Northwest Community College

Forensic Science Transfer Pathway

Mission | Faculty | Outcomes | Coursework

The Forensic Science Transfer Pathway is NOT a program but a selection of courses for those students who wish to transfer into a forensic science program at a four-year institution. Upon completion of recommended science, criminal justice and general education courses, students in this pathway will receive an Associate’s Degree in General Studies. The forensic sciences form a vital part of the criminal justice system. Some of the difference divisions of forensic science have become identified primarily with law enforcement – an image enhanced by television and movies. This is misleading because forensic scientists are involved in all aspects of criminal cases. The forensic scientist’s goal is the evenhanded use of all available information to determine facts, and subsequently, the truth. The forensic scientist’s role in the civil justice arena is expanding. Issues range from questions of the validity of a signature on a will, to a claim of product liability, to questions of whether a corporation is complying with environmental laws, and the protection of constitutionally guaranteed individual rights. Forensic science is a rewarding career where the love of science can be applied to the good of society, public health, and public safety. 

Michael R. Emanuel,, 860-738-6389

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates should be able to:
1. Understand and employ methods of processing physical evidence from crime scenes.
2. Promote comprehension of the importance of the forensic science laboratory and its role in law enforcement.
3. Create an awareness of the recognition, collection, preservation, and evaluation of physical evidence.
4. Expose students to the latest physical and chemical testing methods and show each method’s value in varied situations.

This is the suggested course sequence for full-time students who aim to graduate in two years.

ENG* 101 Composition - 3 credits
CJS* 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice - 3 credits
BIO* 121 General Biology I - 4 credits
MAT* 186 Precalculus - 4 credits
ENG* 102 Literature & Composition - 3 credits
CJS* 225 Forensic Science - 3 credits
ELECTIVE Computer Science Elective - 3 credits
ELECTIVE Social Science Elective - 3 credits
BIO* 127 Cell Biology with Organ Systems OR (or BIO* 115 if taken prior to Fall 2012) OR BIO* 235 Microbiology - 4 credits
CJS* 211 Criminal Law I - 3 credits
CJS* 220 Criminal Investigation - 3 credits
COM* 173 Public Speaking - 3 credits
CHE* 121 General Chemistry I - 4 credits
PSY* 111 General Psychology I - 3 credits
CJS* 213 Evidence & Criminal Procedures - 3 credits
HIS* 102 Western Civilization II - 3 credits
PHL* Philosophy Elective ♦ - 3 credits PHL* 111 (Ethics) recommended
ART* Art Elective ♦ - 3 credits ART* 101 (Art History I) or ART* 102 (Art History II) recommended
CHE* 122 General Chemistry II - 3 credits