Majors & Programs

Majors and Programs

At UC Clermont, we offer a wide variety of associate degree programs. Some programs are intended for transition to UC Clifton or to other baccalaureate institutions, while others are career-oriented degrees leading directly to employment after graduation.

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Criminal Justice Technology : Forensics

What is Criminal Justice Technology : Forensics?

Forensic science uses the principles and theories of science and mathematics to solve crimes and help invent and improve detection methods and identification processes.

Forensic field technicians investigate crimes by collecting and analyzing physical evidence at the scene. 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. They also prepare reports to document the laboratory techniques used and the results. They provide information and expert opinion to investigators. When criminal cases come to trial, they often give testimony, as expert witnesses, on specific laboratory findings by identifying and ifying substances, materials and other evidence collected at the scene of a crime.

Success Factors

Communication skills are important, and you should be able to work well with others because teamwork is common. Organizational ability, an eye for detail and skill in interpreting scientific results are important as well. A high mechanical aptitude, attention to detail and analytical thinking are all crucial characteristics. A solid academic background in science (chemistry, biology, etc.) is essential for an easy transition into this science-heavy program.

Career Possibilities

If you specialize in forensics, you may pursue several different careers. Some of your opportunities for employment include the following:

  • forensic lab technician
  • lab manager
  • crime scene investigator

If you complete your bachelor’s degree, you will have more career choices.

Minoring in Criminal Justice Technology : Forensics

Minors are not available in forensics.

If you are a pre-biology or pre-chemistry major and you intend to enter forensics after earning your bachelor’s degree, you may wish to discuss adding the forensics certificate to your program with your advisor. Contact Enrollment Services, 513-732-5319, to make an appointment. Adding the certificate will extend your degree completion by a year.

Curriculum Guides

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

The UC Clermont College campus is on 92 wooded acres located in Batavia, Ohio, in the heart of Clermont County. We are relatively small and our faculty-to-student ratio is low. You will find small size and personal interaction with your instructors create the ideal learning environment. Parking is convenient and at no additional charge. Plus, our tuition is the lowest of the UC colleges.

Our forensics program meets the hiring and promotion standards for a growing number of law enforcement agencies in the eastern Cincinnati area. Our technical advisory committee, consisting of leaders in the local law enforcement community, helps assure that our curriculum meets your career needs. The program coordinator and criminal justice faculty are available for academic advising and career counseling. You will have opportunities to interact with the heads of various justice agencies through exercises, guest speakers and special seminars. We place extra emphasis on helping you develop the writing and testing skills necessary to assure your successful placement.

If you are working toward your bachelor’s degree, you may consider professional certification by the American Board of Criminalistics. For information, visit their website at www.criminalistics.com.

Special Programs

The Learning Center at UC Clermont provides free tutoring and online resources to help students get ahead and stay ahead in their es.

Freshman Admission Requirements

This program is open to all students with a high school diploma or GED and the desire to succeed in college. Although admission is open, students accepted into the program must meet the academic standards of the program to advance to upper levels of study.

As a first year student, you will need to take the placement test. This test does not affect your admission; however, the results are essential for your proper placement in es. You must complete the placement test before you may register for English or mathematics courses. All placement tests are given free of charge.

While there are no special admissions requirements for the forensics program, you should be aware that most employment in the field will require fingerprinting and a background check. Felony conviction, domestic violence conviction or multiple DUI convictions will very likely prevent your employment in forensics.

Transferring to UC Requirements

You must be in good academic standing at the college or university you last attended. We accept transfer applications all year long and you may start any semester, provided your transcripts arrive in time to be evaluated before the start of the semester you wish to attend.

If you have not taken college-level mathematics or English, you will need to take the placement test.

While there are no special admissions requirements for the forensics program, you should be aware that most employment in the field will require fingerprinting and a background check. Felony conviction, domestic violence conviction or multiple DUI convictions will very likely prevent your employment in forensics.

Changing Majors within UC Requirements

Other UC students may transfer into Clermont College by completing the application for change in college and program form available from most UC admissions offices (including ours, 513-732-5319). You are urged to see your advisor before transferring into a different major to minimize any impact on your degree progress.

While there are no special admissions requirements for the forensics program, you should be aware that most employment in the field will require fingerprinting and a background check. Felony conviction, domestic violence conviction or multiple DUI convictions will very likely prevent your employment in forensics.

International Student Requirements

You must demonstrate English proficiency. You must also meet admissions deadlines and visa requirements, and provide documentation of sufficient funds before we can complete your admission. Please call the International Admissions Office (513-556-2069) for details, or email international.admissions@uc.edu with questions.

Learn more about becoming an international student at UC Clermont.

Graduation Requirements

You must complete an application for degree and receive a pre-certification from your academic advisor the semester before you expect to graduate. You should see your advisor or Student Success and Retention Services (513-732-5319) for specific information well in advance of your final semester.

Application Deadlines

UC Clermont College is an open admission campus. Students may begin es in any semester. Each semester has an application deadline of approximately four weeks before es begin to allow for timely paperwork and financial aid processing. Students who apply after the deadline will be admitted to the next semester. For specific deadline information, call 513-732-5319 or visit ucclermont.edu/admissions/apply.

Accreditation

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Quick Facts

Associate of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice Technology : Forensics

Full-Time Program Duration

2 Years

Location

UC Clermont & UC East

Admission Criteria

Open

Contact

Clermont College
4200 Clermont College Drive
Batavia, OH 45103
Phone: 513-732-5319
Enrollment Services
clermont.admissions@uc.edu