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Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Forensic Investigation
Major: 5488
First Term: 2009 Summer I    Final Term: Current
Award: CCL
Total Credits: 18
CIPS Code: 43.0106
Initiating College: Mesa Community College
Program Availability: College-Specific
Occupational Area: Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security
Instructional Council: Administration of Justice Studies (01)
GPA: 2.00

Detailed Program Information

Description: The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Forensic Investigation 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.

Consumer Program Costs and Career Information

Program Notes:
+ indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites.
Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses within the program.

Required Courses
 Credits: 18
 AJS215Criminalistics Physical Evidence3
 AJS216Criminalistics: Biological Evidence3
 AJS241Police Photography3
 AJS275Criminal Investigation I3
 AJS290AITheories of Criminal Behavior1
 AJS290AUChild Abuse Investigation1
 AJS290BHSex Crimes Investigation1
 ASM/FOR275Introduction to Forensic Anthropology3

Program Competencies
1.Identify and use appropriate scientific methods to investigate, recognize, collect and preserve various types of physical evidence. (AJS215)
2.Identify and use appropriate scientific methods to investigate, recognize, collect and preserve various types of biological evidence. (AJS216)
3.Photograph basic accident and crime scenes and specific items of evidence using appropriate photographic techniques. (AJS241)
4.Describe the role of a forensic anthropologist in crime scenes where there is an undetermined manner of death. (ASM275)
5.Demonstrate the appropriate steps to be undertaken during the investigation of specific crimes. (AJS275)
6.Describe theories that relate to or explain criminal behavior. (AJS290AI)
7.Describe child abuse history, causes and treatment, and explain the role of law enforcement in confronting the problem. (AJS290AU)
8.Describe proper investigative procedures and obstacles faced in the enforcement of sex crimes. (AJS290BH)