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 law enforcement related agency or enroll in five upper level JUST courses.
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
- Crime Scene Technician
- Medical Investigator
- Autopsy Technician
- Forensic Scientist
- 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 2.0.
- 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)
The following shows the typical course sequence and program requirements.
Semester I Credits
|ENGL 101||Composition and the Spoken Word (GER 1/2)||3|
|JUST 101||Introduction to Criminal Justice||3|
|PSYC 101||Introduction to Psychology (GER 7)||3|
|Math Elective* (GER 4)||3|
|Liberal Arts Elective||3|
Semester II Credits
|JUST 112||Criminal Law & Procedure||3|
|SOCI 101||Introduction to Sociology||3|
|Lower Level Program Elective 1||3|
|Science w/ Lab (GER 5)||4|
|Humanities Elective (GER 6)||3|
Semester III Credits
|JUST 201||Critical Issues in Criminal Justice**||3|
|Intro to Forensic Criminology OR
|JUST 209||Law Enforcement Communications||3|
|American History Elective (GER 9)||3|
|DEISJ Elective (GER 3)||3|
Semester IV Credits
|JUST 203||Criminal Investigations||3|
|JUST 210||Intro to Forensic Investigations||3|
|Liberal Arts Elective (any GER)||3|
Semester V Credits
|JUST 300||Forensic Photography||3|
|JUST 303||Investigative Interviews||3|
|U/L General Elective||3|
Semester VI Credits
|JUST 301||Latent Prints and Impressions||3|
|Ethics in Criminal Justice OR
Ethics in Forensic Science3
|Forensic Science Cluster4||3|
Semester VII Credits
|JUST 406||Crime Scene Investigation||3|
|JUST 408||The Investigation of Death||4|
|JUST 429||Intro. to Culminating Experience5||1|
|U/L General Elective||3|
Semester VIII Credits
Students in the Criminal Investigation, B.Tech program are required to earn a C or better in JUST 430
* Must be MATH 111 or higher - NOTE: If you are enrolling in a course that is a pre-requisite for a required course in your program, your TAP eligibility may be affected.
** Writing intensive course.
1 Lower Level Program Electives are selected from JUST or EADM (100-200) level courses
2 UL Program Electives are selected from JUST, EADM or LEST (300-400) level courses
3 A student CAN earn credit for both courses but is only required to take one or the other.
4 Choose one from this list: JUST 330 Questioned Documents, JUST 411 Forensic Drug Analysis and Investigation, JUST 412 Firearm and Toolmark ID, JUST 413 Methods of Human Skeletal ID
5 This course is only required for students intending to take JUST 430, Culminating Experience, in the 8th semester
U/L=Upper Level Courses (300/400)
GER=General Education Requirement
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