Associate in Applied Science in Forensic Science

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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.

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Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Forensic Science (AAS)
Academic Plan Code
3183
Total Credits Required
70–88
Catalog Year
2019-2020

Career Opportunities

This pathway map can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below is a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this pathway map. Some of the opportunities presented below may require either a bachelor degree or a post-graduate level education.

Example job titles with salary information
Occupation / Title Annual Median Wage
Compliance Officers $58,650
Detectives and Criminal Investigators $81,800
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives $92,030
Forensic Science Technicians $54,630
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers $68,010
Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.

Course Sequence by Term

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

  • 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 placement tests and completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites and program prerequisites.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
15-21
AJS101 Introduction to Criminal Justice Course carries SB Value 3
AJS215 or
AJS219 or
FOR105
Criminalistics: Physical Evidence or Crime Scene Technology: Physical Evidence or Forensic Science: Physical Evidence 3–4
CPD150 Strategies for College Success 0–3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3
RDG1++ or
Elective
Successful College Reading or Elective Course 3
MAT150 or
MAT151 or
MAT152 or
MAT187 or
MAT140 or
MAT141 or
MAT142
College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or Precalculus or College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics Course carries MA Value
If pursuing the Crime Scene Focus, complete MAT140 or MAT141 or MAT142.
If pursing the Lab Science Focus, complete MAT150 or MAT151 or MAT152 or MAT187Course carries MA Value
3–5

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
15-20
AJS123 Ethics and the Administration of Justice Course carries HU Value 3
AJS216 or
FOR106
Criminalistics: Biological Evidence or Forensic Science: Biological Evidence 3–4
MAT182 Plane Trigonometry MAT182 OR Higher level MAT 0–3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3
CRE101 or
Elective
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Elective Course Course carries L Value 3
(CHM130 and
CHM130LL)
or
Elective
(Fundamental Chemistry and Fundamental Chemistry Laboratory) or Elective Course Course carries SQ Value 3–4

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
14-18
AJS275 Criminal Investigation I 3
AJS213 or
PHY111
Evidence Technology/Fingerprints or General Physics I PHY111 carries SQ Value 3–4
AJS214 or
(CHM151 and
CHM151LL)
Evidence Technology/Photography or (General Chemistry I and General Chemistry I Laboratory) CHM151 & CHM151LL carry the SQ Value 3–4
AJS290BN Courtroom Testimony Seminar 1
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications 3
AJS Elective AJS Elective 1–3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
15-18
AJS109 or
PHY112
Substantive Criminal Law or General Physics II PHY112 carries SQ Value 3–4
AJS260 or
ASM275 or
FOR275
Procedural Criminal Law or Forensic Anthropology or Forensic Anthropology ASM275 or FOR275 carry SB and SG Values 3–4
AJS210 or
(CHM152 and
CHM152LL)
Constitutional Law or (General Chemistry II and General Chemistry II Laboratory) CHM152 and CHM152LL carry SQ Value 3–4
COM225 Public Speaking Course carries L Value 3
Elective or
HU & C & (G or H)
Elective or Any Course that carries the HU & C & G Values 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
11
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology Course carries SB Value 3
CHM235 General Organic Chemistry I 3
CHM235LL General Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 1
CHM236 General Organic Chemistry IIA 3
CHM236LL General Organic Chemistry IIA Laboratory 1
Term 5 is optional for transfer

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
3-9
AJS101 Introduction to Criminal Justice Course carries SB Value 3
CPD150 Strategies for College Success 0–3
RDG1++ Successful College Reading 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6-7
AJS215 or
AJS219 or
FOR105
Criminalistics: Physical Evidence or Crime Scene Technology: Physical Evidence or Forensic Science: Physical Evidence 3–4
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6-7
AJS216 or
FOR106
Criminalistics: Biological Evidence or Forensic Science: Biological Evidence 3–4
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6-11
MAT150 or
MAT151 or
MAT152 or
MAT187 or
MAT140 or
MAT141 or
MAT142
College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or Precalculus or College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics Course carries MA Value
If pursuing the Crime Scene Focus, complete MAT140 or MAT141 or MAT142.
If pursing the Lab Science Focus, complete MAT150 or MAT151 or MAT152 or MAT187Course carries MA Value
3–5
AJS123 Ethics and the Administration of Justice Course carries HU Value 3
MAT182 Plane Trigonometry MAT182 OR Higher level MAT 0–3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
3-7
(CHM130 and
CHM130LL)
(Fundamental Chemistry and Fundamental Chemistry Laboratory) Course carries SQ Value 0–4
AJS275 Criminal Investigation I 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6-7
AJS214 or
(CHM151 and
CHM151LL)
Evidence Technology/Photography or (General Chemistry I and General Chemistry I Laboratory) CHM151 & CHM151LL carry the SQ Value 3–4
CRE101 or
Elective
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Elective Course Course carries L Value 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7-8
AJS210 or
(CHM152 and
CHM152LL)
Constitutional Law or (General Chemistry II and General Chemistry II Laboratory) CHM152 and CHM152LL carry SQ Value 3–4
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications 3
AJS290BN Courtroom Testimony Seminar 1

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6-7
AJS213 or
PHY111
Evidence Technology/Fingerprints or General Physics I PHY111 carries SQ Value 3–4
COM225 Public Speaking Course carries L Value 3

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6-7
AJS109 or
PHY112
Substantive Criminal Law or General Physics II PHY112 carries SQ Value 3–4
Elective or
HU & C & (G or H)
Elective or Any Course that carries the HU & C & G Values for AGEC-A 3

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 10
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
4-7
AJS Elective AJS Elective 1–3
AJS260 or
ASM275 or
FOR275
Procedural Criminal Law or Forensic Anthropology or Forensic Anthropology ASM275 or FOR275 carry SB and SG Values for the AGEC-A 3–4

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Program Area Key

  • Critical Rdg = Critical Reading
  • FYC = First Year Composition
  • HU = Humanities, Arts and Design
  • Mathematics = Mathematics
  • NS = Natural Science
  • Oral Comm = Oral Communication
  • PP = Program Prerequisite
  • SB = Social-Behavioral Sciences
  • RC = Required Courses
  • RE = Restricted Electives

Disclaimer

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

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.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Applied Science in Forensic Science (https://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/acres.woa/wa/freeForm13?id=138020).

* Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.