MAT121 Intermediate Algebra (4) OR
MAT122 Intermediate Algebra (3) 3-5
MAT150 College Algebra/Functions (5) OR
MAT151 College Algebra/Functions (4) OR
MAT152 College Algebra/Functions (3) 3-5
Any AJS, BIO, CHM, MAT or Foreign Language Courses. Recommended courses
include AJS213, AJS214, AJS223, AJS242, BIO181/182, or CHM235/235LL. 1-12
Free Electives: None
General Education Requirement: 15-17 credits
General Education Core: 15-17 credits
First Year Composition: 6 credits
ENG101 First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107 First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102 First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108 First-Year Composition for ESL (3)
Oral Communication: 3 credits
COM225 Public Speaking
Critical Reading: 3 credits
CRE101 Critical and Evaluative Reading I (3) OR
Equivalent by assessment
Mathematics: 3-5 credits
MAT182 Trigonometry (3) OR
MAT187 Precalculus (5)
General Education Distributed Credits: None
Humanities and Fine Arts: None
Social and Behavioral Sciences: None
Natural Sciences: None
Program Competencies:
  1. Identify and describe the organization, operation, and jurisdiction of local, state, and federal law enforcement, including judicial and corrections systems. (AJS101)
  2. Explain the basic operation of the court system and the basic rules of evidence admissibility. (AJS101)
  3. Analyze ethical theory, concepts, issues and practices as they relate to various components of the criminal justice system in modern times. (AJS123)
  4. Identify and explain the problems related to the preservation of evidence and the chain of evidence. (AJS216, AJS215 or AJS219 or FOR105)
  5. Identify and use appropriate scientific methods to investigate, recognize, collect and preserve various types of biological evidence. (AJS216)
  6. Identify and use appropriate scientific methods to investigate, recognize, collect and preserve various types of physical evidence. (AJS215 or AJS219 or FOR105)
  7. Identify and describe the theory and practice of criminal investigation, including crime scene procedures, interviewing, case preparation and basic investigation techniques. (AJS275)
  8. Describe proper courtroom demeanor and behavior and explain the role and function of the witness and legal counsel in a courtroom. (AJS290BN)
  9. Explain the methods of scientific inquiry and the behavior of matter and energy in physical systems as they relate to crime lab investigation tasks. (PHY111, PHY112)
  10. Describe and apply principles, concepts and procedures of basic chemistry to crime scene and lab investigation tasks. (CHM151, CHM151LL)
  11. Describe and apply principles, concepts and procedures of qualitative analysis to crime lab investigation tasks. (CHM154, CHM154LL)