Associate in Applied Science in Forensic Science

Degree Information

Academic Plan

Forensic Science

Academic Plan Type

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Academic Plan Code




MCCCD Official Curriculum Details

Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Behavioral Science and Human Services


This degree has associated pathway maps with course sequence(s). We recommend using them as reference instead of the list below.


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

This program replaces:
AAS/3041 Forensic Science: Crime Lab
AAS/3404 Forensic Technology

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 degree 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.

Required Courses

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
AJS101Introduction to Criminal Justice3
AJS123Ethics and the Administration of Justice3
AJS275Criminal Investigation I3
AJS290BNCourtroom Testimony Seminar1
AJS215Criminalistics: Physical Evidence (3) OR
AJS219Crime Scene Technology: Physical Evidence (3) OR
FOR105Forensic Science: Physical Evidence (4)3-4
AJS216Criminalistics: Biological Evidence (3) OR
FOR106Forensic Science: Biological Evidence (4)3-4
Students should select courses from one of the following emphases based on career goals.
Crime Scene (15 credits)
AJS109Substantive Criminal Law3
AJS210Constitutional Law3
AJS213Evidence Technology/ Fingerprints3
AJS214Evidence Technology/Photography3
AJS260Procedural Criminal Law3
Lab Science (23 credits)
ASM/FOR275Forensic Anthropology4
CHM151General Chemistry I3
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory1
CHM152General Chemistry II3
CHM152LLGeneral Chemistry II Laboratory1
PHY111General Physics I4
PHY112General Physics II4
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

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 Electives

Free Electives
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.

General Education Requirements

General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 12-24
General Education CoreCredits: 12-20
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
COM225Public Speaking3
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR Equivalent by assessment
MathematicsCredits: 3-8
For Crime Scene Emphasis
MAT140College Mathematics (5) OR
MAT141College Mathematics (4) OR
MAT142College Mathematics (3)
OR higher course with an [MA] general education designation3-5
For Lab Science Emphasis
MAT150College Algebra/Functions (5) OR
MAT151College Algebra/Functions (4) OR
MAT152College Algebra/Functions (3) AND
MAT182Plane Trigonometry (3) OR
MAT187Precalculus (5)
OR higher course with an [MA] general education designation3-8
General Education DistributionCredits: 0-4
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 0
Met by AJS123 in Required Courses area
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 0
Met by AJS101 in Required Courses area
Natural SciencesCredits: 0-4
Recommended Course for Crime Scene Emphasis:
CHM130Fundamental Chemistry (3) AND
CHM130LLFundamental Chemistry Laboratory (1) OR
CHM151General Chemistry I (3) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1) OR
FOR105Forensic Science: Physical Evidence (4) OR
FOR106Forensic Science: Biological Evidence (4)0-4
Lab Science Emphasis met by CHM151 and CHM151LL

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Award Details

First Term
2019 Fall
Final Term
Total Credits
CIPS code
SOC codes
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
Program Availability
Occupational Area
Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security
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