Forensic Science: Crime Lab

Forensic Science: Crime Lab - AAS

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.  

Program Codes

3041 Associate in Applied Science (AAS) - Forensic Science

Course Format

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

How long will it take?

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.  


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


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 “Program Progression Plans” for a semester by semester plan for your classes.  

MCCCD Program and Award Information
Effective term: 
2006 Spring
Final term: 
2019 Summer
Total credits required: 
CIP Code: 

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.

Award notes

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

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
AJS101Introduction to Criminal Justice3
AJS123Ethics and the Administration of Justice3
AJS216Criminalistics: Biological Evidence3
AJS215Criminalistics: Physical Evidence (3) OR
AJS219Crime Scene Technology: Physical Evidence (3) OR
FOR105Forensic Science: Physical Evidence (4)3-4
AJS275Criminal Investigation I3
AJS290BNCourtroom Testimony Seminar1
PHY111General Physics I4
PHY112General Physics II4
CHM151General Chemistry I3
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory1
CHM154General Chemistry II with Qualitative Analysis3
CHM154LLGeneral Chemistry II with Qualitative Analysis Laboratory2
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
CHM130Fundamental Chemistry3
CHM130LLFundamental Chemistry Laboratory1
MAT120Intermediate Algebra (5) OR
MAT121Intermediate Algebra (4) OR
MAT122Intermediate Algebra (3)3-5
MAT150College Algebra/Functions (5) OR
MAT151College Algebra/Functions (4) OR
MAT152College 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
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 15-17
General Education CoreCredits: 15-17
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: 3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent by assessment
MathematicsCredits: 3-5
MAT182Trigonometry (3) OR
MAT187Precalculus (5)
General Education DistributionCredits: 0
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
Met by PHY111 or PHY112 or CHM151/151LL, or CHM154/154LL in Required Courses area
  • Identify and describe the organization, operation, and jurisdiction of local, state, and federal law enforcement, including judicial and corrections systems. (AJS101)
  • Explain the basic operation of the court system and the basic rules of evidence admissibility. (AJS101)
  • Analyze ethical theory, concepts, issues and practices as they relate to various components of the criminal justice system in modern times. (AJS123)
  • Identify and explain the problems related to the preservation of evidence and the chain of evidence. (AJS216, AJS215 or AJS219 or FOR105)
  • Identify and use appropriate scientific methods to investigate, recognize, collect and preserve various types of biological evidence. (AJS216)
  • Identify and use appropriate scientific methods to investigate, recognize, collect and preserve various types of physical evidence. (AJS215 or AJS219 or FOR105)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Describe and apply principles, concepts and procedures of basic chemistry to crime scene and lab investigation tasks. (CHM151, CHM151LL)
  • Describe and apply principles, concepts and procedures of qualitative analysis to crime lab investigation tasks. (CHM154, CHM154LL)