Forensic Science

The Forensic Science (FOR) program prepares students for a career in the criminal justice industry, enhance the skills of those already employed within it, offer non-criminal justice students interesting courses to incorporate into their degree programs, and provide others with courses to take for personal enrichment.

Here at Scottsdale Community College (SCC) we accomplish these goals by offering a two-year Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in both Administration of Justice Studies and Forensic Science. We also offer eight different Certificates of Completion (CCL) to include Law Enforcement, Victimology, Legal Studies, Corrections, Crime Scene Technology, Homeland Security, Fingerprint & Photography, and Justice Studies.

Program Code

3183 Associate in Applied Science (AAS) - Forensic Science

Other Degree Options

3181 Associate in Applied Science (AAS) - Administration of Justice Studies

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Program Contacts

Walter Olsen
Justice Studies Program Director and Residential Faculty
Phone: (480) 423-6742

Katherine Stang
Forensic Science Program Coordinator
Phone: (480) 423-6270

Alexis Hale
Division Secretary
Phone: (480) 423-6599

Christina Nordstrom
Division Secretary
Phone: (480) 423-6273

Transfer Options

Transfer of credits may vary depending on the institution. Contact an Academic Advisor, the AJS Program Director, or the Forensic Science Program Coordinator for more information on credit transfer.

Career Outlook

Finding good employment can be a “competitive sport.” It can be challenging to find a job you enjoy that also includes fair compensation and valuable benefits. Pursuing your education and training at Scottsdale Community College is a move in the right direction. The Bureau of Labor & Statistics estimates that jobs in the Criminal Justice industry will increase over the next 10 years. Earning a certificate or a degree provides graduates a competitive edge in their pursuit of a criminal justice career.

Graduates are prepared to work in:

  • Policing
  • Corrections and Detention
  • Crime Scene Technician
  • Courts - Bailiff or Support Staff
  • 911 Call-taker & Radio Dispatcher
  • Security
  • Enter the workforce

Representative job titles & median annual wages:

  • Police Officer ($61,050)
  • Correctional Officer & Bailiff ($43,510)
  • Probation Officer ** ($51,410)
  • Private Detective & Investigator ($51,400)
  • Communications Dispatcher, Support Staff ($37,690)
  • Forensic Science Technicians** ($57,850)
  • Federal Agent** ($79,970)

** May require additional degrees, certifications and/or education.

Source: Bureau of Labor and Statistics, US Dept of Labor