Crime Scene Fundamentals Certificate (CZ31)

The Crime Scene Fundamentals Technical Certificate of Credit begins to introduce students to various careers in the rapidly growing field of forensic science. Students will gain introductory exposure to knowledge and skills that may encourage further academic preparation in careers in forensic technology in areas such as crime scene investigation, death investigation, laboratory technology, evidence technology, forensic computer science, and general forensic science or criminal justice fields.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the Crime Scene Fundamentals certificate program are prepared for entry-level positions related to crime scene investigation, general forensic science, and criminal justice fields.

Admissions Criteria

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Meet the following assessment requirements:
Test Reading Writing Numerical Algebra
Accuplacer 36 30 23 NA
Accuplacer (Next Gen) 218 222 223 NA
Compass 70 32 26 NA
SAT 16 15 18 NA
SAT 270 280 310 NA
ACT 14 13 14 NA
ASSET 37 38 32 NA
PSAT 16 15 18 NA
GED NA 145 145 NA
TABE 461 NA 442 NA

Crime Scene Fundamentals Curriculum

The Crime Scene Fundamentals certificate program is designed for the semester system. A student may enter the program any semester. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 12 semester credit hours. The program requires a minimum of 240 contact hours and generally takes 1 semester to complete.

Additional Notes

Conviction of a felony or certain misdemeanors may prohibit employment in the law enforcement field.

Program Courses

Occupational Courses (12 Credits)

COLL 1010College & Career Success Skills


CRJU 1010Intro to Criminal Justice


CRJU 1062Methods of Criminal Investigation


CRJU 1063Crime Scene Processing


Program Costs

Tuition ($100 per credit hour): $1,200

Fees ( $385 per semester): $385

Books/Supplies: $750

Course Supply Fees: Crime Scene Investigation 

(Costs are estimates and are subject to change.)