Certificate of Completion in Forensic Investigation

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Field of Interest: Behavioral Science and Human Services

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The base certificate for this pathway map is no longer offered for new students. It is presented only for archival purposes.

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Forensic Investigation 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

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Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Certificate
Academic Plan
Forensic Investigation (CCL)
Academic Plan Code
5488
Total Credits Required
18
Catalog Year
2020-2021

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Identify and use appropriate scientific methods to investigate, recognize, collect and preserve various types of physical evidence.
  2. Identify and use appropriate scientific methods to investigate, recognize, collect and preserve various types of biological evidence.
  3. Photograph basic accident and crime scenes and specific items of evidence using appropriate photographic techniques.
  4. Describe the role of a forensic anthropologist in crime scenes where there is an undetermined manner of death.
  5. Demonstrate the appropriate steps to be undertaken during the investigation of specific crimes.
  6. Describe child abuse history, causes and treatment, and explain the role of law enforcement in confronting the problem.
  7. Describe proper investigative procedures and obstacles faced in the enforcement of sex crimes.

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this certificate 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* for this certificate. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

* 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

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AJS215 Criminalistics: Physical Evidence RC 3
AJS216 Criminalistics: Biological Evidence RC 3
AJS241 Police Photography RC 3
AJS275 Criminal Investigation I RC 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AJS290AU Child Abuse Investigation RC 1
AJS290BH Sex Crimes Investigation RC 1
ASM/FOR275 Forensic Anthropology RC 4

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Disclaimer

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

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Certificate of Completion in Forensic Investigation (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=103536).

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

A list of the current and previous versions of the pathway map for the Forensic Investigation program
Catalog Year Effective Dates
2020-2021 (Current)    5/26/2020 – 5/24/2021
2019-2020 5/28/2019 – 5/25/2020
2018-2019 5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019