Criminal Justice Technology/Forensic Science

Curriculum Description

Forensic Science is a concentration under the curriculum of Criminal Justice Technology, which focuses on the application of the physical, biomedical, and social sciences to the analysis and evaluation of physical evidence, human testimony and criminal suspects. 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 the recommended curriculum model below should consult their academic advisor to be sure that they take courses in the best order for their success.

 

Associate in Applied Science

A5518C REVISED
NC CIP: 43.0106
Day and Evening
POS Approved: Fall 2019

Fall Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
CJC 111 Intro to Criminal Justice Comprehensive Articulation Agreement 3 0 0 3
CJC 221 Investigative Principles 3 2 0 4
CJC 245 Friction Ridge Analysis 2 3 0 3
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry REVISED REQUISITE Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Universal General Education Transfer Component Global Distinction Requisite 3 0 0 3
Select one:
Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
PSY 118
OR
Interpersonal Psychology REVISED REQUISITE Requisite (3) (0) (0) (3)
PSY 150 General Psychology REVISED REQUISITE Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Universal General Education Transfer Component Global Distinction Requisite 3 0 0 3
Totals

Class Hours: 14
Lab/Shop Hours: 5
Clinical/WBL Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 16

Spring Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
CJC 112 Criminology Requisite 3 0 0 3
CJC 113 Juvenile Justice Requisite 3 0 0 3
CJC 246 Adv Friction Ridge Analys Requisite 2 3 0 3
Select one:
Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
CJC 222
OR
Criminalistics Requisite (3) (0) (0) (3)
PSY 231 Forensic Psychology Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Requisite 3 0 0 3
Select one:
Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
ENG 112
OR
Writing/Research in the Disc Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Universal General Education Transfer Component Global Distinction Requisite (3) (0) (0) (3)
ENG 114 Prof Research & Reporting Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Global Distinction Requisite 3 0 0 3
Totals

Class Hours: 14
Lab/Shop Hours: 3
Clinical/WBL Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 15

Summer Term

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
CJC 115 Crime Scene Photography NEW 2019FA 2 3 0 3
CJC 145 Crime Scene CAD 2 3 0 3
CJC 212 Ethics & Comm Relations Requisite 3 0 0 3
CJC 231 Constitutional Law Requisite 3 0 0 3
Totals

Class Hours: 10
Lab/Shop Hours: 6
Clinical/WBL Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 12

Fall Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
CJC 131 Criminal Law Requisite 3 0 0 3
CJC 144 Crime Scene Processing REVISED REQUISITE 2019FA Requisite 2 3 0 3
CJC 146 Trace Evidence 2 3 0 3
CJC 251 Forensic Chemistry I 3 2 0 4
Select one:
Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
MAT 110
OR
Mathematical Measurement and Literacy REVISED REQUISITE Requisite 2 2 0 3
MAT 143 Quantitative Literacy REVISED REQUISITE Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Universal General Education Transfer Component Global Distinction Requisite (2) (2) (0) (3)
Totals

Class Hours: 12
Lab/Shop Hours: 10
Clinical/WBL Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 16

Spring Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
CJC 252 Forensic Chemistry II Requisite 3 2 0 4
MAT 152 Statistical Methods I REVISED REQUISITE Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Universal General Education Transfer Component Global Distinction Requisite 3 2 0 4
___ ___ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective Comprehensive Articulation Agreement ** ** 0 3
Select one:
Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
CJC 121
OR
Law Enforcement Operations Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Requisite (3) (0) (0) (3)
WBL 111 Work-Based Learning I 0 0 10 1
Totals

Class Hours: 6
Lab/Shop Hours: 4
Clinical/WBL Hours: 10
Credit Hours: 12

Total Credit Hours: 71

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)
  • : Global Distinction
  • : Requisite(s)

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 taking PSY 231.

**Hours vary depending on course selection.

A5518C REVISED