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Program Details

  • Award: Associate in Science
  • Credits: 60
  • Delivery: Face-to-face where some online courses may be available or required.
  • WIA Certified

About this Program

The Associate in Science degree in Criminalistics will prepare students to work in a municipal or county crime lab. Generally, state labs require bachelor's degree in chemistry or biology. With this in mind, the criminalistics degree prepares students for a science degree at a four-year institution. The coursework is also valuable for law enforcement officers already licensed and conducting investigations for their departments. All students pursuing Minnesota Peace Officer Licensure will be required to complete a BCA background investigation.

Program Locations

  • Central Lakes College, Brainerd 56401

Labor Market Information

  • Detectives and Criminal Investigators

  • Median wage: $34.59/hour-Well above the median
  • Employment outlook: Below statewide average
  • Private Detectives and Investigators

  • Median wage: $21.90/hour
  • Employment outlook: Refers to national data. State data is not available.
  • Gaming Surveillance Officers and Gaming Investigators

  • Median wage: $13.32/hour-Below the median
  • Employment outlook: Below statewide average
  • College Criminal Justice Teachers

  • Median wage: $57,452/year-Above the median
  • Employment outlook: Average
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Central Lakes College
Central Lakes College
501 W. College Drive Brainerd, MN 56401 Toll-Free: (800) 933-0346 Local: (218) 855-8037 TTY: (218) 855-8224