Programs of Study
Program Purpose Statement
The Forensic Science Technology diploma program prepares students for various careers in the rapidly growing field of forensic science. Students will gain knowledge and skills in this program that will prepare them for entrance, retention or advancement into careers such as crime scene investigation, death investigation, laboratory technology, evidence technology, forensic computer science, and general forensic science or criminal justice fields.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where can I find employment with a Forensic Science Degree, Diploma, or Technical Certificate of Credit (TCC)?
A: In terms of the job market, the primary employer will be police departments. The Forensic Science Technology program prepares you to work for a police department as a Crime Scene Technician or Detective/Investigator. You may also desire to become a Lab Technician; however, you will likely need to continue your education for a 4 year degree. Some police departments may hire civilians in various roles, while many others may also want you to be a sworn police officer. Some agencies will require that you have street experience as an officer before you can move into specialty areas (like investigations or forensics). Criminal Justice agencies are all different. If you are interested in a particular department or agency, I would suggest giving them a call or visit their web site to see what they may require. Students who plan to pursue careers in corrections, courts, and juvenile justice may also benefit from the Forensic Science programs.
Please note that no one convicted of a felony can be certified as a police officer (and most other criminal justice positions) in the State of Georgia. A significant number of misdemeanor convictions may also negatively impact employment potential.
Q: I have a job. How flexible are the courses?
A: There are a limited number of courses that are offered online or in the evening. Most of the Occupational Course Requirements are offered in the form of classroom lecture/lab courses and offered during the day 1-2 days per week.
Q: Can I double major in Criminal Justice and Forensic Science?
A: There are some shared courses (courses that are required in both programs) which make it possible to obtain both degrees simultaneously. You will want to let your advisor know that you are interested in a double major. This is particularly true when selecting electives in the Criminal Justice programs. A double major request is usually submitted through your advisor to the Dean of Academic Affairs. The Dean will review the request after a student has demonstrated their ability to maintain academic standing for at least one semester.
FOSC 1206 - Introduction to Forensic Science
FOSC 2010 - Crime Scene Investigation I
FOSC 2011 - Crime Scene Investigation II
FOSC 2012 - Forensic Trace Evidence
FOSC 2014 - Documentation and Report Preparation
FOSC 2028 - Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
FOSC 2033 - Death Investigation
FOSC 2035 - Forensic Photography
FOSC 2037 - Victimology
FOSC 2040 - Forensic Firearms and Toolmarks
FOSC 2041 - Latent Print Examination
FOSC 2150 - Case Preparation and Courtroom Testimony
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