Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Major: 3183
First Term: 2019 Fall   
Award: AAS
Total Credits: 60-65
CIP Code: 43.0106
Occupational Area: Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security

Instructional Council: Administration of Justice Studies (01)
GPA: 2.0
SOC Code: 19-4092.00, 13-1041.06, 33-1012.00, 33-3021.01, 33-3021.02, 33-3051.00, 33-3051.01, 33-3021.00, 33-3021.06, 33-3021.03


Description: The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Forensic Science provides the student with a specialization in forensic investigation as it relates to crime. The curriculum presents a specialized scope of knowledge about photography, collection and preservation of evidence, and investigative strategies. The program provides students with an important knowledge base for investigative specialization in a wide range of disciplines and careers. This degree pathway also provides students with the opportunity to complete two Certificates of Completion (CCL) in Crime Scene Investigation, and Fingerprint Identification and Photography.




Required Courses
AJS101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
AJS123 Ethics and the Administration of Justice 3
AJS275 Criminal Investigation I 3
AJS290BN Courtroom Testimony Seminar 1

AJS215 Criminalistics: Physical Evidence (3) OR
AJS219 Crime Scene Technology: Physical Evidence (3) OR
FOR105 Forensic Science: Physical Evidence (4) 3-4

AJS216 Criminalistics: Biological Evidence (3) OR
FOR106 Forensic Science: Biological Evidence (4) 3-4

Students should select courses from one of the following emphases based on career goals.

Crime Scene (15 credits)
AJS109 Substantive Criminal Law 3
AJS210 Constitutional Law 3
AJS213 Evidence Technology/ Fingerprints 3
AJS214 Evidence Technology/Photography 3
AJS260 Procedural Criminal Law 3

Lab Science (23 credits)
ASM/FOR275 Forensic Anthropology 4
+ CHM151 General Chemistry I 3
+ CHM151LL General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
+ CHM152 General Chemistry II 3
+ CHM152LL General Chemistry II Laboratory 1
+ PHY111 General Physics I 4
+ PHY112 General Physics II 4
Any course with the HU, C and G general education designations (3) OR
Any course with the HU, C and H general education designations (3) 3
Credits: 31-41

Learning Outcomes
1. Synthesize multiple sources of information to make timely assessments. (AJS101, AJS123, AJS210, AJS213, AJS214, AJS215, AJS216, AJS219, AJS260, ASM/FOR275, AJS290BN, BPC110, [FYC], [MA], [SQ])
2. Solve problems through logical and sound reasoning. (AJS101, AJS109, AJS123, AJS210, AJS213, AJS214, AJS215, AJS216, AJS219, AJS260, ASM/FOR275, AJS290BN, BPC110, CIS105, [COM], [FYC], [MA], [SQ])
3. Communicate orally, visually and in writing precisely, appropriately, and effectively to varied audiences. (AJS101, AJS210, AJS213, AJS214, AJS215, AJS216, AJS219, AJS260, ASM/FOR275, AJS290BN, BPC110, CIS105, [COM], [FYC], [MA], [SQ])
4. Communicate in the language common to the criminal justice system. (AJS101, AJS109, AJS210, AJS215, AJS219, AJS213, AJS214, AJS216, AJS260, ASM/FOR275, AJS290BN, [COM], [FYC], [MA], [SQ])
5. Collaborate with diverse agencies, community representatives and individuals to achieve common goals. (AJS101, AJS123, AJS210, AJS213, AJS214, AJS215, AJS216, AJS219, AJS260, ASM/FOR275, AJS290BN, [COM], [FYC], [SQ])
6. Apply the principles and processes of criminal and constitutional law, criminology theory, knowledge of the functions and components of the criminal justice system, and current issues to criminal justice operations. (AJS101, AJS109, AJS123, AJS210, AJS213, AJS214, AJS215, AJS216, AJS219, AJS260, ASM/FOR275, AJS290BN, [FYC], [MA], [SQ])
7. Utilize technology to collect, analyze and communicate data. (AJS101, AJS210, AJS213, AJS214, AJS215, AJS216, AJS219, AJS260, ASM/FOR275, AJS290BN, BPC110, CIS105, [COM], [FYC], [MA], [SQ])
8. Practice professional standards appropriate to the field of criminal justice. (AJS101, AJS109, AJS123, AJS210, AJS213, AJS214, AJS215, AJS216, AJS219, AJS260, ASM/FOR275, AJS290BN, [COM], [FYC], [SQ])
9. Subscribe to and practice ethical behavior appropriate to the field of criminal justice. (AJS101, AJS109, AJS210, AJS213, AJS214, AJS215, AJS216, AJS219, AJS260, ASM/FOR275, AJS290BN, [FYC], [MA], [SQ])
10. Collect, identify, classify, and analyze physical evidence related to criminal investigations. (AJS101, AJS213, AJS214, AJS215, AJS216, AJS219, ASM/FOR275, AJS290BN, [FYC], [MA], [SQ])
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: December 11, 2018

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