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Forensic Science

Career Studies Certificate

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Forensics is the bridge between science and law enforcement

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Tidewater Community College’s Career Studies Certificate in Forensic Science provides an introduction to the forensic investigation aspect of law enforcement and investigation.

You’ll learn about forensic evidence, investigation methods and procedures that can lead to entry-level employment as a forensic laboratory technician or crime scene photographer.

If you’re already employed, a career studies certificate can provide the training you need for a promotion.

Graduates will have a basic foundation in the criminal justice field. Courses include:

  • Forensic Photography
  • Forensic Pathology
  • Principles of Criminal Investigation

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All of the credits you earn in this program can be applied to TCC's Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice, which offers a specialization in forensic science.

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What does this program cost?

TCC’s Career Studies Certificate in Forensic Science consists of 2 semesters of part-time study, with classes held on all campuses.

Estimated Program Cost*:
18 credits x $185.35 per credit = $3,336.30 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Where can you go?

TCC graduates work as forensic laboratory technicians or crime scene photographers. You can also apply all of your credits to TCC’s Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you:

  • are interested in law enforcement and the criminal justice system
  • enjoy detailed work
  • have a clean driving record and can pass a background check
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Just 18 credits! Complete this program in as little as 2 semesters

Get hands-on training at TCC's state-of-the-art forensics lab, located on the Virginia Beach Campus

Take classes on any of TCC’s 4 campuses


After taking her first criminal justice class at TCC, Cheyenne Hudson knew this is what she wanted to do for the rest of her life.

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