Forensic Investigation

Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Behavioral Science and Human Services
Forensic Investigation

Crime scene investigation. It’s all over the TV. Some technician is dusting for fingerprints. Another is photographing a room where something bad went down. Still another is carefully bagging and labeling evidence. But did you know technicians actually do these things in real life? It’s forensics, the recognition, collection, identification, and interpretation of physical evidence for criminal law purposes.

The Forensic Investigation program at MCC provides you with a specialization in forensic investigation as it relates to crime. Our curriculum presents a specialized scope of knowledge about forensic photography, the collection and preservation of evidence, and investigative strategies. Our program provides you with an important knowledge base for investigative specialization in a wide range of disciplines and careers.

The Right Pathway for You

MCC offers Certificates of Completion and Associate Degrees for this program. Your interests and goals will guide you in selecting the pathway that is ideal for you. You may find a combination of certificates or degrees is the fastest way to realize your dreams.


The knowledge and skills acquired while earning a Certificate of Completion (CCL) can help launch you into a new career or energize your current job. Generally requiring fewer credit hours than degrees or transfer programs, a CCL may be your best first step into higher education.

A list of available certificates offered in the Forensic Investigation program
Name Type Title Courses
Certificate of Completion CCL Crime Scene Investigation
Certificate of Completion CCL Fingerprint Identification and Photography


MCC’s associate degrees enhance your resume and prepare you to enter the workforce with an advantage. Whether you are interested in simply completing basic, required college courses or specializing in a specific area, there’s a degree for you.

A list of available associate degrees offered in the Forensic Investigation program
Name Type Title Courses
Associate in Applied Science AAS Forensic Science

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of a degree or certificate within the Forensic Investigation program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages*. Some occupations may require additional education or training. You can click on any occupation to view more detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Criminal Investigators and Special Agents


Police Identification and Records Officers


* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Financial Aid

You can get a high-quality, affordable education. MCC’s low tuition rates and various financial aid opportunities make it possible. Explore federal and state grants, Federal Work-Study, scholarships, student loans, and other options today.

Meet with an Advisor

Become a Student

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Before signing up for classes, you’ll want to meet with an academic advisor. Together, you’ll lay out an academic plan that suits you best. This step is essential to your academic success.

Advising for the Forensic Investigation program is available through the Administration of Justice Studies department. They will help you determine the exact courses you need to get the education you’re looking for.