Crime Scene Technology (AS)

The Associate in Science (AS) Crime Scene Technology program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in the field of criminalistics with a specialty in Crime Scene Technology.

Students who complete the program will be able to locate, preserve, develop, collect, analyze, and present physical evidence relating to the scene of the crime. Students learn the necessary skills to accurately map out, collect and log evidence, develop and preserve fingerprints, write reports, and present courtroom testimony. Students are also prepared to use computerized fingerprint databases, 3D crime scene imaging technology, advanced photography, and laboratory analysis techniques. In addition to class and laboratory training, upon approval, internship opportunities are available that will allow the student to experience first-hand the job skills required in the field of crime scene investigation. The program is designed for both full-time and part-time students.

The graduate can be employed in positions such as Crime Scene Technician, Crime Scene Photographer, Fingerprint Examiner and Classification Specialist, Crime Scene Lab Assistant, and Crime Scene Unit Supervisor. Crime Scene Technologists are a employed by law enforcement agencies, state attorneys' offices, public defender offices, medical examiner offices, law firms, investigative agencies, and private industry.

Continuing Toward a Baccalaureate Degree

There are many opportunities for more advanced education. For example, Graduates of the AS, Crime Scene Technology Degree can matriculate into the BAS, Public Safety Administration Degree at Florida SouthWestern State College. Graduates of the AS, Crime Scene Technology program can also pursue Bachelor’s Degrees in Criminal Justice, Law, Public Safety Administration, Public Administration, and other related areas at many local colleges and universities as well as those located throughout the state and country.