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Palm Beach State College

College Catalog 2019-2020

Palm Beach State College

Crime Scene Technology AS

Crime Scene Technology  (2435)

Type of Award
AS - Associate in Science

Program Website

Program Description
This degree program will prepare the student to operate behind the yellow crime scene tape. Crime scene technologists locate, collect, and identify physical evidence used to solve crimes. The student will learn how to properly collect and preserve physical evidence, how to photograph crime scenes and how to reconstruct crime scenes and vehicle accidents.
Course content includes crime scene photography, fingerprint classification, crime scene safety and biological evidence.

Program Learning Outcomes
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Admission Requirements
Students must:


Completion Requirements
Students must successfully complete all courses listed in the catalog for this program.

Program Length
The program can be finished in two years if you attend full time or three years if you attend part time.

The program is offered at the Lake Worth campus.

For More Information
Ed Richard,, (561) 868-3773

Employment Opportunities
Upon completion of the program, you may seek employment as a crime scene investigator or evidence technician for law enforcement agencies, medical examiner’s office, legal firms, the insurance industry or private forensic labs. Forensic science technicians (crime scene) investigate crimes by collecting and analyzing physical evidence. 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.

Career Path Notes
Courses from this program may transfer into Palm Beach State’s Bachelor of Applied Science program in Supervision and Management. For more information, see the web at

In addition, courses from this program may transfer to other colleges and universities which allow students to transfer into a four-year program. For more information, contact the college or university to which you wish to transfer.

Career Center
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