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.
- Criminal investigation officer for police departments
- Federal law enforcement agencies
- Private investigation agencies
- Military police
- 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|
|Expository Writing (GER 10) OR
Oral and Written Expression (GER 10)
|MATH 111||Survey of Mathematics (GER 1)*||3|
|PSYC 101||Introduction to Psychology (GER 3)||3|
|CITA 110||Intro to Information Technology||3|
Semester II Credits
|JUST 105||Correctional Philosophy||3|
|JUST 110||Criminal Law||3|
|SOCI 101||Introduction to Sociology||3|
|Natural Science w/ Lab (GER 2)||3-4|
|Humanities Elective (GER 7)||3|
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 Investigations||3|
|American History Elective (GER 4)||3|
Semester IV Credits
|JUST 203||Criminal Investigations||3|
|JUST 207||Police Services||3|
Semester V Credits
|JUST 300||Forensic Photography||3|
|JUST 303||Investigative Interviews||3|
|U/L Liberal Arts Elective||3|
|Liberal Arts Elective (GER 5, 6, 8 or 9)||3|
Semester VI Credits
|JUST 301||Latent Prints and Impressions||3|
|JUST 314||Ethics in Criminal Justice||3|
|Causes of Crime OR
Threats to Homeland Security OR
|U/L Liberal Arts Elective||3|
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|
Semester VIII Credits
|JUST 430||Culminating Experience in Criminal Justice OR
(5) U/L JUST Electives
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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