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Crime Scene Technology, AS

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The Associate in Science (AS) in Crime Scene Technology program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare students for employment in the field of criminalistics with a specialty in Crime Scene Technology. The student potentially can be employed in positions of Crime Scene Technician, Crime Scene Photographer, Fingerprint Examiner and Classification Specialist, Crime Scene Lab Assistant, and Crime Scene Unit Supervisor. Crime Scene Technologists can be employed by state attorneys’ offices, public defender offices, medical examiner offices, law firms and private industry. The AS CRST program may also be beneficial to professionals seeking incentive benefits or career enhancement in the field.

Program Structure

This program is a planned sequence of instruction consisting of 60 credit hours in the following areas: 18 credit hours of General Education Requirements, 38 credit hours of Crime Scene Technology Core Requirements, and 4 credit hours of Open Electives. The Crime Scene Technician Certificate is a 28 credit hour certificate that prepares students for entry into employment and is comprised of core courses in the AS Crime Scene Technology degree. As such, it can be earned before the student has earned the AS Crime Scene Technology degree.

Course Prerequisites

Many courses require prerequisites. Check the description of each course in the list below to check for prerequisites, minimum grade requirements, and other restrictions related to the course. Students must complete all prerequisites for a course prior to registering for it.


Students must fulfill all requirements of their program major in order to be eligible for graduation. Students must indicate their intention to attend commencement ceremony, by completing the Commencement Form by the published deadline.

General Education Requirements: 18 Credit Hours

  • 3 credits
  • 3 credits
  • Any General Education Mathematics Course - 3 credits
  • Any General Education Natural Science Course - 3 credits (Recommended: BSC 1010 and BSC 1010L prior to BSC 1084C required in core)
  • Any General Education Social Sciences Course (PSY 2012  Introduction to Psychology is recommended) - 3 credits
  • Any General Education Humanities Course (PHI 2600  Ethics is recommended) - 3 credits

Crime Scene Technology, AS Degree Open Elective Requirements: 4 Credit Hours

  • Electives may be taken from any 1000 and 2000 level courses

Total Degree Requirements: 60 Credit Hours

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