Forensic Science

Certificates

Code: 475

General Information

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College is committed to meeting the need for well-trained employees in the criminal justice field. Carefully chosen content-specific courses are balanced with appropriate general education course requirements.

Students may select from a variety of options at the certificate and associate degree level. Students who wish to continue on to earn a bachelors degree may wish to discuss their plans with an academic advisor or the program head when they are selecting the courses in which to enroll each semester.

Program Requirements

Forensic Science – Certificate – Program information sheet

Location/Facility

All Administration of Justice (ADJ) courses are available on the main campus in Clifton Forge or at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Vista. Selected courses may be scheduled at an off-campus site, such as a local department of police or other facility. Some courses may be scheduled for students to complete via distance learning.

Internships/co-op experiences may be required in some ADJ programs; they must be requested one full semester in advance, and the student is responsible for locating an agency that will accept them for the internship. Hours required for the completion of internships/co-ops may be scheduled at any number of locations throughout the DSLCC service area.

Tools, Equipment and Supplies

Because the instructor(s) use technology to minimize the need to produce, print and store large quantities of paper copies, students may want to include the cost of some printing as they develop a budget for college expenses. It is estimated that students use approximately one ream of paper each semester to print out notes, hand-outs, etc. They may also want to consider the cost of printing (ink) and/or the cost of making copies, at the college or other site of their choosing.

ADJ students should have access to a personal desktop or laptop computer with internet access. Blackboard learning system accounts are established for each ADJ course and quizzes are designed to be completed via computer on the students’ own time, rather than during scheduled class times. Due to selected deadlines, students may need to complete some assigned work at times when the buildings on the main campus or the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center are closed.

Employment Outlook

Gainful Employment Disclosure Information

Resources

The United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
Federal Bureau of Investigation
The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services
Virginia State Police
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
Covington Police Department
Buena Vista Police Department

Faculty

Related Degrees