Forensic Science

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Forensic Science is designed to provide students with the technical skills and knowledge necessary to evaluate and process a crime scene for items of evidentiary value, document crime scene evidence, and collect and retain items consistent with forensic procedures.


Important information you’ll need when applying for admission:

Field of Interest: Behavioral Science and Human Services

Type: Certificate

Academic Plan: Forensic Science (CER)

Academic Plan Code

Total credits required

Effective Term: Summer 2020

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

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
AJS201Rules of Evidence3
AJS213Evidence Technology/Fingerprints3
AJS215Criminalistics: Physical Evidence3
AJS216Criminalistics: Biological Evidence3
AJS241Police Photography3
AJS275Criminal Investigation I3


  • Adhere to the general rules governing admissibility of evidence, including the exceptions and privileges. (AJS201)
  • Demonstrate the appropriate techniques to identify, interpret and classify fingerprints and explain the problems associated with the development of latent prints. (AJS213)
  • Collect and preserve physical evidence. (AJS215)
  • 4 Collect and preserve biological evidence. (AJS216)
  • Photograph basic accident and crime scenes and specific items of evidence using appropriate photographic techniques. (AJS241)
  • Demonstrate the appropriate steps to be undertaken during the investigation of specific crimes. (AJS275)

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