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Forensic Science, Associate of Science

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The Forensic Science degree is a science-heavy transfer program that prepares students to pursue a bachelor's degree in forensic lab science or chemistry, which is required for professionals working in the area of crime scene investigation and analysis of evidence.

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The Forensic Science Associate of Science (A.S.) degree provides the foundation for students who plan to pursue a bachelor's or a master's degree in forensic science. The program combines a science curriculum with hands-on experience in the collection, processing and analysis of physical evidence in criminal cases. The incorporation of physical science, criminal investigation and the law provides a comprehensive understanding of the evidentiary process. Students learn investigative techniques and data analysis coupled with critical-thinking, verbal and written communication skills that are essential for the constantly evolving forensic science disciplines. The Forensic Science A.S. degree program articulates with the University of Baltimore and the University of Maryland University College. Before registering for forensic science courses, students, including those with bachelor's or advanced degrees, should consult with program faculty or an academic adviser and also should check with the four-year institution to which they plan to transfer. Individuals with a bachelor's degree may work as crime scene technicians or laboratory examiners for federal, state or local law enforcement agencies or private crime laboratories.

Curriculum

Learning Foundations Overall Requirements
General Education - Mathematics
  • Complete MAT-1350.
General Education - Science for FOS
General Education - Social Sciences for FOS
General Education - Information Technology
18 Credits At the 2000 Level
  • You must take at least 18 credits of 2000-level courses in order to graduate in this program. Courses listed below count toward that requirement.

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Department

Ms. Laura Ellsworth, Chair

Address:

Bladen Hall, Room 208 F

Phone:

(301) 322-0553

Fax:

(301) 583-5280

Email us:

ELLSWOLR@pgcc.edu

Contact Information

Enrollment Services, Bladen Hall Room 125

Phone:

(301) 322-0864

Email us:

enrollmentservices@pgcc.edu