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Forensic Technology Associate in Science and Certificate of Achievement

Students planning careers in Administration of Justice may elect a program from the four options that follow: Law Enforcement, Corrections, Forensic Technology or Security Management. The programs are designed to meet lower division university transfer, job entry, or promotion requirements, depending on student need.

Students seeking employment with local, state or federal law enforcement agencies specialize in Law Enforcement. Students seeking careers in a jail or prison system, parole, probation or certain aspects of social work may specialize in Corrections. Students who desire a career in scientific criminal investigation and in crime laboratories may specialize in Forensic Technology. Students interested in government, homeland defense, or corporate security, should pursue the Security Management area of emphasis.

The Administration of Justice Department also offers a Police Academy, Corrections Academy, Security Academy, and Public Safety Dispatch course.

Career Opportunities

  • Adjudicator/Judge1
  • Arson Investigator
  • Bar Examiner1
  • Correctional Officer
  • Crime Lab/Forensic Technician
  • Dispatcher
  • District Attorney1
  • Lawyer/Prosecutor/Public Defender1
  • Evidence Technician/Specialist
  • Federal Law Enforcement1
    • Border Patrol Agent1
    • FBI1
    • Immigration and Customs Enforcement
    • Postal Inspector
    • Transportation Security Administration Officer
    • Treasury Agent1
    • Secret Service1
    • U.S. Marshall1
  • Fingerprint Examiner
  • Forensic Scientist1
  • Forensic Specialist
  • Fraud/Forgery Investigator
  • Latent Print Examiner
  • Parole/Probation Officer
  • Police Officer/Deputy Sheriff/Highway Patrol
  • Security Director*
  • Security Manager
  • Security Officer
  • Traffic Officer

Bachelor’s Degree or higher is usually required.

The Program-level Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) below are outcomes that students will achieve after completing specific degree / certificate requirements in this program. Students will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge, skills, and abilities relevant to the AOJ certificate / degree program completed.
  2. Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior.
  3. Communicate effectively, in written, verbal and non-verbal forms.
  4. Identify the major components of the criminal justice system, current and historical, including laws enforcement, courts and corrections.
  5. Describe and/or demonstrate the stages of a criminal investigation and the protocol of evidence collection, preservation, and analysis.

Associate Degree Major Requirements

AOJ-110Introduction to Administration of Justice3
AOJ-148Fingerprint Identification3
AOJ-150Forensic Photography4
AOJ-200Criminal Law3
AOJ-206Criminal Investigation3
AOJ-218Crime Scene Technology4
AOJ-220Forensic Analysis4
AOJ-240Community and the Justice System3
AOJ-252Advanced Forensic Photography4
AOJ-254Advanced Fingerprint Identification3
BIO-120Principles of Biology4
Select one of the following:4
Forensic Chemistry
Fundamentals of Chemistry
Preparation for General Chemistry
Total Units42

Plus General Education and Elective Requirements

Recommended Electives

AOJ-224Forensic Public Service Internship2

Certificate of Achievement

Any student who chooses to complete only the courses required for the above major qualifies for a Certificate of Achievement in Administration of Justice: Forensics Technology. An official request must be filed with the Admissions and Records Office prior to the deadline as stated in the Academic Calendar.