Crime Scene Investigation

Crime Scene Investigation - CCL

MCCCD Program and Award Information
Effective term: 
2016 Spring
Final term: 
2019 Summer
Total credits required: 
CIP Code: 
Course sequence
Suggested Course Plan Sequenced by Semester: PC, SC

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Crime Scene Investigation is designed to develop knowledge and skills required to investigate and reconstruct crime scenes using scientific evidence and logical analysis. The program provides instruction in criminal investigation procedures, collection and preservation of physical and biological evidence, death investigation techniques, crime scene reconstruction methodology and presentation of testimony in court.

Award notes

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

Admission criteria


Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
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
AJS223Forensic Pathology: Death Investigation3
AJS243Crime Scene Reconstruction3
AJS275Criminal Investigation I3
AJS290BNCourtroom Testimony Seminar1
  • Identify and explain the problems related to the preservation of evidence and the chain of evidence. (AJS215, AJS216, AJS219, FOR105, FOR106).
  • Identify and use appropriate scientific methods to investigate, recognize, collect and preserve various types of physical evidence. (AJS215, AJS219, FOR105)
  • Identify and use appropriate scientific methods to investigate, recognize, collect and preserve various types of biological evidence. (AJS216, FOR106)
  • Identify and describe major causes and manners of various types of natural and unnatural deaths. (AJS/FOR223)
  • Explain the uses of forensic anthropology, forensic odontology, forensic serology, forensic DNA analysis and forensic toxicology in death investigation and crime scene reconstruction. (AJS/FOR223, AJS243)
  • 6 Describe the components and procedures used in the forensic autopsy and its value in crime scene reconstruction. (AJS/FOR223, AJS243)
  • Describe, explain and apply the process of event analysis. (AJS243)
  • Identify and describe the theory and practice of criminal investigation, including crime scene procedures, interviewing, case preparation and basic investigation techniques. (AJS275)
  • Describe proper courtroom demeanor and behavior and explain the role and function of the witness and legal counsel in a courtroom. (AJS290BN)