UC Clermont

Criminal Justice Technology : Forensics

Associate of Applied Science

Why study Criminal Justice Technology : Forensics?

Forensic science uses the principles and theories of science and mathematics to solve crimes and help invent and improve detection methods and identification processes.

Forensic field technicians investigate crimes by collecting and analyzing physical evidence at the scene. Often they specialize in areas such as DNA analysis or firearm examination, performing tests on weapons or on substances such as fiber, glass, hair, tissue and body fluids to determine their significance to the investigation. Forensic field technicians also prepare reports to document the laboratory techniques used and the results. They provide information and expert opinion to investigators. When criminal cases come to trial, they often give testimony, as expert witnesses, on specific laboratory findings by identifying and classifying substances, materials and other evidence collected at the scene of a crime.

Admission Requirements

This program is open to all students with a high school diploma or GED and the desire to succeed in college. Although admission is open, students accepted into the program must meet the academic standards of the program to advance to upper levels of study.

As a first-year student, you will need to take an English and mathematics placement test if you have not obtained the minimum ACT/SAT score required for exemption. These tests do not affect your admission; however, the results are essential for your proper placement in classes. You must complete placement tests before you register for English or mathematics courses. All placement tests are given free of charge.

While there are no special admissions requirements for the forensics program, you should be aware that most employment in the field will require fingerprinting and a background check. Felony conviction, domestic violence conviction or multiple DUI convictions will very likely prevent your employment in forensics.

Communication skills are important, and you should be able to work well with others because teamwork is common. Organizational ability, an eye for detail and skill in interpreting scientific results are important as well. A high mechanical aptitude, attention to detail and analytical thinking are all crucial characteristics. A solid academic background in science (chemistry, biology, etc.) is essential for an easy transition into this science-heavy program.

If you specialize in forensics, you may pursue several different careers. Some of your opportunities for employment include the following:

  • forensic lab technician
  • lab manager
  • crime scene investigator

If you complete your bachelor’s degree, you will have more career choices.

Minors are not available in forensics.

If you are a pre-biology or pre-chemistry major and you intend to enter forensics after earning your bachelor’s degree, you may wish to discuss adding the forensics certificate to your program with your advisor. Adding the certificate will extend your degree completion by a year.

Academic advising is an essential part of your educational experience.

We are committed to providing advice and assistance throughout your academic journey. You and your advisor work together to create an academic plan based on your goals.

Questions? Email us at clermont.advising@uc.edu or call 513-732-5205 to schedule an appointment.

The UC Clermont campus is located on 91 wooded acres in Batavia, Ohio, in the heart of Clermont County. Our faculty-to-student ratio is low. You will find small class sizes and personal interaction with your instructors create the ideal learning environment. Parking is convenient and at no additional charge. Plus, our tuition is the lowest of the UC colleges.

Our forensics program meets the hiring and promotion standards for a growing number of law enforcement agencies in the eastern Cincinnati area. Our technical advisory committee, consisting of leaders in the local law enforcement community, helps assure that our curriculum meets your career needs. The program coordinator and criminal justice faculty are available for academic advising and career counseling. You will have opportunities to interact with the heads of various justice agencies through class exercises, guest speakers and special seminars. We place extra emphasis on helping you develop the writing and testing skills necessary to assure your successful placement.

If you are working toward your bachelor’s degree, you may consider professional certification by the American Board of Criminalistics.

UC Clermont's Academic Success Center is committed to helping students become successful, independent learners through partnerships that promote individual interests and abilities. We encourage and support opportunities for self-discovery in an informal environment that promotes academic skill development.

The best students recognize that they can sometimes use a little extra help to achieve their academic goals. Seeking tutoring is a responsible choice, demonstrating that students care about their academics enough to go the extra mile to succeed. Stop by the ASC in Jones 104 and meet our highly trained team of tutors who are ready and willing to assist you.

You must complete an application for degree the semester before you expect to graduate. You should see your advisor in the Advising Center for assistance. 

We accept transfer applications all year long, and you may start any semester, provided your transcripts arrive in time to be evaluated before the start of the semester you wish to attend.

If you have not taken college-level mathematics or English, you will need to take the placement test.

Other UC students may transfer into Clermont College by completing the application for change in college and program. You are urged to see your advisor before transferring into a different major to minimize any impact on your degree progress.

While there are no special admissions requirements for the forensics program, you should be aware that most employment in the field will require fingerprinting and a background check. Felony conviction, domestic violence conviction or multiple DUI convictions will very likely prevent your employment in forensics.

Application Deadlines

For specific deadline information, visit the Admissions webpage.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

Admissions
Clermont College
4200 Clermont College Drive
Batavia, OH 45103
(513) 732-5319
clermont.admissions@uc.edu