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College of Public Safety Administration

Associate in Science

Crime Scene Technology

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.

Florida CIP Code

1743010600:

Federal CIP Code

43.0106: Forensic Science and Technology.


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

3
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.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Communications - Literature

3
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.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Communications - Speech

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

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AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Humanities and Fine Arts

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

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AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Mathematics

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

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AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Social and Behavioral Sciences

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

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AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Ethics

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

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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.

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

1
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.
Basic Computer and Information Literacy
1
Computer Applications
3
Computer and Information Technology Concepts
3
Introduction to Educational Technology
3
Apple Macintosh Foundations
1

SUPPORT COURSES
Criminal Justice (Complete 3 credits)

Introduction to Criminal Justice
3

SUPPORT COURSES
Human Anatomy (Complete 3 credits)

Human Anatomy
3

SUPPORT COURSES
Physical Science (Select 3 credits)

3
Any approved science course with a CHM, ESC, GLY or PHY prefix

SUPPORT COURSES
Elective (Select 1 credit)

1
Any one credit elective course

MAJOR CORE COURSES
Complete 28 credits

Introduction to Crime Scene Technology
3
Advanced Crime Scene Technology
3
Crime Scene Safety
3
Introduction to Forensic Science
3
Latent Fingerprint Development +
3
Fingerprint Classification
3
Biological Evidence
3
Courtroom Presentation of Scientific Evidence +
3
Crime Scene Photography
4

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

60
Total Credits