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.
3041 Associate in Applied Science (AAS) - Forensic Science
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.
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.
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.
Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses within the program.
|Course #||Course Title||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|
|Course #||Course Title||Credits|
|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|
|General Education Requirement||Credits: 15-17|
|General Education Core||Credits: 15-17|
|First-Year Composition||Credits: 6|
|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||Credits: 3|
|Critical Reading||Credits: 3|
|CRE101||College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR|
|Equivalent by assessment|
|MAT182||Trigonometry (3) OR|
|General Education Distribution||Credits: 0|
|Humanities and Fine Arts||Credits: 0|
|Met by AJS123 in Required Courses area|
|Social and Behavioral Sciences||Credits: 0|
|Met by AJS101 in Required Courses area|
|Natural Sciences||Credits: 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)