Evidence Technology

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Evidence Technology prepares students for careers as police or civilian crime scene technicians. The program provides comprehensive instruction in crime scene photography, fingerprint classification and processing, crime scene investigation and search techniques, collection, packaging, and processing of evidence, chemical processing of evidence, and related skills such as, proper courtroom demeanor.

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Major Code: 
Certificate of Completion (CCL)
Total credits required: 
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses within the program.

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
AJS201Rules of Evidence3
AJS213Evidence Technology/Fingerprints3
AJS214Evidence Technology/Photography (3) OR
AJS241Police Photography (3)3
AJS215Criminalistics: Physical Evidence3
AJS216Criminalistics: Biological Evidence3
AJS275Criminal Investigation I3
AJS290BNCourtroom Testimony Seminar1
  • Use the appropriate techniques to identify, interpret and classify fingerprints and explain the problems associated with the development of latent prints. (AJS213, AJS215)
  • Identify and explain the problems related to the preservation of evidence and the chain of evidence. (AJS213, AJS215, AJS216, AJS201, AJS275)
  • Describe and demonstrate the basic techniques used in crime scene photography. (AJS214, AJS241)
  • Identify and describe the types of equipment used in crime scene photography and demonstrate the appropriate use of each type. (AJS214, AJS241)
  • Identify and use appropriate scientific methods to investigate, recognize, collect and preserve various types of physical evidence. (AJS215, AJS213, AJS275)
  • Explain the reason for the exclusionary rule and describe illegally seized evidence. (AJS201)
  • Identify and use appropriate scientific methods to investigate, recognize, collect and preserve various types of biological evidence. (AJS216, AJS275)
  • Define crime scene and identify and describe the importance of protecting and documenting the crime scene. (AJS275)
  • Conduct him/herself in an appropriate manner in the courtroom and communicate clearly and concisely with the judge and/or jury. (AJS290BN)

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