Forensic Science - AAS

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Forensic Science provides the student with a specialization in forensic investigation as it relates to crime. The curriculum presents a specialized scope of knowledge about photography, collection and preservation of evidence, and investigative strategies. The program provides students with an important knowledge base for investigative specialization in a wide range of disciplines and careers. This degree pathway also provides students with the opportunity to complete two Certificates of Completion (CCL) in Crime Scene Investigation, and Fingerprint Identification and Photography.

Details

Major Code: 
3183
Award: 
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Total credits required: 
60-65
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

At Scottsdale...

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Program Check Sheet: 

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Description

The two-year AAS Degree in Forensic Science consists of 60 – 64 credits. This includes 16 – 18 core course credits, 15 – 23 emphasis course credits, 3 restrictive elective credits with the remainder consisting of general education courses to include English, communications, and math.  

Course Format

Classes are offered in a variety of formats: in-person, online, hybrid, day, evening, full-time and part-time.  

Program Length

It takes a minimum of two years as a full-time student to earn an AAS. This estimate does not include developmental education courses (courses under 100 level).  Certificates (CCLs) can be earned in a shorter time frame.  

Cost

The estimated cost of the AAS program is approximately $6,500 for Maricopa County residents. 

Textbooks

Most of our courses use low cost text books or no cost material provided by your instructors.  General education courses may have textbooks that cost more.

Program Curriculum

A degree progression plan, a suggested sequencing of classes, for an AAS in Justice Studies or Forensic Science is available.  These plans help students navigate the process to choose the correct classes to obtain the desired degree and/or certificates.  Your program director or advisor will help you with this process. 

Click on the link under “Check Sheets” for a semester by semester plan for your classes.  

Program Contacts

Walter Olsen
Justice Studies Program Director and Residential Faculty
Phone: (480) 423-6742
walter.olsen@scottsdalecc.edu

Katherine Stang
Forensic Science Program Coordinator
Phone: (480) 423-6270
katherine.stang@scottsdalecc.edu

Alexis Hale
Division Secretary
Phone: (480) 423-6599
alexis.hale@scottsdalecc.edu

Christina Nordstrom
Division Secretary
Phone: (480) 423-6273
christina.nordstrom@scottsdalecc.edu

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:31-41
AJS101Introduction to Criminal Justice3
AJS123Ethics and the Administration of Justice3
AJS275Criminal Investigation I3
AJS290BNCourtroom Testimony Seminar1
 
AJS215Criminalistics: Physical Evidence (3) OR
AJS219Crime Scene Technology: Physical Evidence (3) OR
FOR105Forensic Science: Physical Evidence (4)3-4
 
AJS216Criminalistics: Biological Evidence (3) OR
FOR106Forensic Science: Biological Evidence (4)3-4
 
Students should select courses from one of the following emphases based on career goals.
 
Crime Scene (15 credits)
AJS109Substantive Criminal Law3
AJS210Constitutional Law3
AJS213Evidence Technology/ Fingerprints3
AJS214Evidence Technology/Photography3
AJS260Procedural Criminal Law3
 
Lab Science (23 credits)
ASM/FOR275Forensic Anthropology4
CHM151General Chemistry I3
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory1
CHM152General Chemistry II3
CHM152LLGeneral Chemistry II Laboratory1
PHY111General Physics I4
PHY112General Physics II4
Any course with the HU, C and G general education designations (3) OR
Any course with the HU, C and H general education designations (3)3
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:3
Students must complete 3 credits of restricted electives.
 
Students interested in the Crime Scene Emphasis
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems (3) OR
BPC110Computer Usage and Applications (3) OR
AJS+++++Any AJS Administration of Justice Studies course not listed in the required courses area. (3)3
 
Students interested in the Lab Science Emphasis
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems (3) OR
BPC110Computer Usage and Applications (3)3
Free Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:0-10
Students must choose zero (0) to ten (10) additional credits of general elective courses. Total number of general electives required will largely depend upon emphasis selected.
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 12-24
 
General Education CoreCredits: 12-20
 
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
COM225Public Speaking3
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR Equivalent by assessment
 
MathematicsCredits: 3-8
For Crime Scene Emphasis
MAT140College Mathematics (5) OR
MAT141College Mathematics (4) OR
MAT142College Mathematics (3)
OR higher course with an [MA] general education designation3-5
 
For Lab Science Emphasis
MAT150College Algebra/Functions (5) OR
MAT151College Algebra/Functions (4) OR
MAT152College Algebra/Functions (3) AND
MAT182Plane Trigonometry (3) OR
MAT187Precalculus (5)
OR higher course with an [MA] general education designation3-8
 
General Education DistributionCredits: 0-4
 
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 0
Met by AJS123 in Required Courses area
 
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 0
Met by AJS101 in Required Courses area
 
Natural SciencesCredits: 0-4
Recommended Course for Crime Scene Emphasis:
CHM130Fundamental Chemistry (3) AND
CHM130LLFundamental Chemistry Laboratory (1) OR
CHM151General Chemistry I (3) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1) OR
FOR105Forensic Science: Physical Evidence (4) OR
FOR106Forensic Science: Biological Evidence (4)0-4
 
Lab Science Emphasis met by CHM151 and CHM151LL
Competencies
  • Synthesize multiple sources of information to make timely assessments. (AJS101, AJS123, AJS210, AJS213, AJS214, AJS215, AJS216, AJS219, AJS260, ASM/FOR275, AJS290BN, BPC110, [FYC], [MA], [SQ])
  • Solve problems through logical and sound reasoning. (AJS101, AJS109, AJS123, AJS210, AJS213, AJS214, AJS215, AJS216, AJS219, AJS260, ASM/FOR275, AJS290BN, BPC110, CIS105, [COM], [FYC], [MA], [SQ])
  • Communicate orally, visually and in writing precisely, appropriately, and effectively to varied audiences. (AJS101, AJS210, AJS213, AJS214, AJS215, AJS216, AJS219, AJS260, ASM/FOR275, AJS290BN, BPC110, CIS105, [COM], [FYC], [MA], [SQ])
  • Communicate in the language common to the criminal justice system. (AJS101, AJS109, AJS210, AJS215, AJS219, AJS213, AJS214, AJS216, AJS260, ASM/FOR275, AJS290BN, [COM], [FYC], [MA], [SQ])
  • Collaborate with diverse agencies, community representatives and individuals to achieve common goals. (AJS101, AJS123, AJS210, AJS213, AJS214, AJS215, AJS216, AJS219, AJS260, ASM/FOR275, AJS290BN, [COM], [FYC], [SQ])
  • Apply the principles and processes of criminal and constitutional law, criminology theory, knowledge of the functions and components of the criminal justice system, and current issues to criminal justice operations. (AJS101, AJS109, AJS123, AJS210, AJS213, AJS214, AJS215, AJS216, AJS219, AJS260, ASM/FOR275, AJS290BN, [FYC], [MA], [SQ])
  • Utilize technology to collect, analyze and communicate data. (AJS101, AJS210, AJS213, AJS214, AJS215, AJS216, AJS219, AJS260, ASM/FOR275, AJS290BN, BPC110, CIS105, [COM], [FYC], [MA], [SQ])
  • Practice professional standards appropriate to the field of criminal justice. (AJS101, AJS109, AJS123, AJS210, AJS213, AJS214, AJS215, AJS216, AJS219, AJS260, ASM/FOR275, AJS290BN, [COM], [FYC], [SQ])
  • Subscribe to and practice ethical behavior appropriate to the field of criminal justice. (AJS101, AJS109, AJS210, AJS213, AJS214, AJS215, AJS216, AJS219, AJS260, ASM/FOR275, AJS290BN, [FYC], [MA], [SQ])
  • Collect, identify, classify, and analyze physical evidence related to criminal investigations. (AJS101, AJS213, AJS214, AJS215, AJS216, AJS219, ASM/FOR275, AJS290BN, [FYC], [MA], [SQ])

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate information about this degree or certificate. However, the information above represents current requirements for the academic year and may change as the result of the curricular process. This course list does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.