In the past physical evidence was limited to the examination of fingerprint patterns and spent firearm shell casings. However with the current advances in molecular biology and forensic science technology, this physical evidence can consist of biological material that can be used for DNA analysis, toxicological material and other trace evidence such as fabric from clothing and soil particles. Because of the results of their laboratory skills and training contribute significantly to a verdict of guilt or innocence, forensic laboratory technicians must maintain the highest levels of ethics, integrity and remain unbiased in their examination and analysis of the evidence collected. Upon successful completion of the Bio-science Forensics program courses, students will receive a Technical Certificate of Credit in Forensics. Forensics Laboratory Technicians will apply their acquired technical laboratory knowledge, analytical skills, ethical responsibility and knowledge of the legal system to further the pursuit of justice according to the law. Recipients of the Technical Certificate have will recognize and appreciate the tremendous responsibility they will have in assisting in the accurate solving of crimes and other matters that require the analysis of physical evidence in matters within the justice system. However the valuable skills obtained in the program can be utilized in many other scientific and legal positions.
Minimum Program Length - 2 Semesters
Estimated Program Cost $2,284
- Must be 18 years of age.
- Official high school or GED transcript is required to apply.
- 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.
Blood and Airborne Pathogens: Students enrolled in Category I and II programs at Atlanta Technical College will be performing tasks in which there is a normal occurrence for exposure to blood, other potentially infectious body materials, and airborne pathogens. These tasks will be performed in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical activities for each occupational training program/course. Students will be required to present documentation of Hepatitis B and Tuberculosis immunizations as a result of potential occupational exposure. Students should contact their program directors for more information. Policies and procedures regarding blood and airborne pathogens may be reviewed at www.tcsg.org/tcsgpolicy/menu.html.
At a GlanceContact: Barry Bates, Program Coordinator
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.
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.
Bloodstain pattern analysis is a tool used in crime scene investigations to reconstruct events and evaluate statements. Lectures on terminology and theory coupled with practical laboratory exercises will provide students with the basic knowledge of bloodstain pattern analysis. The understanding of scientific principles related to bloodstain pattern analysis and its relation to case work will be explored in addition to the identification and documentation of bloodstains and bloodstain patterns.