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Crime Scene Investigation Pathway

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The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Criminal Justice degree pathway is designed to prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions by providing a solid educational foundation through general education credits and elective courses. Earning an Associate in Applied Science degree at HGTC enables students to easily transfer to senior institutions within South Carolina.

 The Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) pathway 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 a full list of Associate in Applied Science degree requirements, please refer to the HGTC College Catalog.

If you are interested in the CSI pathway please consult your academic advisor for assistance.

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Recommended Curriculum Sequence

First Semester - Fall Course Title Semester
Credit Hours
CRJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRJ 115 Criminal Law I 3
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
MAT 155 or MAT 101 Contemporary Mathematics/Beginning Algebra 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 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
PSY 201 General Psychology 3
  TOTAL 15
Third Semester  - Summer    
CRJ 230 Criminal Investigation I 3
CRJ 203 Forensic Photography 3
CRJ 202 Criminalistics 3
  TOTAL 9
Fourth Semester - Fall    
CRJ 130 Police Administration 3
CRJ 220 Judicial Process 3
CRJ 229 Bloodstain Pattern Analysis 3
SPC 205 Public Speaking 3
HIS 102 or HIS 201 Western Civilization Post 1689/American History: Disc to 1877 3
  TOTAL 15
Fifth Semester - Spring    
CRJ 236 Criminal Evidence 3
CRJ 242 Correctional Systems 3
CRJ 260 Seminar in Criminal Justice 3
CRJ 235 Practical Crime Scene Investigation 3
  TOTAL 12
  TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 66