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Crime Scene Investigation Program - Criminal Justice - Associate in Applied Science

This program offers an in-depth study in legal issues, fundamental principles, and investigative techniques used in criminal investiga­tions, crime-scene processing, and case preparation. The Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) emphasis is designed for the student who is interested in seeking employment with a law-enforcement agency and, after academy training and probation, applying within his or her agency for a position in investigations or with a crime-scene unit. The CSI program is also designed for the current law-enforcement officer who is seeking additional education or training for advancement or as a member of an investigative unit or a crime-scene unit. 

Students learn the basic principles of criminal investigations, crime-scene process, case preparation, and forensic-science techniques, applications, and equipment from both a theoretical perspective in the classroom and through hands-on field training. The program concludes with an intensive capstone course in which students develop education portfolios based on previous coursework and a 135-hour internship involving activities that require the application of concepts taught throughout the program. 

For more information, contact:

Dr. Dan Wysong (843) 349-5326

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Career Outlook

The scientific advances in techniques, procedures, processes, and equipment in criminal investigations and the need for specialized knowledge and skills to successfully investigate crimes and crime scenes has created a demand for highly educated and trained employees, especially in the rapidly advancing fields of criminal investigations and crime scene investigations.

Jobs for forensic-science technicians are expected to increase by 20 percent in the next few years. named forensic-science technicians number 6 in its list of the “ Top 10 Fastest-Growing Fields”. Employment growth in federal, state, and local government agencies is being driven by the increasing application of forensic-science techniques, such as DNA analysis, to examine, solve, and prevent crime.

For more information about careers, visit O*Net Online for an overview of South Carolina and National earnings statistics, and Horry Georgetown Technical College's Career Resource Center for more employment, career, and professional development resources.

Transfer Opportunities

Transfer requirements for senior colleges/universities vary widely; visit for specific information. The transfer courses in this display should be regarded only as suggested courses. Each student is responsible for planning a program of study to meet the requirements of the senior college or university to which the student expects to transfer. Therefore, a student planning to transfer the first two years from HGTC to a senior college or university should visit or or obtain a copy of that institution’s catalog. For specific transfer opportunities, contact the department chair.

Employers of HGTC Alumni Include:

  • Horry County Police Department
  • Myrtle Beach Police Department


Specific Admission Requirements for Program:
  • Criminal Background Check
Course Sequence and Progression Requirements:
A minimum grade of “C” or better is required for all CRJ-prefixed courses for progression and graduation. Most Criminal Justice (CRJ) courses are offered only once each year, so following the recommended course sequence is extremely important.

Curriculum Sequence

First Semester - Fall    
CPT 101 Introduction to Computers 3
CRJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRJ 115 Criminal Law I 3
CRJ 202 Criminalistics 3
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
  TOTAL 15
Second Semester - Spring    
CRJ 120 Constitutional Law 3
CRJ 125 Criminology 3
CRJ 201 Fingerprint Science  3
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
MAT 155 Contemporary Mathematics 3
MAT 101 Beginning Algebra  
  TOTAL 15
Third Semester - Summer    
CRJ 203 Forensic Photography 3
CRJ 230 Criminal Investigation I 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
Fourth Semester - Fall    
CRJ 130 Police Administration 3
CRJ 220 Judicial Process 3
CRJ 229 Bloodstain Pattern Analysis 3
PSY 201 General Psychology 3
SPC 205 Public Speaking 3
  TOTAL 15
Fifth Semester - Spring    
CRJ 235 Practical Crime Scene Investigation 3
CRJ 236 Criminal Evidence 3
CRJ 242 Correctional Systems 3
CRJ 260 Seminar in Criminal Justice 3
HIS History Elective* 3
  TOTAL 15



*Approved History Elective courses: HIS 101, HIS 102, HIS 201, or HIS 202