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Forensic Science
Program Code: 10-504-4

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Associate Degree: 2 Years, 66 Credits
Appleton Campus/Available Online
Financial Aid Eligible

Career Opportunities

The Forensic Science Associate Degree program is designed to prepare you for entry-level forensic science jobs in the public and private sector. Examples include crime scene technician, crime scene specialist, identification lab technician, evidence custodian, evidence and property specialist, and forensic technicians. Jobs are found in police departments and other government agencies, private investigation firms, private forensic laboratories, and investigation divisions of insurance companies and law firms. Students will learn to identify, document, collect, preserve and analyze physical evidence, including biological evidence such as DNA, as well as fingerprints and footwear impressions, trace evidence, tool marks, and much more.

This program is designed to enable graduates to continue their education at an accredited four-year institution for professional and career growth.

Program Description

The Forensic Science Associate Degree program consists of 68 credits of general studies (emphasizing math and science) and technical studies providing broad exposure to the field. Students may choose a concentration in either physical evidence or digital evidence, and all students participate in an internship, applying their skills and knowledge in a workplace setting.

Program/Plan Admission Requirements

  • Skills assessment
  • High school graduation or equivalent
  • High school transcript or equivalent

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Forensic Science program at FVTC will be able to:

  • Investigate a crime scene.
    • Recognizes potential evidence
    • Protects scene from contamination
    • Protects scene from damage
    • Documents crime scenes with photographs, sketches and CAD
  • Manage and Preserve Evidence.
    • Collects evidence avoiding damage and contamination
    • Packages physical evidence in accordance with accepted procedures
    • Collects digital evidence in accordance with accepted procedures
    • Stores evidence securely and safely
    • Maintains chain of custody
    • Documents collection, packaging, and storage of evidence
  • Analyze Evidence.
    • Follows standard practices to ensure safety of personnel and prevent contamination of evidence
    • Uses standard laboratory procedures to examine and test forensic evidence including fingerprints, footwear impressions, tool marks, biological evidence and trace evidence
    • Uses the scientific method to analyze results of testing and/or examination
  • Communicate Effectively.
    • Takes effective field notes
    • Documents findings in written reports, including incident reports, lab reports and technical reports
    • Delivers written, spoken, and visual communication effectively
  • Demonstrate Professionalism.
    • Demonstrates reliability and proficiency in forensic procedures
    • Carries out assigned responsibilities
    • Complies with the law and legal procedures
    • Display a sense of duty and service
    • Adheres to ethical standards

Program Offered at This Location

  • Appleton—1825 N. Bluemound Drive

Helpful High School Courses

Forensic science requires strong oral and written communication skills in addition to a solid background in math and science. Helpful subjects include spoken and written communication, math, general science, chemistry, physics, and biology.

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For additional information, call Joe LeFevre at (920) 735-4725 or visit Get answers to your most Frequently Asked Questions about Criminal Justice here.

For additional program/admission information, View Program Plan.

Will my credits transfer to a 4-year college?

Students must follow the program curriculum in place at the time of enrollment into the program.
If you have questions, contact your advisor.

2014-15 Educational Program