Forensics at Coastal Bend College

The student seeking an AAS in Forensics will receive an industry driven foundation in contemporary Forensic theory and practices. The student will be provided with knowledge of various techniques used to process crime scenes for Forensic evidence, that are common to the profession. Graduates of the program will be competent in how to secure a crime scene, identification of evidence, proper documentation of a crime scene, evidence collection and packaging, types of evidence to look for in different types of crime, the tests available to analyze evidence and Forensic laboratories. The program prepares the student to enter into the field of Forensics as a crime scene tech at the federal, state, or local levels. Additionally, this field of study also prepares the student for entry and intermediate levels in careers in private laboratories as a lab assistant.

Students will develop a knowledge of the Forensic Science profession and associated industries through learning objectives designed both to expose the student to and engage the student in the theory and practices of various classifications and styles of evidence collection. Classroom instruction is combined with critical thinking exercises, practical skills practice, and demonstration. The student will receive instructional curriculum within the CBC Forensic Science that meets or exceeds the basic requirements for crime scene tech.

The student will learn based upon a building block strategy in which the student will achieve through levels of certification towards the final goal of the Associates of Applied Science in Forensic Science. The skills needed to succeed in Forensics include the ability to properly identify and collect evidence. To achieve that goal, the program requires the student to successfully complete Criminalistics I and II courses offered within the course curriculum. Another learning area of industry priority is to identify the various forms of death and the appropriate actions for each.

Program Cost & Highlights:

  • Students will learn various techniques used to process crime scenes for Forensic evidence.
  • Graduates will able to secure a crime scene, identify evidence, proper documentation of a crime scene, evidence collection and packaging, what types of evidence to look for in different types of crime, and tests to analyze evidence.
  • In addition to tuition and fees, students also invest about $300-$500 for uniforms and course materials
  • Financial aid and scholarships are available to those who qualify.

 

Career Outlook:

  • Median hourly wage in the Coastal Bend Region is $30.27*
  • Graduates from our programs launch their careers by working for agencies such as the United States Border Patrol, local police departments and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

 *Data obtained from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Corpus Christi region, 2018.

 

Degrees

Associate of Applied Science- Forensics

Certificate Level I- Forensic Science (21 hours)

Certificate Level I- Fundamentals of Forensic Theory (15 hours)

Occupational Skills Award- Forensic (12 hours)

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