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2017-2018 College Catalog 
2017-2018 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice, A.A.S.

Associate in Applied Science
HEGIS #5505
Chairperson: Dr. Ann B. Geisendorfer
Amstuz Science Hall, Suite 300, (518) 629-7342

The Criminal Justice program is designed to prepare students for careers in the criminal and juvenile justice systems. Students could, after meeting Civil Service requirements, enter law enforcement, investigation, crime prevention, and corrections on the federal, state, county, or local levels. There also are opportunities for employment in private organizations.

This program meets the needs of students who plan to work immediately after completing their associate degree, transfer for further education, or for in-service students to up-date their knowledge and skills. Courses are offered on a full- or part-time basis to aid students in becoming effective and knowledgeable justice system personnel.

The Criminal Justice program has formal transfer agreements with Eastern Kentucky University, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Russell Sage College and SUNY Plattsburgh, as well as informal agreements with several baccalaureate programs throughout New York State.

Criminal Justice agencies require background checks for employment and internships. Degree requirements can be fulfilled through evening course offerings.

All Criminal Justice core courses are offered online, but not all online courses are offered every term. The course, Forensic Science I, in the online learning format, requires the student to perform laboratory work on campus.

The Criminal Justice degree program does not give college credit for professional training courses or life experience.

All Criminal Justice courses must have been taken within seven years in order to be applicable toward this degree program. Only four Criminal Justice courses may be transferred into the program. A “Forensic I” course will not be accepted as transfer credit into the program.

Program Entrance Requirements

Courses Entry Term Special Notes H.S. Average
1 unit of any math Fall and Spring Social science, humanities and lab sciences courses recommended. 70 or above

The estimated cost of books for the student enrolled in the first full-time term as outlined would be approximately $650.

Total Credits Required: 60

Major Requirements*

*or specific course equivalents as approved by department chairperson.
**Required of first time, full-time students.

(1) Mathematics Elective Credits: 3

Students will be scheduled in an appropriate Math or Science course based on their preparation and their goals.

(1) Science Elective Credits: 3

Students will be scheduled in an appropriate Math or Science course based on their preparation and their goals.

(2) Restricted Elective I Credits: 3

Restricted electives are as follows: BADM 220 , CRJS 151 , CRJS 246 , ENGL 125 , any literature, history, science or math, foreign language, computer, law, or a sequence of three physical education courses.

Total Credits Required: 60

Suggested Course Sequence for Full-Time Study

First Term

Term Total: 16

Second Term

Term Total: 15

Third Term

Term Total: 15

Fourth Term

Term Total: 15