Associate in Applied Science in Forensic Science

Degree Information

Academic Plan

AAS Forensic Science

Academic Plan Code




MCCCD Program Detail

Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Behavioral Science and Human Services


Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses within the program.

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.

What You’ll Learn

This program will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Synthesize multiple sources of information to make timely assessments.
  2. Solve problems through logical and sound reasoning.
  3. Communicate orally, visually and in writing precisely, appropriately, and effectively to varied audiences.
  4. Communicate in the language common to the criminal justice system.
  5. Collaborate with diverse agencies, community representatives and individuals to achieve common goals.
  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.
  7. Utilize technology to collect, analyze and communicate data.
  8. Practice professional standards appropriate to the field of criminal justice.
  9. Subscribe to and practice ethical behavior appropriate to the field of criminal justice.
  10. Collect, identify, classify, and analyze physical evidence related to criminal investigations.

Restricted Electives

Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Students must complete 3 credits of restricted electives.
Students interested in the Crime Scene Emphasis
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems (3) OR
BPC110Computer Usage and Applications (3) OR
AJS+++++Any AJS Administration of Justice Studies course not listed in the required courses area. (3)3
Students interested in the Lab Science Emphasis
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems (3) OR
BPC110Computer Usage and Applications (3)3

Free Restricted Electives

Free Elective
Course #Course TitleCredits
Students must choose zero (0) to ten (10) additional credits of general elective courses. Total number of general electives required will largely depend upon emphasis selected.

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All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.

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Major: 3041
First Term: 2019 Fall
Final Term: Current
Award: AAS
Total Credits: 60-67
CIPS code: 43.0106
SOC codes:
Initiating College:
Program Availability: - CG, GC, MC, PV, PC, SC, SM
Occupational Area: Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security
Instructional Council:
Last Updated: 06/27/2019