Associate Degree

Forensic Science Laboratory Technology

An affordable path to prepare for a career in forensic science, this associate’s program transfers to a bachelor’s degree.

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The Associate of Applied Science in Forensic Laboratory Technology degree program is designed to prepare students for entry into the workforce or admission into programs in forensic biology. Forensic laboratory technicians are responsible for analyzing biological evidence as it relates to legal and other investigations, collecting and processing evidence at a crime scene or in a laboratory, and working in a team with other scientists. Students will complete a curriculum with the theoretical backgrounds, practical skills, and scientific techniques utilized in modern crime laboratories. Students will demonstrate skills required of laboratory technologists in criminal investigations through forensic pathology, biological chemistry, human identification and anthropology, molecular biology, and examination of physical evidence.

 

Core Curriculum Requirements for the AAS Degree
Forensic Laboratory Technology concentration degree requirements.

What You Will Learn

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Discuss the role of science in criminal investigation

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Demonstrate proper techniques of observing and documenting a crime scene

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Collect, process, analyze, and evaluate forensic evidence using appropriate laboratory techniques in the modern crime laboratory

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Program Benefit

“Current employment gaps in forensic science are often attributed to a lack of proper education and workforce training.  Positive labor market projections and promising job postings data show an increasing need for forensic professionals.  From 2015 to 2019, the number of forensic science-related associate and bachelor’s degree programs in Georgia remained small.  In Georgia, the Southeast region, and nation, employment in forensic-related positions is expected to grow at above-average rates over the next several years.  Projections indicate a particularly favorable outlook for regional and national forensic science employment, which is expected to grow more than twice as fast as employment across all occupations (Projections Central) https://projectionscentral.org/Projections/LongTerm.  According to JobsEQ, the projected employment growth for Forensic Science Technicians for 2020-2030 is 20.3%, while the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a slightly small projected growth of 16% during the same period (https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/forensic-science-technicians.htm).

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Program Cost

Average Cost for Degree:

$13,230 – 14,406

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Division Chair:

Degree Program Coordinator and Natural Sciences Department Chair:
Randy Elvidge, relvidge@gmc.edu

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