Forensic Science Specialization
The following is a description of current program requirements. Students who enrolled previously should consult the catalog for the year in which they began the program, and/or their advisor.
Science Forensic Science Specialization
Associate of Science Degree
Four semesters (two-year) program
The associate of science degree program with specialization in forensic science is designed to introduce students to the many disciplines available within the field while providing a basic foundation to pursue specific areas of interest at a four-year college or university. Upon graduation with a forensic science specialization associate degree, students can obtain employment as forensic science technician or a records officer. Students who obtain a baccalaureate degree or higher in forensic science can pursue a career in a laboratory as a forensic analyst or in the field as an investigator with a crime scene unit. This program is designed for a broad range of students including ENG nursing, biology, criminal law, law enforcement and HIS other allied health programs.
The associate of arts and sciences (AA&S) and associate of science (AS) degrees offered by LFCC are designed to provide freshman and sophomore level course work toward the completion of a bachelor’s degree. The AA&S and AS degree programs require students to take essentially the same courses as required by their university/four-year college counterparts in the areas of English, health/physical education, humanities, mathematics, science and social science.
To help facilitate the transfer process, LFCC has created an online ‘Transfer Guide’ that provides detailed information such as tuition, GPA, application requirements, course equivalents, and other information that may be useful in the transfer process. The transfer guide can found at www.lfcc.edu/transfer. The Virginia Community College System also offers a Transfer Planning Tool on the Virginia Educational Wizard, which can be found at www.vawizard.org.
Students should begin preparing for transfer as early as possible. Steps in this process include: making a career decision, identifying colleges which offer the intended program of study, examining available transfer information and college catalogs, exploring Guaranteed Admissions and Transfer agreements, talking with transfer representatives, identifying program prerequisites, researching the academic competitiveness of the institutions and program under consideration, attending open house events offered by the colleges and exploring financial aid and housing opportunities.
LFCC offers many services and programs to assist the transfer student. Students are encouraged to seek the assistance of an advisor or counselor to gain additional information to plan a successful transfer experience.