UC Clermont

Criminal Justice Tech: Forensics

Undergraduate Certificate

Why study Criminal Justice Tech: 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. Although admission is open, students accepted into the program must meet the academic standards of the program to advance to upper levels of study. Interested students should meet with a UC Clermont College Advising staff member for appropriate advising. Please note: In order to obtain this certificate, 50 percent or more of the required coursework must be taken from UC Clermont College.

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.

With a forensics certificate, you can pursue the employment as a forensic lab technician, lab manager or crime scene investigator.

The following information is provided per U.S. Department of Education regulations: The Department of Labor's standard occupational classification (SOC) code for this occupation is 19-4092. The informational profile for this occupation is published on O*NET OnLine.

Regulations published in the Federal Register on October 29, 2010, require institutions to report certain information about students who enrolled in Title IV eligible educational programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation (GE programs). View this program’s most recent disclosure information including program costs, median loan debt at program completion, normal time to completion and normal time to completion rates, and job placement rate (if reported).

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 ensure that our curriculum meets your career needs. The program coordinator and criminal justice faculty are available for academic advising and career counseling.

Application Deadlines

For specific deadline information, visit the Admissions webpage.

Currently enrolled students should see Advising to add a certificate to their program. Separate application is not required.

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

Contact Information

Clermont College
4200 Clermont College Drive
Batavia, OH 45103
(513) 732-5319

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