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Crime Scene Technology A.S. Degree

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  • Crime Scene Technology
    Associate in Science

    CST-AS

    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.



    Program Leadership Information

    publicsafetyadvising@spcollege.edu -
    David Brumfield, Lead Instructor, AC, (727) 341-4508
    Brian Frank, Dean, AC, (727) 341-4503

    Program Summary

    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.


    Admission Rules

    1. Complete SPC application.
    2. Take SPC placement test.
    3. Attend an advising session with program director, faculty member or SEPSI advisor.

    Graduation Rules

    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 REQUIREMENTS
    Communications - Composition

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Composition I coursework below. Minimum grade of "C" required. This requirement must be completed within the first 24 credits of coursework toward the AS degree.3

    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Communications - Literature

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Composition II/Literature coursework . Minimum grade of "C" required. This requirement must be completed within the first 36 credits of coursework toward the AS degree.3

    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Communications - Speech

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Speech coursework . Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Humanities and Fine Arts

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Humanities and Fine Arts coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Mathematics

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Mathematics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Social and Behavioral Sciences

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Ethics

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Ethics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Enhanced World View

    Complete at least one 3-credit course intended to enhance the student's world view in light of an increasingly globalized economy. Minimum grade of "C" required. In some cases, this course may also be used to satisfy another General Education Requirement.

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    SUPPORT COURSES
    Computer and Information Literacy Competency (Complete 1 credit)

    Competency may be demonstrated by completing the Computer Information and Literacy Exam (CGS 1070T) OR by successful completion of one of the approved Computer/Information Literacy Competency courses.1
    CGS 1070Basic Computer and Information Literacy1
    CGS 1100Computer Applications3
    CGS 1309Computer and Information Technology Concepts3
    EME 2040Introduction to Educational Technology3

    SUPPORT COURSES
    Criminal Justice (Complete 3 credits)

    CCJ 1020Introduction to Criminal Justice3

    SUPPORT COURSES
    Human Anatomy (Complete 3 credits)

    BSC 1083Human Anatomy3

    SUPPORT COURSES
    Physical Science (Select 3 credits)

    Any approved science course with a CHM, ESC, GLY or PHY prefix3

    SUPPORT COURSES
    Elective (Select 1 credit)

    Any one credit elective course1

    MAJOR CORE COURSES
    Complete 28 credits

    CJE 1640Introduction to Crime Scene Technology3
    CJE 1643Advanced Crime Scene Technology3
    CJE 2644Crime Scene Safety3
    CJE 2645Introduction to Forensic Science3
    +CJE 2671Latent Fingerprint Development3
    CJE 2672Fingerprint Classification3
    CJE 2676CBiological Evidence3
    +CJL 2610Courtroom Presentation of Scientific Evidence3
    CJE 2673CCrime Scene Photography4

    + Courses CJL 2610 and CJE 2671 should be taken during the student's last semester.

    Total Credits60
  • An Education Leader

    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.

    AS iconA well-rounded education

    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.

    Foundation for our bachelor's degree

  • CT to AS to BAS
  • Careers in crime scene technology

    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.

  • What you will learn

    With our certificate and A.S. degree in Crime Scene Technology you learn to:

    • Search a crime scene and gather data
    • Record a crime scene and related evidence
    • Collect and develop evidence
    • Preserve and develop fingerprints
    • Map, measure and log the crime scene
    • Secure a crime scene
    • Present courtroom testimony