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TCC forensic science specialization recognized as a Best Value

Tidewater Community College’s associate degree in criminal justice with a specialization in forensic science has been recognized as a Best Value by an independent online publishing group. is a one-stop resource for information on education and certification options, specialized job functions, employment opportunities, earning potential and more. Its rankings, according to the group, are unbiased.

TCC’s 61-credit Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice with a Specialization in Forensic Science helps students succeed in a field where law enforcement meets scientific investigation. Forensic scientists help investigators solve crimes, study the causes and theories of crimes and conduct a crime scene investigation.

TCC also offers an 18-credit Career Studies Certificate in Forensic Science, which focuses on DNA analysis, examining firearms and gathering evidence at a crime scene.

“Both options provide students with an overview of forensic evidence processes as well as criminal investigation methods and procedures,” said Joe Fairchild, TCC’s dean of Public and Professional Services. “These programs will prepare graduates for careers in law enforcement and/or public or private investigatory positions.”

The associate degree and certificate are offered on all four of TCC’s campuses with online and evening classes available. TCC offers additional criminal justice specializations in homeland security, public law and law enforcement.

The forensic science specialization includes instruction in forensic medicine, forensic dentistry, anthropology, psychology, entomology, pathology, DNA and blood pattern analysis, crime scene photography, fingerprint technology and professional standard and ethics.

Tuition for the associate degree for in-state residents is $11,306 and $3,336 for the certificate. Financial aid and scholarships are available.

For information about enrolling in either program, contact TCC at 757-822-1111.