Sep 19, 2019  
College Catalog 2019-2020 
  
College Catalog 2019-2020

Forensic Science Option, Arts and Science, A.S.


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CONTACT

Beth Butin, 413.552.2305, ebutin@hcc.edu

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Forensic Science Degree is for those who are interested in pursuing a career in a forensic science discipline. Students should expect to transfer to a 4-year school and complete a bachelor’s degree in this or related field to be considered for employment.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Practice good laboratory techniques ensuring safety, quality control, and quality assurance
  • Create well-organized, informed, and effective written reports and scientific articles
  • Supply informed, concise, and unbiased expert witness testimony
  • Properly collect, preserve, and process evidence using various scientific techniques
  • Explain the methods, procedures, and equipment applied to identify and characterize biological and chemical samples

Careers in the field can include: crime scene processing, criminalistics, forensic biology, and forensic chemistry. Students selecting this major should be advised that employers in Forensic Science related occupational fields conduct both CORI (Criminal Offense Record Act) and SORI (Sex Offender Registry Informational) checks pursuant to Chapter 6, Sections 172-178 of the Massachusetts General Laws related regulations.

PROGRAM ELECTIVES: 8 CREDITS


Select one of the following tracks

FORENSIC BIOLOGY TRACK: 8 CREDITS


FORENSIC CHEMISTRY TRACK: 8 CREDITS


FORENSIC TAPHONOMY TRACK: 8 CREDITS


TOTAL: 60 CREDITS


NOTES

Students who do not test into MTH 113  will be required to take additional math credits that could include developmental math courses, MTH 104 , and/or MTH 108 .

Introduction to Forensic Science (FRS 101 ): for degree seeking students only.

The number of credits that may be transferred could exceed those required for this A.S. degree, depending on your chosen transfer insitution.  Students are advised to confer with the Transfer Coordinator or their academic advisor for more information.

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