Criminal Justice: Forensic Investigations (A.A.S.)

HEGIS: 5505

SUNY CODE: 1329

Forensic Investigations is designed to develop occupational competence for entry into public law enforcement and/or private investigative fields.

The goals of this program are to:

  • introduce students to the skills and knowledge needed to work within the CJ field and /or forensic investigations;
  • prepare students to understand the fundamentals of processing a crime scene; and
  • introduce students to the complex skills required of a crime scene investigator/photographer.

Successful graduates from this program will be able to:

  • express knowledge of fundamental concepts of criminal justice and forensic investigations;
  • express knowledge of a fundamental understanding of processing a crime scene; and
  • express knowledge of the complex skills required of a crime scene investigator/photographer.

Career Opportunities/Transfer Information

Graduates find employment in entry level positions in public and private investigative agencies and companies. Projected annual statewide job openings through 2008 are 300 new jobs and 1,120 replacement jobs. While not designed as a transfer program, graduates may go on to colleges and universities such as Canton Technology College, John Jay College, SUC at Buffalo, SUNY Albany, SUC at Oneonta, SUC at Plattsburgh, SUC at Brockport and Utica College.

Program of Study

1st Year

1st Semester

CJ 120Intro Criminal Justice

3

CJ 123Criminal SubstantiveLaw

3

EN 111English I - College Writing

3

FS 100First Year Student Seminar

1

SS 151Intro Psychology

3

SS 161Introductory Sociology

3

Total Credit Hours:16

2nd Semester

CJ 124Criminal Procedure Law

3

EN 112English II - Intro to Lit

3

EN 171Intro to Technical Writing

3

SS 136Criminology

3

Mathematics Elective

3

Physical Education Activity

1

Total Credit Hours:16

Mathematics Elective: Must be MA 124 or MA 127.

2nd Year

3rd Semester

CJ 125Intro to Law Enforcement

3

CJ 141Police Organization & Mgt

3

CJ 142Criminal Investigation

3

OR

CJ 143Criminal Invest for Police Off

3

SC 150Forensic Science I

4

American History Selective

3

Physical Education Activity

1

Total Credit Hours:17-18

CJ 143: The four-credit course is for certified police only.

4th Semester

CJ 126Issues in Law Enforcement

3

CJ 271Criminal Justice Practicum

3

OR

Criminal Justice Elective

3

OR

Social Science Elective

3

HU 150Ethics in Criminal Justice

1

HU 242Forensic Photography

3

IS 115Computer Applications I

3

Social Science Selective

3

Total Credit Hours:16
Social Science Electives and Selectives

Recommended Social Science electives include:

SS 141American Government

3

SS 152Developmental Psychology

3

SS 155Abnormal Psychology

3

SS 162Social Problems

3

SS 164Understanding Addictions

3

SS 167Juvenile Delinquency

3

SS 210Alternative Justice

3

SS 225Terrorism & Homeland Security

3

SS 227Gangs: Theory, Pract & Suppres

3

SS 241American Minorities

3

Students should consult with their academic advisor for appropriate course selections.

Total Credit Hours: 66-67

For more information, contact the Humanities and Social Science Division at (315) 866-0300 or toll free 1-888-GO-4-HCCC, ext. 8430.