Forensic Science Transfer Pathway
Mission | Faculty | Outcomes | Coursework
The Forensic Science Transfer Pathway is NOT a program but a selection of courses for those students who wish to transfer into a forensic science program at a four-year institution. Upon completion of recommended science, criminal justice and general education courses, students in this pathway will receive an Associate’s Degree in General Studies. The forensic sciences form a vital part of the criminal justice system. Some of the difference divisions of forensic science have become identified primarily with law enforcement – an image enhanced by television and movies. This is misleading because forensic scientists are involved in all aspects of criminal cases. The forensic scientist’s goal is the evenhanded use of all available information to determine facts, and subsequently, the truth. The forensic scientist’s role in the civil justice arena is expanding. Issues range from questions of the validity of a signature on a will, to a claim of product liability, to questions of whether a corporation is complying with environmental laws, and the protection of constitutionally guaranteed individual rights. Forensic science is a rewarding career where the love of science can be applied to the good of society, public health, and public safety.
Michael R. Emanuel, firstname.lastname@example.org, 860-738-6389
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates should be able to:
1. Understand and employ methods of processing physical evidence from crime scenes.
2. Promote comprehension of the importance of the forensic science laboratory and its role in law enforcement.
3. Create an awareness of the recognition, collection, preservation, and evaluation of physical evidence.
4. Expose students to the latest physical and chemical testing methods and show each method’s value in varied situations.
This is the suggested course sequence for full-time students who aim to graduate in two years.