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Criminal Justice Technology/Latent Evidence

Curriculum Description

Latent Evidence is a concentration under the curriculum of Criminal Justice Technology. This curriculum is designed to provide knowledge of latent evidence systems and operations. Study will focus on local, state, and federal law enforcement, evidence processing and procedures.

Students will learn both theory and hands-on analysis of latent evidence. They will learn fingerprint classification, identification and chemical development. Students will record, cast, and recognize footwear and tire-tracks; and process crime scenes. Issues and concepts of communications and the use of computers and computer assisted design programs in crime scene technology will be discussed.

Graduates should qualify for employment in a variety of criminal justice organizations especially in local, state, and federal law enforcement and correctional agencies.

The following represents one way in which the program of study can be completed. Students who aren’t able to follow this plan should consult their academic advisor to be sure that they take courses in the best order for their success.

Associate in Applied Science

A5518A
NC CIP: 43.0106
Day and Evening
POS Approved: Fall 2012

Course Course Title HOURS PER WEEK
Class Lab/ Shop Clinical/ Co-op Credit
Fall Semester
CJC 111 Intro to Criminal Justice 3 0 0 3
CJC 144 Crime Scene Processing 2 3 0 3
CJC 221 Investigative Principles 3 2 0 4
CJC 245 Friction Ridge Analysis 2 3 0 3
ENG 111 Expository Writing 3 0 0 3
Select one:
Interpersonal Psychology (3) (0) (0) (3)
  OR        
General Psychology 3 0 0 3
   
    16 8 0 19

Spring Semester
CJC 112 Criminology 3 0 0 3
CJC 113 Juvenile Justice 3 0 0 3
CJC 246 Adv Friction Ridge Analys 2 3 0 3
Select one:
Criminalistics (3) (0) (0) (3)
  OR        
Forensic Psychology 3 0 0 3
Select one:
Argument-Based Research (3) (0) (0) (3)
  OR        
Prof Research & Reporting 3 0 0 3
   
    14 3 0 15

Summer Term
CJC 114 Investigative Photography 1 2 0 2
CJC 145 Crime Scene CAD 2 3 0 3
CJC 212 Ethics & Comm Relations 3 0 0 3
CJC 231 Constitutional Law 3 0 0 3
   
    9 5 0 11

Fall Semester
CJC 131 Criminal Law 3 0 0 3
CJC 146 Trace Evidence 2 3 0 3
CJC 251 Forensic Chemistry I 3 2 0 4
Select one:
Mathematical Models NEW REQUISITE 2 2 0 3
  OR        
Survey of Mathematics NEW REQUISITE (3) (0) (0) (3)
  OR        
College Algebra NEW REQUISITE (3) (0) (0) (3)
   
    10 7 0 13

Spring Semester
CJC 252 Forensic Chemistry II 3 2 0 4
___ ___ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective ** ** 0 3
MAT 155 Statistical Analysis NEW REQUISITE 3 0 0 3
MAT 155A Statistics Analysis Lab 0 2 0 1
Select one:
Law Enforcement Operations (3) (0) (0) (3)
  OR        
Co-op Work Experience I 0 0 10 1
   
    6 4 10 12

Total Credit Hours: 70

Legend

  • : Comprehensive Articulation Agreement - This course is recommended for students transferring to a four-year university.
  • : Local Requirement
  • : Instructional Service Agreement
  • : Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC)

Additional Information

Students successfully completing Basic Law Enforcement Training accredited by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission may receive credit for the following criminal justice courses: CJC 131, CJC 221 and CJC 231 for a total of 10 semester hours that may be counted toward the Associate in Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice Technology – Latent Evidence. To qualify, students must have successfully passed the Criminal Justice Commission’s comprehensive certification exam and must have completed BLET since 1985.

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective – Select one: ENG 273, HUM 121, HUM 220, PHI 215, PHI 240, REL 110 or REL 221. Consult an academic advisor concerning other possible electives.

Students selecting PSY 231 Forensic Psychology must meet the state prerequisite requirement of PSY 150 General Psychology prior to enrolling.

**Hours vary depending on course selection.