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Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2014 (490)
The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2014 (490), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.
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The goal of this program is to prepare successful students for employment in the field of criminalistics with a specialty in Crime Scene Technology. The student can serve in, but is not limited to, a position as a Crime Scene Technician, Crime Scene Photographer, Fingerprint Classification Specialist, Crime Lab Assistant, Investigator/Consultant, Juvenile Assessment Worker, Latent Print Examiner/Trainee, Fire Inspector/Investigator, Forensic Science Specialist and Property and Evidence Personnel. Crime Scene Technologists can be employed by Local, State and Federal law enforcement agencies, State Attorneys' Offices, Public Defenders' Offices, Medical Examiners' Offices, law firms and private industry.
The content includes, but is not limited to, a working knowledge of all basic tenets in crime scene technology encompassed in the phases of crime scene search, recording, evidence gathering, packaging of evidence and courtroom testimony. The goal is the proper collection of crime scene evidence according to all legal dictates for presentation in court.
Reinforcement of basic skills in English, mathematics, and science appropriate for the job preparatory program is provided through vocational classroom instruction and applied laboratory procedures and practice.
Laboratory and field experiences are an integral part of this program. Students will participate in mock crime scene exercises, moot court hearings and various lab experiences that involve the processing of evidence.
The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)
If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.
If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.
Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.
1. Complete SPC application.
2. Take SPC placement test.
3. Attend an advising session with program director, faculty member or SEPSI advisor.
1. A grade of "C" or better in all designated specialty courses in this program.
2. Completion of an End-of-Program Assessment Examination.
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSCommunications - Composition
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSCommunications - Literature
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSCommunications - Speech
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSHumanities and Fine Arts
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSMathematics
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSSocial and Behavioral Sciences
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSEthics
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSEnhanced World View
SUPPORT COURSESComputer and Information Literacy Competency (Complete 1 credit)
SUPPORT COURSESCriminal Justice (Complete 3 credits)
SUPPORT COURSESHuman Anatomy (Complete 3 credits)
SUPPORT COURSESPhysical Science (Select 3 credits)
SUPPORT COURSESElective (Select 1 credit)
MAJOR CORE COURSESComplete 28 credits
+ Courses CJL 2610 and CJE 2671 should be taken during the student's last semester.
St. Petersburg College was one of the first regionally accredited colleges in the U.S. to offer an associate in science degree and professional certificate program in Crime Scene Technology.
Our Associate in Science degree prepares you to work in crime scene investigations and to earn your bachelor's degree in Public Safety Administration at SPC. The A.S. degree gives you a working knowledge of crime scene technology and a chance to participate in lab and field experiences, mock crime scene exercises and moot court hearings.
Our Crime Scene Technology Certificate is part of our A.S. Degree in Crime Scene Technology, which transfers to our bachelor's degree in Public Safety Administration.
Our program prepares you to work as a forensic science technician in the field of crime scene investigations, with a specialty in crime scene technology.
With our certificate and A.S. degree in Crime Scene Technology you learn to:
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