At a Glance:

Contact: Mortissa Harvey
Mortissa Harvey, Instructor, Criminal Justice
Phone: 404-225-4577
Campus: Main
Department: Business & Public Service Technologies Division, Criminal Justice
, Program Chair
Direct: (404) 225-4577



Criminal Investigation Specialist

Program Overview

The Criminal Investigation Specialist Technical Certificate of Credit introduces students to the procedures, techniques, legal concerns and challenges associated with a criminal investigation.  Combining classroom lectures and practical exercises in the program allows students to better comprehend the various investigative procedures.  Students will gain introductory exposure to knowledge and skills that may encourage further academic preparation in such areas as forensic technology, crime scene investigation, death investigation, laboratory technology, evidence technology, forensic computer science, and other criminal justice related fields.

Minimum Program Length: 2 Semesters

Estimated Program Cost  $5,917

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Entrance Requirements

Admissions Requirements

  • Must be 16 years of age.
  • Official high school or GED transcript is not required to apply, however, you must complete and provide the official high school or GED transcript as a requirement for graduation.  No credential will be awarded until the official transcript is received in the registrar\'s office.
  • Achievement of minimum program admission scores in Reading, English, and Math.
  • Transfer of previous post secondary credits will be determined by the registrar.
Student Performance/Graduation Requirements: Students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average and complete all required courses to graduate.


Course Overview

Contact Hours
Credit Hours
Currciulum (30 - 31 hours)
Occupational Courses (30 - 31 hours)

This student success course is designed to transition, connect, and acclimate new students to Atlanta Technical College. The course creates an awareness of various campus resources and holistic skill sets necessary to achieve educational and career success. Through the nurturing of academic, personal, social, occupational, and technological talents, students develop the academic and professional skills necessary to be successful in college and the global community.

Introduces the development and organization of the criminal justice system in the Untied States.  Topics: include the American criminal justice system; constitutional limitations;organization of enforcement, adjudication, and corrections; and career opportunities and requirements.
Provides an anlaysis of all phases of the American correctional system and practices, including its history, procedures, and objectives.  Topics include: history and evolution of correctional facilities; legal and administrative problems; institutional facilitites and procedures; probabtion, parole, and prerelease programs; alternative sentencing; rehabilitation; community involvement; and staffing.
This course examines the principles of the organization, administration, and duties of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.  Topics include: history and philosphy of law enforcement, evaluation of administrative practices, problems in American law enforcement agencies, emerging concepts, professionalism, and community crime prevention programs.

This course presents the fundamentals of criminal investigation.  The duties and responsibilities of the investigator both in field and in the courtyard room are highlighted.  Emphasis is placed on techniques commonly utilized by investigative personnel as well as the procedures used for investigating various crimes.

This course introduces criminal law in the United States, but emphasizes the current specific status of Georgia criminal law.  The course will focus on the most current statutory contents of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) with primary emphasis on the criminal and traffic codes.  Topics include: historic development of criminal law in the United States; statutory law, Georgia Code (O.C.G.A.) Title 40-Motor Vehicle and Traffic Offenses; and Supreme Court rulings that apply to criminal law.

This course emphasizes those provisions of the Bill of Rights which pertain to criminal justice.  Topics include: characteristics and powers of the three branches of government; principles governing the operation of the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment.

Introduces the procedural law of the criminal justice system which governs the series of proceedings through which government enforces substantive criminal law.  The course offers an emphasis on the laws of arrest and search and seizure; the rules of evidence, right to counsel, and the right and duties of both citizens and officers.  The course covers in depth appropriate Case Law and court rulings that dictate criminal procedures on the State and Federal Level.
Select One of the Following (3 - 4 hours)

This course presents students with practical exercises dealing with investigating crime scenes and gathering various forms of physical evidence.  Emphasis is placed on crime scene assessment, search, fingerprinting, and evidence collection.  Topics include: crime scene management, evidence characteristics, identification, documentation and collections as well as techniques for developing and lifting latent fingerprints.

A study of the methods and techniques of scientific crime scene investigation and analysis using principles from biology, chemistry, and physics to document, recognize, preserve and collect physical evidence. Topics covered include video recording, photography, sketching, and searching of crime scenes along with proper collection and preservation methods.

Select One of the Following (3 hours)

The origin, history and role of forensic science in the investigative process.  Philosophical, rational and practical framework that supports a case investigation will be outlined.  The unifying principles of forensic science, the rooting of forensic science in the pure sciences, and the unique ways in which a forensic scientist must think will also be discussed.  The special areas of forensic science will be explored.

This introductory course will provide a broad overview of the areas in forensic science covered in higher level courses. Topics include the recognition, identification, individualization and evaluation of various types of physical evidence, forensic science and the law, and ethics in forensic science. The relationship of forensic science to the natural sciences and the use of the scientific method in forensic science will also be explored.