Criminal Justice Technology – Forensic Science

Forensic Science is a concentration under the curriculum of Criminal Justice Technology, which focuses on the application of the physical, biomedical, and social sciences to the analysis and evaluation of physical evidence, human testimony and criminal suspects. Study will focus on local, state, and federal law enforcement, evidence processing and procedures.

Students will learn both theory and hands-on analysis of latent evidence. They will learn fingerprint classification, identification, and chemical development. Students will record, cast, and recognize footwear and tire-tracks; and process crime scenes. Issues and concepts of communications and the use of computers and computer assisted design programs in crime scene technology will be discussed.

Graduates should qualify for employment in a variety of criminal justice organizations especially in local, state, and federal law enforcement, and correctional agencies.
The courses in the first year will be offered either in traditional or hybrid formats, with the exception of ACA 115. After the first year, courses may also be delivered in an online format. For more information, please contact the program coordinator.

Because the use of computers is integral to this curriculum, some courses are delivered in an online and hybrid format.

*Courses eligible for credit to students successfully completing a Basic Law Enforcement Training course, accredited by the North Carolina Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Education and Training Standards Commission. Students must have completed Basic Law Enforcement Training since 1985.


Estimated Program Expenses

Tuition* $5,624.00 $19,832.00
Student Activity Fee $175.00 $175.00
Technology Fee $240.00 $240.00
General Education Course fees $0-100.00 $0-100.00
Textbooks $4,600.00 $4,600.00

*Program credit hours: 74 – $76.00 per credit hour in-state tuition, $268.00 per credit hour out-of-state tuition.


Contact Information

Dave Reece, Coordinator/Professor
230 Van Dusen Hall