Forensic Science

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Contact the Program Director

Bert Ouderkirk

Faculty Chair - Administration of Justice Studies


602-430-4702 (mobile)

Office: SC 14 - Room: Dept Chair Office

This program is part of the Administration of Justice Studies Department.

Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Behavioral Science and Human Services
Forensic Science

Are you looking for a fascinating and dynamic career in forensic science where your days are never the same? Our Forensic Science program can prepare you to use your problem-solving skills to probe mysteries, explore unusual situations, and perform complex lab tests.

The Forensic Science program offers an associate degree with two possible areas of emphasis: Crime Scene Investigation and Lab Science. Two certificates of completion are also available.

Crime Scene investigation will develop the skills and knowledge you need to investigate and reconstruct crime scenes using science-based evidence techniques and logical analysis. You’ll learn criminal investigation procedures, evidence collection and preservation methods, death investigation techniques, crime scene reconstruction methodology, and evidence presentation during courtroom testimony.

Lab Science teaches you the skills and techniques used in the crime lab to evaluate, compare, and identify physical and biological evidence recovered from crime scenes. You’ll learn techniques like fingerprint development and comparison, firearms examination and testing, projectile comparison, DNA extraction, controlled substance testing and identification, and blood and body fluid identification and testing. You’ll also learn various instrumental techniques like electrophoresis, microscopy, and spectroscopy. In addition, you’ll learn how to write crime lab reports and how to testify in court.

Join the Forensic Science program to embark on a satisfying career in law enforcement where your actions directly help improve public safety.

The Right Pathway for You

MCC offers Certificates of Completion and Associate Degrees for this program. Your interests and goals will guide you in selecting the pathway that is ideal for you. You may find a combination of certificates or degrees is the fastest way to realize your dreams.


The knowledge and skills acquired while earning a Certificate of Completion (CCL) can help launch you into a new career or energize your current job. Generally requiring fewer credit hours than degrees or transfer programs, a CCL may be your best first step into higher education.

A list of available certificates offered in the Forensic Science program
Name Type Title Courses
Certificate of Completion CCL Crime Scene Investigation
Certificate of Completion CCL Fingerprint Identification and Photography

Associate Degree

MCC’s associate degrees enhance your resume and prepare you to enter the workforce with an advantage. Whether you are interested in simply completing basic, required college courses or specializing in a specific area, there’s a degree for you.

A list of available associate degrees offered in the Forensic Science program
Name Type Title Courses
Associate in Applied Science AAS Forensic Science

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of a degree or certificate within the Forensic Science program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages*. Some occupations may require additional education or training. You can click on any occupation to view more detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Criminal Investigators and Special Agents


Police Identification and Records Officers


* Career and wage information provided by Lightcast using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Lightcast’s proprietary analytical processes. Lightcast’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Financial Aid

You can get a high-quality, affordable education. MCC’s low tuition rates and various financial aid opportunities make it possible. Explore federal and state grants, Federal Work-Study, scholarships, student loans, and other options today.

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