Forensic Science

Forensic Science: Crime Lab - AAS

Effective term: 
2006 Spring
Final term: 
2019 Summer
Total credits required: 

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.

Program notes

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

AJS101Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
AJS123Ethics and the Administration of Justice 3
AJS216Criminalistics: Biological Evidence 3
AJS215Criminalistics: Physical Evidence (3) OR
AJS219Crime Scene Technology: Physical Evidence (3) OR
FOR105Forensic Science: Physical Evidence (4) 3-4
AJS275Criminal Investigation I 3
AJS290BNCourtroom Testimony Seminar 1
PHY111General Physics I 4
PHY112General Physics II 4
CHM151General Chemistry I 3
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory 1
CHM154General Chemistry II with Qualitative Analysis 3
CHM154LLGeneral Chemistry II with Qualitative Analysis Laboratory 2
Restricted Electives
CHM130Fundamental Chemistry 3
CHM130LLFundamental Chemistry Laboratory 1
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
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 Speaking 3
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
  1. Identify and describe the organization, operation, and jurisdiction of local, state, and federal law enforcement, including judicial and corrections systems. (AJS101)
  2. Explain the basic operation of the court system and the basic rules of evidence admissibility. (AJS101)
  3. Analyze ethical theory, concepts, issues and practices as they relate to various components of the criminal justice system in modern times. (AJS123)
  4. Identify and explain the problems related to the preservation of evidence and the chain of evidence. (AJS216, AJS215 or AJS219 or FOR105)
  5. Identify and use appropriate scientific methods to investigate, recognize, collect and preserve various types of biological evidence. (AJS216)
  6. Identify and use appropriate scientific methods to investigate, recognize, collect and preserve various types of physical evidence. (AJS215 or AJS219 or FOR105)
  7. Identify and describe the theory and practice of criminal investigation, including crime scene procedures, interviewing, case preparation and basic investigation techniques. (AJS275)
  8. Describe proper courtroom demeanor and behavior and explain the role and function of the witness and legal counsel in a courtroom. (AJS290BN)
  9. 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)
  10. Describe and apply principles, concepts and procedures of basic chemistry to crime scene and lab investigation tasks. (CHM151, CHM151LL)
  11. Describe and apply principles, concepts and procedures of qualitative analysis to crime lab investigation tasks. (CHM154, CHM154LL)