Biotechnology: Forensic Science Option

This curriculum will provide students the opportunity to concentrate in the area of forensic science. The techniques and instrumentation used in a forensics lab are identical to those used in a biotechnology laboratory; the difference is in the application. The courses will provide students with the understanding of these applications and experience using the instrumentation for this purpose. Forensic science technicians investigate crimes by analyzing physical evidence. Often they specialize in areas such as DNA analysis or firearm examination, performing tests on weapons or substances such as fiber, hair, tissue, or body fluids to determine significance to the investigation. They also prepare reports to document their findings and the laboratory techniques used and may provide information and expert opinion to investigators.   Apply & Register Program Details

This curriculum will provide students the opportunity to concentrate in the area of forensic science. The techniques and instrumentation used in a forensics lab are identical to those used in a biotechnology laboratory; the difference is in the application. The courses will provide students with the understanding of these applications and experience using the instrumentation for this purpose. Forensic science technicians investigate crimes by analyzing physical evidence. Often they specialize in areas such as DNA analysis or firearm examination, performing tests on weapons or substances such as fiber, hair, tissue, or body fluids to determine significance to the investigation. They also prepare reports to document their findings and the laboratory techniques used and may provide information and expert opinion to investigators.

 


Area of Interest:
Sciences & Mathematics
Degree/Certificate:
Associate in Applied Science
Code Course Credits
First Year / First Semester
ENG-101 English Composition I 3
BIO-111 Biology I - Science  4
BIT-102 Introduction to Biotechnology 1
CHM-145 Introduction to Forensic Science 4
MTH-125 Accelerated Precalculus 4
    16
Second Semester
ENG-102 English Composition II 3
BIO-221 Microbiology I 4
CHM-111 Chemistry I - Science 4
FSC-110 Introduction to Forensic Osteology 4
    15
Summer Semester
CHM-112 Chemistry II: Science 4
    4
Code Course Credits
Second Year / First Semester
BIT-201 Applications in Biotechnology 4
BIO-240 Genetics 4
CHM-221 Organic Chemistry I 4
...-... Diversity - Social Science General Education Elective 3
    15
Second Semester
BIT-202 Instrumental Analysis 4
BIT-200 Fundamentals of Biochemistry 4
FSC-120 Introduction to Forensic Toxicology 4
HPE-... Health & Exercise Science Elective 1
    13
Summer Semester
BIT-205 Biotechnology Internship 3
    3
  Total Minimum Credits 66

Program Goals

  • To provide students with a foundation in general education.
  • To provide a concentration of course work appropriate for forensic science students.
  • To prepare students for entry-level employment as a technician in the biopharma/forensic science field.
  • To demonstrate the basic techniques used in the biotechnology/forensic science industry

Program Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of the program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Analyze data using mathematical and fundamental forensic science principles.
  2. Explain the principles of forensic science in both written and oral formats.
  3. Use computer integrated instrumentation to analyze forensic evidence.

Employment Opportunities

  • Crime lab
  • Biotech lab
  • Pharmaceutical lab

Special Program Requirements

A student in the biotechnology Forensic Science Option must earn a grade of “C” or better in all science, biotechnology and forensics courses to be eligible for the FSC.AAS degree.

Transfer Opportunities

Contact Person

Dr. Teresa A. Smith, Chair
(856) 227-7200, ext. 4479
email: tasmith@camdencc.edu

Additional information

CIP Code

41.0101

Program Code

FSC.AAS