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Criminalistics, A.S.

College of Arts and Sciences

The growing field of criminalistics offers a variety of employment opportunities with specialties in forensic science and criminal justice. Criminalists analyze, compare, identify, and interpret physical evidence, then report findings for use in the justice system. Indiana Tech’s Associate of Science in Criminalistics provides students with a solid foundation in forensic science and criminal justice. Coursework includes a focus on math, science, forensic science, and criminal justice, with hands-on learning experiences and case studies.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Associate of Science in Criminalistics, you will be able to:

  • Analyze data and/or circumstances by using inquiry-based learning
  • Describe approaches to answering questions and solving problems
  • Solve problems consistently with open-minded approaches that yield productive and effective results
  • Explain how to confront complex issues alongside the realization of the fleeting nature of precise answers
  • Practice professional engagement in discourse with honesty that promotes trust based on candid, encompassing, and inclusive dialogue
  • Evaluate assignments that require peer review
  • Communicate clearly and consistently with diverse audiences
  • Develop self-awareness and confidence in one’s own work

Careers in this Degree

Students who graduate with this degree gravitate toward the following careers:

  • Forensic Science Technician
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Detective

Job Outlook

Below are potential career opportunities available to graduates with an associate degree in criminalistics. Additionally, you will find national statistics for average annual salaries and projected job growth, as identified by BLS. gov statistics. Salaries can vary based on the market in which you live and the prior experience you bring to the position.

  • Forensic Science Technician $61,930/year

Job outlook through 2030: 16 percent increase

  • Law Enforcement Officer $66,020/year

Job outlook through 2030: 7 percent increase

  • Crime Scene Investigator $61,930/year

Job outlook through 2030: 16 percent increase

  • Detective $66,020/year

Job outlook through 2030: 7 percent increase