Forensic Science, Science Transfer Pattern, Associate of Science

This degree pattern is designed to prepare students to transfer to colleges and universities that offer a four-year degree with a major in Forensic Science. Beyond the General Education requirements and options, this pattern should be considered in light of the requirements of the selected transfer institution. The courses shown are typically required to transfer to Forensic Science Programs at the University of Baltimore and Mountain State University (West Virginia). Students planning to transfer to other colleges should consult with a transfer coordinator or an advisor at the transfer institution for information about specific requirements.

Criminal Justice:
Students interested in the fields of law enforcement, criminalistics, juvenile services, private security, parole and probation, corrections and law should consider the Criminal Justice program listed in the Programs of Study sections of this catalog. The CCBC Criminal Justice program does not prepare a student for a career in the forensic sciences.

Program objectives

Upon successful completion of this transfer pattern, students will be able to:

  1. apply forensic science and biological principles required for entry into a four-year degree program at a college of university with a Forensic Science degree;
  2. make and record observations and accurate measurements in an investigative laboratory setting using the scientific method;
  3. communicate the results of laboratory investigations, orally and in writing, in a thorough and accurate manner;
  4. use technology to gather and analyze data and/or to perform calculations used in the study of forensic science; and
  5. develop and apply scientific literacy to forensic science.

Total Number of Credits Required for Degree: 60*

Semester Sequence

This is a suggested full-time schedule for a student who has completed any developmental course work and has no transfer credits. Refer to the College catalog for specific requirements in selecting General Education Courses.

Semester 1*

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

Important Information

Short Description

The forensic science program at CCBC provides you with a specialization in forensic investigation as it relates to crime. Students learn investigative techniques and data analysis coupled with critical-thinking, verbal and written communication skills that are essential for the constantly evolving forensic science disciplines.

Type of Credential

Associate of Science (A.S.) in Science
Transfer Pattern - Forensic Science

Program Code

P 156

Contacts and Additional Information

Coordinators for Biological Sciences:

Catonsville Coordinator: August 15 - June 15
Encarni Trueba
443-840-4682 or etrueba@ccbcmd.edu

Dundalk Coordinator: August 15 - June 15
Robin Minor
443-840-3756 or rminor@ccbcmd.edu

Essex Coordinator and Department Chair (all campuses): year-round
Christine DeStefano
443-840-2673 or cdestefano@ccbcmd.edu

Assistant Dean for Science (all campuses): year-round
David O'Neill
443-840-2663 or doneill@ccbcmd.edu

Additional Information:

Courses Needed for This Transfer Pattern*

General Education Requirements and Electives - 30 Credits

General Education Requirements:
General Education Electives:

Choose courses in each category from the list of approved General Education courses. One course must be a Diversity course.

  • Arts and Humanities 3 Credits.
  • Mathematics: MATH 165 or MATH 251 4 Credits.
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences 6 Credits.

Program Requirements and Electives - 30 Credits

Program Requirements:
Program Electives:

Choose 10 credits.

Notes

*Credit students who are new to college (no successfully completed transferable college credits from other institutions) are required to take ACDV 101 - Academic Development: Transitioning to College. This 1-credit course is designed to be taken in the first semester at CCBC. Students must provide an official transcript(s) from an accredited institution to document successful completion of college coursework for the ACDV 101 requirement to be waived.

**In order to take CHEM 131, students must have done one of the following:

  • Completed CHEM 107 and CHEM 108 with a grade of C or better, OR
  • Passed the Chemistry placement exam and completed or tested out of (ENGL 052 and RDNG 052) or ACLT 052, and MATH 083, OR
  • Received permission from the Physical Sciences department chair.

***In order to take PHYS 151, students must have completed MATH 251 with a C or higher and done one of the following:

  • Completed high school Physics, OR
  • Completed PHYS 101 with a grade of C or better, OR
  • Received permission from the Physical Sciences department chair.
 Note: Students who plan to transfer to a bachelor's program should seek recommendations for their CCBC coursework from Department and transfer coordinators of the institutions to which they intend to transfer. The courses listed above meet the transfer requirements of the University of Baltimore and Mountain State University (West Virginia); however, students generally are required to meet other requirements such as an overall B average, a B or better in all Science courses, a clean criminal record, no history of drug use, and ability to pass a polygraph test and background check.