Agile Dual Degree Animal Care and Forensics (Criminalistics)

Combine your desire to work with animals— and expand your career options.

Earn an Associate’s Degree in Animal Care plus a Bachelor’s Degree in Forensics in the same amount of time as a Bachelor’s Degree alone!

•Animal welfare/public policy
•Animal-related crime prevention/investigation
•Specialty K-9 units
•Explosive detection and accelerants
•Fisheries and wildlife



Agile Dual Degree- Animal Care and Forensics (Criminalistics)

Fall Semester CreditsSpring Semester credits
ANSC 1001Career Exploration1CORE ENGLThe New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems3
ANSC 1003 Animal Care Management3FORE 2001Introduction to Forensics4
BIOL 1001Biology I4ANSC 1400Introduction to Animal Science3
CORE 1001Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm3BIOL 1002Biology II 4
JUST 1100Criminal Justice System and Process3JUST 1300Theories of Crime3
PSYC 1001Introduction to Psychology3
Semester Total:17Semester Total:17
ANSC 1005Animal Facilities Design and Management3FORE 3100Criminal Investigation3
LGLS 2102Criminal Law3ANSC 2200Canine Behavior and Training 2
CHEM 1001Chemistry l4CHEM 1002Chemistry ll4
FORE 2002Collection and Preservation of Evidence4ANSC 2202Domestic Animal Behavior3
ANSC 2401Animal Nutrition3PSYC 2400Forensic Psychology3
ANSC 1010Animal Health Skills3
Semester Total:17Semester Total:18
ANSC 2900Externship Module I 3FORE 3900
Forensic Science Internship3
program elective
JUST 2204Victimology and Victim Services3ANSC 2000Introduction to Laboratory Animal Science2
PHYS 2001Physics l4ENGL 1003Writing About Literature3
JUST 3200Criminal Procedure and Evidence3CHEM 2100Organic Chemistry l4
Semester Total:16Semester Total:12
CORE 3100Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset3FORE 4901Forensic Science Capstone3
JUST 4505Ethics and Professionalism in Criminal Justice3GOVT 4100American Constitutaional Law3
SOCI 4001Data Analysis3Humanities/Fine Arts Elective3
PSYC 2105
Social Psychology3SOCI 1001Introduction to Sociology3
PSYC 3400Abnormal Psychology
Semester Total:12Semester Total:12
Total 121

Learning Outcomes

  • Students demonstrate decision-making and personal conduct consistent with the professional standards of the animal care industry.
  • Students demonstrate knowledge and application of the proper management and husbandry of a variety of animal species.
  • Students demonstrate knowledge and application of proper nutrition for a variety of animal species.
  • Students demonstrate knowledge and application of applied animal behavior for a variety of animal species.
  • Students demonstrate written communication skills appropriate for the animal care industry.
  • Students demonstrate oral communication skills appropriate for the animal care industry.
  • Apply scientific methods to analyze and compare physical evidence to determine its properties and possible origin.
  • Identify and utilize correct investigative techniques during criminal investigations, including the proper use of equipment in the criminal investigation process.
  • Apply learned theory to practical application by participation in related course work and an internship.
  • Identify and describe legal and ethical constraints, their implications for criminal justice decision and policy makers, and the effects of diversity awareness in the administration of criminal justice.
  • Interpret, analyze, and draw conclusions from qualitative and quantitative data in a social science context and communicate effectively using scholarly sources on topics relating to social problems, forensic science, and criminal justice.

Special Requirements

All full and part-time students are required to have proof of medical insurance, a tetanus booster within the last ten (10) years, and a tuberculosis test within one (1) year to participate in animal laboratories, veterinary clinic rotations, and career externship. Rabies pre-exposure prophylaxis immunization is highly recommended. Students are required to either show proof of rabies immunization or sign a declination form. Students must be able to lift 50 pounds and be able to demonstrate the physical capabilities to work closely and safely with animals of all sizes. Students with limitations to movement, sight, or hearing may find it difficult to meet all course requirements. For the health and safety of students appropriate attire will be addressed in all classes with laboratories.

The College is observing summer hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-4 pm.