May 23, 2024  
2019-20 Gaston College Catalog 

Criminal Justice Technology - Forensic Science, A.A.S. (A5518C)

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This Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree is a two-year program that prepares students for the workforce. However, there are some senior institutions where all or part of this degree is accepted as the first two years of a four-year program.  Students interested in pursuing a four-year degree should consult an advisor.

Forensic Science is a concentration under the curriculum of Criminal Justice Technology, which focuses on the application of the physical, biomedical, and social sciences to the analysis and evaluation of physical evidence, human testimony and criminal suspects. Study will focus on local, state, and federal law enforcement, evidence processing and procedures.

Students will learn both theory and hands-on analysis of latent evidence. They will learn fingerprint classification, identification, and chemical development. Students will record, cast, and recognize footwear and tire-tracks; and process crime scenes. Issues and concepts of communications and the use of computers and computer assisted design programs in crime scene technology will be discussed.

Graduates should qualify for employment in a variety of criminal justice organizations especially in local, state, and federal law enforcement, and correctional agencies.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:

  1. Identify the roles and interrelationships between the principal components of the criminal justice system (law enforcement, the courts, parole, juvenile justice system, and corrections).
  2. Describe criminal law and the elements of various crimes.
  3. Interpret the constitutional rights of those accused of crimes and the related restrictions on law enforcement.
  4. Identify investigation procedures and techniques utilized in the criminal justice system.
  5. Complete a search warrant application and seized item inventory.
  6. Demonstrate proper crime scene techniques in the securing, searching, handling, collection, and preservation of evidence.

Course Selection Information

Students, to help you progress in your degree program, take prerequisite courses along with English and Math early in your academic career. This will align you for greater success in completing your program of study. Click on the courses listed below to ensure you are aware of prerequisites. The order shown below under the student program priorities is a guide.

Student Program Priorities:

  1. CJC 111 CJC 221 CJC 231 CJC 245  



Total Program Hours: 64


Students successfully completing a Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) course accredited by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Education and Training Standards Commission will receive 13 hours credit for CJC 131-Criminal Law, CJC 132-Court Procedures and Evidence, CJC 221-Investigative Principles and CJC 231-Constitutional Law.

Students may complete up to six hours credit from WBL courses.  Please contact the Work-Based Learning office for more information.

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