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Forensic Technology - AAS

Forensic Technology
Effective term: 
2013 Fall
Final term: 
Total credits required: 
Program Availability: 
College Specific
Award type: 

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Forensic Technology program is designed to prepare students for entry level positions in the fields of forensics technology. It provides practitioners in the field of evidence technology with the opportunity for academic growth and development in their specialized fields.

Program notes: 

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

++ indicates any suffixed courses. Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should contact the Advisement Center for specific information about the general education requirements.

Admission criteria: 


AJS101Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
AJS109Substantive Criminal Law 3
AJS210Constitutional Law 3
AJS213Evidence Technology/Fingerprints 3
AJS215Criminalistics: Physical Evidence 3
AJS216Criminalistics: Biological Evidence 3
AJS241Police Photography 3
AJS260Procedural Criminal Law 3
AJS275Criminal Investigation I 3
AJS290BNCourtroom Testimony Seminar 1
Restricted Electives
AJS+++++ Any AJS Administration of Justice Studies course(s) except courses used to satisfy Required Courses area. 7-10
General Education
General Education RequirementCredits 22-25
General Education CoreCredits 12-15
First-Year CompositionCredits 6
First-Year Composition
Any approved general education course from the First-Year Composition area. 6
Oral CommunicationCredits 3
Oral Communication
Any approved general education course from the Oral Communication area.
Critical ReadingCredits 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by Assessment (0) 0-3
MathematicsCredits 3
Any approved general education course from the Mathematics area.
General Education DistributionCredits 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits 3
Any approved general education course from the Humanities and Fine Arts area.
AJS123is recommended.
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits 3
Any approved general education course from the Social and Behavioral Sciences area.
AJS200OR AJS225 OR AJS270 is recommended.
Natural SciencesCredits 4
CHM130Fundamental Chemistry (3) AND
CHM130LLFundamental Chemistry Laboratory (1) OR
CHM151General Chemistry I (3) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1) OR
satisfactory completion of higher level chemistry course with
laboratory 4
  1. Identify and describe the major components of the criminal justice process. (AJS101)
  2. Describe governmental structure and its relationship to the criminal justice system. (AJS101)
  3. Trace the historical development of common and statutory law. (AJS109)
  4. List and describe elements necessary to prove the corpus delicti of criminal acts as found in the common law and the Arizona Revised Statutes. (AJS109)
  5. Describe the major rules of evidence, including the Opinion Rule, Hearsay Rules (and its exceptions), Best Evidence Rule, the Exclusionary Rule, and the rules regarding privileged communications. (AJS109, AJS260)
  6. Identify and describe the basic provisions of Amendments I, II, IV, V, VI, VIII, and XIV of the U.S. Constitution. (AJS210)
  7. Classify fingerprints using the Henry System and National Crime Information Center System. (AJS213)
  8. Take and record fingerprints. (AJS213)
  9. Apply the fundamental principles of fingerprint identification. (AJS213)
  10. Develop and lift latent prints using both powders and chemical methods. (AJS213)
  11. Collect and preserve physical evidence. (AJS215)
  12. Describe functions of a crime laboratory. (AJS215)
  13. Identify common drugs. (AJS216)
  14. Photograph basic accident and crime scenes and specific items of evidence using appropriate photographic techniques. (AJS241)
  15. Describe the process to develop and print film. (AJS241)
  16. Describe procedural criminal law requirements and their effect on the criminal justice system. (AJS260)
  17. Describe the criminal procedure for arrest, search, and seizure. (AJS260)
  18. Identify principles of law which have evolved from "landmark" decisions appertaining to criminal justice. (AJS260)
  19. Identify and describe the goals and objectives of criminal investigation. (AJS275)
  20. Describe criminal investigation and list the appropriate steps to be undertaken during the investigation of specific crimes. (AJS275)
  21. Describe courtroom demeanor and protocol including the role and primary functions of witnesses and legal counsel. (AJS290BN)