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Crime Scene Technology AS

Crime Scene Technology Overview (2435)

Type of Award

AS - Associate in Science

Program Website

www.palmbeachstate.edu/career-pathways/pathway-publicsafety.aspx

Program Description

This degree program will prepare the student to operate behind the yellow crime scene tape. Crime scene technologists locate, collect, and identify physical evidence used to solve crimes. The student will learn how to properly collect and preserve physical evidence, how to photograph crime scenes and how to reconstruct crime scenes and vehicle accidents.

Course content includes crime scene photography, fingerprint classification, crime scene safety and biological evidence.

Program Learning Outcomes

For detailed information, visit: www.palmbeachstate.edu/learningoutcomes/Program-Learning-Outcomes

Admission Requirements

Students must:

Completion Requirements

Students must successfully complete all courses listed in the catalog for this program.

Program Length

The program can be finished in two years if you attend full-time or three years if you attend part-time.

Location

The program is offered at the Lake Worth campus.

For More Information

Ed Richard, richarde@PalmBeachState.edu, (561) 868-3773

Employment Opportunities

Upon completion of the program, you may seek employment as a crime scene investigator or evidence technician for law enforcement agencies, medical examiner’s office, legal firms, the insurance industry or private forensic labs. Forensic science technicians (crime scene) investigate crimes by collecting and analyzing physical evidence. Often, they specialize in areas such as DNA analysis or firearm examination, performing tests on weapons or on substances such as fiber, glass, hair, tissue and body fluids to determine their significance to the investigation.

Career Path Notes

Courses from this program may transfer into Palm Beach State’s Bachelor of Applied Science program in Supervision and Management. For more information, visit: www.palmbeachstate.edu/Bachelors

In addition, courses from this program may transfer to other colleges and universities that allow students to transfer into a four-year program. For more information, contact the college or university to which you wish to transfer.

Career Center

www.palmbeachstate.edu/Career

For more information about employment opportunities, including job outlook and salary information, visit: Occupational Outlook Handbook: www.bls.gov/ooh

O-Net Online: www.onetonline.org

Required courses:

General Education (Credits: 18)

ENC1101College Composition 1 (AA)

3 Credits

ENC1102College Composition 2 (AA)

3 Credits

Any course from Humanities - Area II

3 credits

Any course from Mathematics - Area III

3 credits

POS1041Introduction to American Government (AA)

3 Credits

SPC1017Fundamentals of Speech Communication (AA)

3 Credits

Required Courses (Credits: 18)

CCJ1010Introduction to Criminology (AA)

3 Credits

CCJ1020Administration of Criminal Justice (AA)

3 Credits

Or

CCJ1618Criminal Psychology (AA)

3 Credits

CGS1100Microcomputer Applications (AA)

3 Credits

CJB2713Introduction to Forensic Science (AA)

3 Credits

CJE1300Police Administration 1 (AA)

3 Credits

CJL2100Criminal Law (AA)

3Credits

Core Program Requirements (Credits: 28)

CJB1465Injury and Death Investigation (AS)

3 Credits

CJB1711Introduction to Crime Scene Technology (AS)

3 Credits

CJB1712Crime Scene Photography 1 (AS)

3 Credits

CJB1721Advanced Crime Scene Technology (AS)

3 Credits

CJB1722Crime Scene Photography 2 (AS)

3 Credits

CJB2703Crime Scene Safety (AS)

2 Credits

CJB2704Courtroom Presentation of Scientific Evidence (AS)

3 Credits

CJB2735Fingerprint Classification (AS)

3 Credits

CJB2736Latent Fingerprint Development (AS)

3 Credits

CJB2748Biological Evidence (AS)

2 Credits

Total Credit Hours: 64

Course Sequence

Term One - Fall (Year One) (Credits: 15)

ENC1101College Composition 1 (AA)

3 Credits

CJB1465Injury and Death Investigation (AS)

3 Credits

CJB1711Introduction to Crime Scene Technology (AS)

3 Credits

CJB1712Crime Scene Photography 1 (AS)

3 Credits

CJB2713Introduction to Forensic Science (AA)

3 Credits

Term Two - Spring (Year One) (Credits: 15)

CJB2735Fingerprint Classification (AS)

3 Credits

CJB1721Advanced Crime Scene Technology (AS)

3 Credits

CJB1722Crime Scene Photography 2 (AS)

3 Credits

ENC1102College Composition 2 (AA)

3 Credits

Any course from Humanities - Area II

3 credits

Term Three - Summer (Year One) (Credits: 8)

Any course from Mathematics - Area III

3 credits

CCJ1010Introduction to Criminology (AA)

3 Credits

CJB2703Crime Scene Safety (AS)

2 Credits

Term One - Fall (Year Two) (Credits: 14)

CJB2704Courtroom Presentation of Scientific Evidence (AS)

3 Credits

CJB2736Latent Fingerprint Development (AS)

3 Credits

CJB2748Biological Evidence (AS)

2 Credits

CCJ1020Administration of Criminal Justice (AA)

3 Credits

Or

CCJ1618Criminal Psychology (AA)

3 Credits

POS1041Introduction to American Government (AA)

3 Credits

Term Two - Spring (Year Two) (Credits: 12)

SPC1017Fundamentals of Speech Communication (AA)

3 Credits

CGS1100Microcomputer Applications (AA)

3 Credits

CJE1300Police Administration 1 (AA)

3 Credits

CJL2100Criminal Law (AA)

3Credits

Total Credit Hours: 64