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.

Required Courses Credits: 31-43

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 (25 credits)
ASM/FOR275Forensic Anthropology4
CHM151General Chemistry I4
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory1
CHM152General Chemistry II4
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

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

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

General Education Requirements Credits: 12-24
First-Year Composition Credits: 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 Communication Credits: 3
COM225Public Speaking3
Critical Reading Credits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR Equivalent by assessment
Math Credits: 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
Humanities, Arts and Design Credits: 0
Met by AJS123 in Required Courses area
Natural Sciences Credits: 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
Social-Behavioral Sciences Credits: 0
Met by AJS101 in Required Courses area

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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: 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
Initiating College: Mesa Community College
Program Availability: Shared by: CG, GC, MC, PC, PV, SC, SM - CG, GC, MC, PC, PV, SC, SM
Occupational Area: Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security
Instructional Council: Administration of Justice Studies (01)
GPA: 2.0