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Crime Scene Technician Certificate

Purpose: This course provides the student with the goals and principles of physical evidence and defines the application of forensic sciences to the criminal investigation. It identifies the goals of crime scene management and provides the methodologies employed in recording the crime scene and in locating, collecting, and preserving the evidence. The importance and procedures for establishment of the chain of custody are presented, as are the methods utilized for requesting lab analysis of the recovered items of evidence. Emphasis is placed on providing each student with hands-on experience with lecture.

Program Requirements: A certificate student takes twenty seven (27-33) hours of prescribed courses. Upon successful completion of the approved course work, the student will be awarded a Crime Scene Certificate.

Course Number Course Title Credits
CJSA 1308 or Criminalistics I 3
CRIJ 2314 Criminal Investigation
CJSA 2323 Criminalistics II 3
CJSA 2332 Criminalistics III 3
CRIJ 1301 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRIJ 1306 Court Systems and Practices 3
CRIJ 1310
or CJLE 1506
Fundamentals of Criminal Law or 
Basic Peace Officer I (Police Academy)
CRIJ 2323
or CJLE 1512
Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement or 
Basic Peace Officer II (Police Academy)
CRIJ 2328
or CJLE 1518
Police Systems and Practices or 
Basic Peace Officer III (Police Academy)

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