Associate in Applied Science in Forensic Science

Forensic Investigation
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Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Behavioral Science and Human Services

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
60-65
Catalog Year
2019-2020

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map 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.

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of the Forensic Science 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* for this program. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Criminal Investigators and Special Agents

$85,755

Police Identification and Records Officers

$85,755

* 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:

  • 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 may be required to successfully complete a College Success Course (CPD150 or CPD/AAA115) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Pathway Map Options

There are multiple options available for this pathway map. The options vary depending on the available transfer institutions and what degrees you may be able to transfer into.

All the pathway map options share some common coursework. To explore what additional coursework may be required, select your desired option from the list below. Once selected, the list of courses and any associated details will be automatically updated. Additional courses for a specific option will be highlighted with a blue border.

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

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AJS101 Introduction to Criminal Justice Critical course Gateway course SB 3
AJS215 or
AJS219 or
FOR105
Criminalistics: Physical Evidence or Crime Scene Technology: Physical Evidence or Forensic Science: Physical Evidence Critical course 3–4
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
Restricted Electives Restricted Electives See list below 3
CPD150 or
AAA115
Strategies for College Success or Creating College Success 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AJS123 Ethics and the Administration of Justice HU 3
AJS216 or
FOR106
Criminalistics: Biological Evidence or Forensic Science: Biological Evidence 3–4
MAT182 Plane Trigonometry MAT182 OR Higher level MAT MA 0–3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking L 0–3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AJS275 Criminal Investigation I 3
AJS290BN Courtroom Testimony Seminar 1
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Application 3
COM225 Public Speaking L 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Elective Elective Course 0–3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology SB 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

Restricted Electives 

Students must complete 3 credits of restricted electives: 

For students interested in the Crime Scene Emphasis, select CIS105 OR BPC110 OR Any AJS course not listed in the required courses area. 

For students interested in the Lab Science Emphasis, select CIS105 OR BPC110 

 

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CIS105 Survey of Computer Information Systems CS 3
BPC110 Computer Usage and Applications CS 3
AJS+++ Any AJS Administration of Justice Studies Course not listed in the required Courses Area. 3

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AJS101 Introduction to Criminal Justice Critical course Gateway course SB 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
CPD150 or
AAA115
Strategies for College Success or Creating College Success 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AJS215 or
AJS219 or
FOR105
Criminalistics: Physical Evidence or Crime Scene Technology: Physical Evidence or Forensic Science: Physical Evidence Critical course 3–4
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking L 0–3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AJS216 or
FOR106
Criminalistics: Biological Evidence or Forensic Science: Biological Evidence 3–4

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AJS123 Ethics and the Administration of Justice HU 3
Restricted Electives Restricted Electives See list below 3
MAT182 Plane Trigonometry MAT182 OR Higher level MAT MA 0–3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AJS275 Criminal Investigation I 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM225 Public Speaking L 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AJS290BN Courtroom Testimony Seminar 1
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Application 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Elective Elective 0–3

Pathway Map Option Details

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Lab Science Emphasis

The additional courses required by this pathway map option have already been inserted into the pathway map above. For your reference, those additional courses are also listed below, separated by term.

Full-time

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken if the Lab Science Emphasis option (Full-time) has been selected
Term Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
1 MAT150 or
MAT151 or
MAT152 or
MAT187
College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or Precalculus MA 3–5
2 Elective or
(CHM130 and
CHM130LL)
Elective or (Fundamental Chemistry and Fundamental Chemistry Laboratory) CHM130/CHM130LL only needed if not eligible for CHM152/CHM152LL SQ 3–4
3 PHY111 General Physics I SQ 4
3 (CHM151 and
CHM151LL)
(General Chemistry I and General Chemistry I Laboratory) SQ 4
4 ASM275 or
FOR275
Forensic Anthropology or Forensic Anthropology SB, SG 4
4 (CHM152 and
CHM152LL)
(General Chemistry II and General Chemistry II Laboratory) SQ 4
4 PHY112 General Physics II SQ 4
4 HU Humanities, Fine Arts, and Design If completing the AGEC-A, select a course that satisfies the HU and C and G or H 3


If you are interested in other options for this degree, a list of all pathway map options is also available.

Crime Scene Emphasis

The additional courses required by this pathway map option have already been inserted into the pathway map above. For your reference, those additional courses are also listed below, separated by term.

Full-time

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken if the Crime Scene Emphasis option (Full-time) has been selected
Term Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
1 MAT140 or
MAT141 or
MAT142 or
MAT145 or
MAT146
College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics with Review or College Mathematics with Review MA 3–6
2 (CHM130 and
CHM130LL)
(Fundamental Chemistry and Fundamental Chemistry Laboratory) SQ 4
3 AJS213 Evidence Technology/Fingerprints 3
3 AJS214 Evidence Technology/Photography 3
4 AJS109 Substantive Criminal Law 3
4 AJS260 Procedural Criminal Law 3
4 AJS210 Constitutional Law 3
4 Elective Elective 3


If you are interested in other options for this degree, a list of all pathway map options is also available.

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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.

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