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Criminal Investigation - Program Description

The Bachelor of Technology in Criminal Investigation provides a unique alternative to traditional criminal justice programs. This degree focuses on developing the necessary knowledge and skills required in criminal investigations. Students will complete an internship with a major law enforcement agency or a senior thesis.

Students in this Major:

  • Receive advanced training in criminal investigations.
  • Learn to analyze forensic evidence, preserve crime scenes, collect and process evidence.
  • Spend an entire semester with selected criminal investigation units or complete five upper level criminal justice courses.

Career Opportunities:

  • Criminal investigation officer for police departments
  • Federal law enforcement agencies
  • Private investigation agencies
  • Military police

Admission Requirements:

  • Admission to the Bachelor of Technology program in Criminal Investigation is competitive.
  • Refer to the table of high school course prerequisites for admission.
  • Students must be prepared to take College Algebra (MATH 121)
  • Students must have a high school average of at least 80.
  • Students must be prepared to take ENGL 101 or ENGL 102.
  • Transfer students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
  • Recommended preparatory courses or their equivalencies are:
      • JUST 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
      • JUST 110 Criminal Law
      • JUST 111 Criminal Procedure
      • JUST 203 Criminal Investigations
      • JUST 209 Law Enforcement Communications
      • JUST 210 Introduction to Forensic Investigation
      • MATH 111 Survey of Mathematics OR
      • MATH 121 College Algebra
  • Admission priority will go to SUNY Canton Criminal Justice students. A minimum grade point average of 2.5 is required.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (Curriculum 1359):

Semester I Credits

JUST 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Expository Writing (GER 10) OR
Oral and Written Expression (GER 10)
3
MATH 111 Survey of Mathematics (GER 1)* 3
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology (GER 3) 3
CITA 110 Intro to Information Technology 3
TOTAL 15

Semester II Credits

JUST 105 Correctional Philosophy 3
JUST 110 Criminal Law 3
SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology (GER 3) 3
  Natural Science w/ Lab (GER 2) 3-4
Humanities Elective (GER 7) 3
TOTAL 15-16

Semester III Credits

JUST 111 Criminal Procedure 3
JUST 201 Critical Issues in Criminal Justice ** 3
JUST 209 Law Enforcement Communications 3
JUST 210 Intro. to Forensic Investigation 3
American History Elective (GER 4) 3
TOTAL 15

Semester IV Credits

JUST 203 Criminal Investigations 3
JUST 207 Police Services 3
Liberal Arts Elective (any GER) 3
Liberal Arts Elective (any GER) 3
Liberal Arts Elective (GER 5, 6, 8 or 9) 3
TOTAL 15

Semester V Credits

JUST 300 Forensic Photography 3
JUST 303 Investigative Interviews 3
  U/L Liberal Arts Elective 3
  General Elective 3
  General Elective 3
TOTAL 15

Semester VI Credits

JUST 301 Latent Prints and Impressions 3
JUST 314 Ethics in Criminal Justice 3
JUST 310
JUST 326
JUST 350
Causes of Crime OR
Threats to Homeland Security OR
Family Victimization
3
  U/L Liberal Arts Elective 3
General Elective 3
TOTAL 15

Semester VII Credits

JUST 406 Crime Scene Investigation 3
JUST 408 The Investigation of Death 3
JUST 429 Intro. to Culminating Experience 1
U/L Criminal Investigation Elective 3
  General Elective 3
  General Elective 3
TOTAL 16

Semester VIII Credits

JUST 430 Culminating Experience in Criminal Justice OR
(5) U/L JUST Electives
15
TOTAL 15

Students in the Criminal Investigation, B. Tech. program are required to earn a C or better in all JUST courses taken for credit in the program.

* MATH 106 cannot be used as a General Electiv

** Writing intensive course.

U/L=Upper Level Courses (300/400)
GER=General Education Requirement

NOTE: Criminal Investigation students must meet seven of the ten General Education Requirements and successfully complete the SUNY Canton computer competency requirement.

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Criminal Investigation
Curriculum Coordinator
Liz Erickson
criminalinvestigation@canton.edu