Public Service Technology

Criminal Justice - Crime Scene Investigation Emphasis - 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. 

Credit Requirements: 69 semester credit hours


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. CNNMoney.com 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.

Employers of HGTC Alumni Include:

  • Horry County Police Department
  • Myrtle Beach Police Department

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