Crime Scene Investigation Technology
Program Description: The Crime Scene Investigation Technology associate of applied science degree program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for work in the forensic laboratories of the modern criminal justice system. Learning opportunities develop academic, occupational, and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes a combination of Criminal Justice and Forensic Laboratory theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. Program graduates receive a Crime Scene Investigation Technology associate of applied science degree. Graduates who are current practitioners will benefit through enhancement of career potential. Entry-level persons will be prepared to pursue diverse opportunities in the laboratory facilities attached to any modern investigative facility, civil or private.
Student Learning Outcomes:
• Students will identify elements of a legal search.
• Students will demonstrate the proper procedures for crime scene processing.
• Students will perform testing of body fluids using proper test procedures and protocols.
• Students will provide a report of forensic evidence found on a computer system.
Length of Program: Five (5) semesters.
Entrance Dates: Beginning of every semester.
Entrance Requirements: Refer to Admissions criteria. Click for Entrance Scores.
Age: Applicant must be 18 years of age or older.
Education: An applicant must be a high school graduate or the equivalent (GED). College transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis.
Note: Students who intend to work with a civil investigative facility should understand that according to the Georgia Peace Officer and Standards Training (P.O.S.T.) Council, each applicant "shall not have been convicted by any state or by the federal government of any crime the punishment for which could have been imprisonment in the federal or state prison or institution nor have been convicted of sufficient misdemeanors to establish a pattern of disregard for the law, provided that, for purposes of this paragraph, violations of traffic laws and other offenses involving the operation of motor vehicles when the applicant has received a pardon shall not be considered." This means that the Council will require a thorough Criminal and Traffic History be completed to include but not limited to: a Certified Driver’s History, a Georgia Crime Information Center, and a National Crime Information Center printout.
The P.O.S.T. Council also has other requirements for certification. See program advisor for this additional information.
Additional Requirements: A Criminal background check and drug toxicology may be required for Internship/Externship and/or Employer. Results will affect employment options and will need to be discussed with advisor.
Program Final Exit Point: Crime Scene Investigation Technology, Associate of Applied Science.
Credits Required for Graduation: 63 minimum semester hour credits required for graduation.
Students with a current Basic Peace Officer Certification may be eligible to receive 9 credit hours corresponding to the following courses: CRJU 1010 Introduction to Criminal Justice, CRJU 1040 Principles of Law Enforcement, and CRJU 1062 Methods of Criminal Investigations.
|1. General Core Courses||15|
|Area I: Language Arts/Communication||3|
|ENGL||1101||Composition and Rhetoric|
|Area II: Social/Behavioral Sciences||3|
|Area III: Natural Sciences/Mathematics||3|
|One Mathematics Course|
|Area IV: Humanities/Fine Arts||3|
|And one additional course from Area I, II, III, or IV (as approved by program advisor)||3|
|General Education courses and electives for the Associate Level can be found on this page.|
|2. Occupational Courses (48-51 hours)|
|COMP||1000||Introduction to Computers||3|
|CRJU||1010||Introduction to Criminal Justice||3|
|CRJU||1040||Principles of Law Enforcement||3|
|CRJU||1062||Methods of Criminal Investigation||3|
|CRJU||1063||Crime Scene Processing||3|
|CRJU||1072||Introduction to Forensic Science||3|
|CRJU||1400||Ethics and Cultural Perspectives for Criminal Justice||3|
|and one of the following (24 - 27 hours)|
|Computer Forensics (24 hours)|
|CIST||1122||Hardware Installation and Maintenance||4|
|CIST||1401||Computer Networking Fundamentals||4|
|CIST||1601||Information Security Fundamentals||3|
|CIST||1602||Security Policies and Procedures||3|
|CIST||2630||Computer Forensics & Data Identification||3|
|XXXX||xxxx||CIST Operating System Course||3|
|Laboratory Forensics (27 hours)|
|BIOL||2113||Anatomy and Physiology I||3|
|BIOL||2113L||Anatomy and Physiology Lab I||1|
|BIOL||2114||Anatomy and Physiology II||3|
|BIOL||2114L||Anatomy and Physiology Lab II||1|
|CHEM||1511||Survey of Inorganic Chemistry||3|
|CHEM||1511L||Survey of Inorganic Chemistry Lab||1|