The Forensic Science program is a transfer program that is approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education and ICCB. This program is designed for those students interested in the field of Forensic analytical studies and techniques as they relate to crime solving. In addition, the program will explore the applications of chemistry to the analysis of physical evidence. Included among the topics will be the analysis of drugs, papers and inks, hairs and fibers, paints, arson debris, and explosive residues. State of the art laboratory equipment is implemented. At the end of the program, students will have earned an AS.
The mission of the Forensic Science program is to prepare students for a seamless transfer into a four-year institution to earn a BS or higher degree in applied Forensic Science to further broaden their horizons.
Student Learning Objectives (SLO)
- Students will have extensive knowledge of the educational requirements for various forensic careers
- Students will gain knowledge of various ethical issues facing the forensic society.
- Describe the history of:
- DNA evidence.
- Fingerprint evidence.
- Describe how computer hacking is used in forensics.
- They will be able to identify and interpret important factors at a crime scene.
- The student will be able to generate an accurate and concise forensic report.
- The student will master the technique of evaluating forensic case studies.
- Students will perform and analyze the techniques in the identification and comparison of hair.
- Demonstrate the techniques used and results obtained in the identification of various body fluids.
- Assess the suitability of biological evidence for DNA typing.
- Explain the various DNA typing techniques used in the forensic laboratory.
- Interpret the information provided in a forensic laboratory Biology Section report.
- Assess proper procedures for the analysis of forensic chemical samples.
- Explain the importance of coupling preliminary and confirmatory testing.
- Demonstrate proper practical techniques for chemistry analysis.
Recommended AS Transfer Curriculum for forensic Science
This is only a suggested transfer program and might not be appropriate for every student. Some four-year institutions accept more than 62 credits in transfer to complete requirements in forensic science. Consult the Transfer Center for help in selecting courses appropriate for the program at the college or university where you plan to transfer.
Faculty are available during scheduled office hours to advise students about their courses and program. Peruse some of the offerings in the Life Sciences/Physical Education Department.
All full-time transfer students are required to take OCS 121.
|Overview for College Success||Credits|
|OCS 121||Overview for College Success||1|
|Overview for College Success (OCS 121) is a class that will help you plan and assist you in becoming a better student and support you in your work/life balance. OCS 121 credit is not calculated in the course minimum credit totals listed in this section.|
Minimum General Education (41-48)
|Communications (9)||Semester Hours|
|ENG 101||Composition and Rhetoric||3|
|ENG 102||Composition and Research||3|
|SPE 108||Oral Communication||3|
|Humanities and Fine Arts (9)||9|
|Select from Group II||9|
|Social and Behavioral Science (9)||9|
|PSY 101||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|Select from Group III||9|
|MTH 190||Calculus and Analytic Geometry I||5|
|Physical and Life Science (8-9)||8-9|
|CHM 113||General Chemistry I||5|
|BIO 105||General Biology I||4|
|Area of Concentration/Electives (18-25)|
|FOS 101||Forensic Orientation||3|
|CHM 114||General Chemistry II||5|
|CHM 203||Organic Chemistry I||5|
|CHM 204||Organic Chemistry II||5|
|PHY 101||Mechanics and Heat||4|
|PHY 102||Sound, Light, Electricity, Magnetism and Modern Physics||4|
|The selected electives listed above may satisfy the additional Math and Physical or Life Science courses required for the AS.|
|Minimum for AS Degree||62|