An Education Leader

St. Petersburg College was one of the first regionally accredited colleges in the U.S. to offer an associate in science degree and professional certificate program in Crime Scene Technology.

A well-rounded education at spc

Our Associate in Science Crime Scene Technology degree prepares you to work in crime scene investigations and to earn your bachelor's degree in Public Safety Administration at SPC. The A.S. degree gives you a working knowledge of crime scene technology and a chance to participate in lab and field experiences, mock crime scene exercises and moot court hearings.

All courses in this degree program are offered both face-to-face and online on a regular basis.

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Forensic Science Technicians

Salary Data

Projected employment for Florida

2020 Employment

1,760

2030

2,070

Percent Change

18

Projected Job Openings

260

What you learn in SPC's certificate and A.S. degree in Crime Scene Technology

  • Search a crime scene and gather data
  • Record a crime scene and related evidence
  • Collect and develop evidence
  • Preserve and develop fingerprints
  • Map, measure and log the crime scene
  • Secure a crime scene
  • Present courtroom testimony

Crime Scene Technology Associate in Science

CST-AS
Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2022 (610)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2022 (610), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

Program Summary

Please contact PublicSafetyAdvising@spcollege.edu for questions regarding this program.

This program is offered as a Fully Online program.

The goal of this program is to prepare successful students for employment in the field of criminalistics with a specialty in Crime Scene Technology. The student can serve in, but is not limited to, a position as a Crime Scene Technician, Crime Scene Photographer, Fingerprint Classification Specialist, Crime Lab Assistant, Investigator/Consultant, Juvenile Assessment Worker, Latent Print Examiner/Trainee, Fire Inspector/Investigator, Forensic Science Specialist and Property and Evidence Personnel. Crime Scene Technologists can be employed by Local, State and Federal law enforcement agencies, State Attorneys’ Offices, Public Defenders’ Offices, Medical Examiners’ Offices, law firms and private industry.

The content includes, but is not limited to, a working knowledge of all basic tenets in crime scene technology encompassed in the phases of crime scene search, recording, evidence gathering, packaging of evidence and courtroom testimony. The goal is the proper collection of crime scene evidence according to all legal dictates for presentation in court.

Reinforcement of basic skills in English, mathematics, and science appropriate for the job preparatory program is provided through vocational classroom instruction and applied laboratory procedures and practice.

Laboratory and field experiences are an integral part of this program. Students will participate in mock crime scene exercises, moot court hearings and various lab experiences that involve the processing of evidence.

Graduation Requirements

1. A minimum grade of "C" in all Support and Major courses.
2. Completion of an End-of-Program Assessment Examination.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Communications - Composition- Core
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Composition I coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. This requirement must be completed within the first 24 credits of coursework toward the AS degree.
3
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Communications - Literature
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Composition II/Literature coursework . Minimum grade of "C" required. This requirement must be completed within the first 36 credits of coursework toward the AS degree.
3
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Social and Behavioral Sciences- Core
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. Completing POS 2041 or POS 2041H or AMH 2020 or AMH 2020H will satisfy the course component of the Civic Literacy Requirement.
3
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Humanities and Fine Arts-Core
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Humanities and Fine Arts coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.
3
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Mathematics-Core
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Mathematics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.
3
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Ethics
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Ethics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.
3
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Natural Sciences - Core
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Science coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.
3
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Enhanced World View
Complete at least one 3-credit course intended to enhance the student's world view in light of an increasingly globalized economy. Minimum grade of "C" required. In some cases, this course may also be used to satisfy another General Education Requirement.
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Civic Literacy
Competency may be demonstrated by completing at least one course from the approved General Education Civic Literacy coursework below (minimum grade of "C" required) AND satisfactory completion of an assessment (exam). This requirement is in compliance with Rule 6A-10.02413 of the Florida Administrative Code.
SUPPORT COURSES Computer and Information Literacy Competency (Complete 1 credit)
Competency may be demonstrated by completing the Computer Information and Literacy Exam (CGS 1070T) OR by successful completion of one of the approved Computer/Information Literacy Competency courses.
1
SUPPORT COURSES Criminal Justice (Complete 3 credits)
SUPPORT COURSES Human Anatomy (Complete 3 credits)
Science course recommendation:
Students must complete any approved science course with a CHM, ESC, GLY or PHY prefix and one credit of elective coursework. It is highly suggested students complete the following to satisfy these 4 credits: CHM 1025 and CHM 1025L
SUPPORT COURSES Physical Science (Select 3 credits)
Any approved science course with a CHM, ESC, GLY or PHY prefix
3
SUPPORT COURSES Elective (Select 1 credit)
Any one credit elective course (any prefix)
1

+ Courses CJL 2610 and CJE 2671 should be taken during the student’s last semester.

Total Credits:
60
Academic Pathways The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
  • the recommended order in which to take the program courses
  • suggested course when more than one option exists
  • which semester each course is typically offered
  • if the course has a prerequisite
  • courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)
If you are starting the program this term,
VIEW THE RECOMMENDED ACADEMIC PATHWAY

If you have already started the program,
VIEW THE ARCHIVED ACADEMIC PATHWAYS

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.
Program Leadership Information
Lynn Ernst
Lead Instructor, AC
ernst.lynn@spcollege.edu
727.341.4508
Susan  Demers
Dean

Florida CIP Code

1743040600: Crime Scene Technology ()

Federal CIP Code

43.0406: Forensic Science and Technology

FOUNDATION FOR OUR BACHELOR'S DEGREE

Our Crime Scene Technology Certificate is part of our Associate in Science Degree in Crime Scene Technology. The A.S. degree transfers to our bachelor's degree in Public Safety Administration.

PUBLIC SAFETY ADVANCED TRAINING

If you're looking for training as a current public safety professional or need to meet your mandatory training requirements, SPC offers a wide range of options.

Crime Scene Technology A.S. Degree

Program Admissions

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