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.

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

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL MSA Average

Florida Average

Projected employment for Florida

2016 Employment

1,540

2026

1,880

Percent Change

22

Projected Job Openings

230

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 2019 (565)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2019 (565), 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 Leadership Information

publicsafetyadvising@spcollege.edu -

Lynn Ernst
Lead Instructor, AC
(727) 341-4508
ernst.lynn@spcollege.edu


Brian Frank
Dean, AC
(727) 341-4503


Program Summary

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.

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Florida CIP Code

1743010600:

Federal CIP Code

43.0106: Forensic Science and Technology.


Admission Rules

1. Complete SPC application.
2. Take SPC placement test.
3. Attend an advising session with program director, faculty member or SEPSI advisor.

Graduation Rules

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

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Composition I coursework below. 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
Communications - Speech

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Speech coursework . Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Humanities and Fine Arts

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Humanities and Fine Arts coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Mathematics

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Mathematics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Social and Behavioral Sciences

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences 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
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.

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
CGS 1070 Basic Computer and Information Literacy 1
CGS 1100 Computer Applications 3
CGS 1309 Computer and Information Technology Concepts 3
EME 2040 Introduction to Educational Technology 3
MUM 1001 Apple Macintosh Foundations 1

SUPPORT COURSES
Criminal Justice (Complete 3 credits)

CCJ 1020 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3

SUPPORT COURSES
Human Anatomy (Complete 3 credits)

BSC 1083 Human Anatomy 3

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 1

MAJOR CORE COURSES
Complete 28 credits

CJE 1640 Introduction to Crime Scene Technology 3
CJE 1643 Advanced Crime Scene Technology 3
CJE 2644 Crime Scene Safety 3
CJE 2645 Introduction to Forensic Science 3
+ CJE 2671 Latent Fingerprint Development 3
CJE 2672 Fingerprint Classification 3
CJE 2676 Biological Evidence 3
+ CJL 2610 Courtroom Presentation of Scientific Evidence 3
CJE 2673C Crime Scene Photography 4

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

Total Credits 60

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