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2017-2018 Official General Catalog 
2017-2018 Official General Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Criminal Justice-Police: A.A.S.

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Associate in Applied Science

CIP CODE: 5505.00

This program is designed for full-time students desiring employment after two years of study. Careful planning and selection of courses is necessary to complete the program in two years. Many students take advantage of summer terms to fill general education requirements. Consult a Criminal Justice & Emergency Services advisor or Department Chair for specific details on selection of proper electives.

The program also is designed to meet the needs of students wishing to transfer to a four-year degree program upon graduation from SUNY Broome Community College.

Students entering Criminal Justice must understand that most law enforcement agencies have physical, psychological, and medical fitness standards, and require a background free of felony and serious misdemeanor convictions. In some cases, juvenile delinquency adjudications may exclude a person from employment in any level of law enforcement.

This course of study is not intended for prospective law school students.

SEQUENCE OF COURSES: This model is a two-year course schedule for students meeting all program requirements and deciding to pursue full-time study. Schedules will be redesigned for those requiring preparatory courses or those deciding to pursue part-time study. Students placed into ENG 110S are required to take CRJ 111 before taking any other Criminal Justice course.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students will understand the main components of the criminal justice system.
  2. Students will understand the purpose of the criminal justice system as it relates specifically to law enforcement.
  3. Students will understand due process and the various categories of criminal law.
  4. Students will understand the sociological philosophy that encompasses criminology and victimology. 

Program Director and Chairperson:
Kerry Weber
Office: Business Building, room 107
Telephone: 607 778-5008



Fall Semester 13 Credits

  • Natural Laboratory Science (Gen Ed Approved) Credits: 4
  • Criminal Justice Elective Credits: 3

Spring Semester 15-16 Credits

  • Social Science Elective Credits: 3
    (PSY 255 Forensic Psychology recommended)
  • History Elective Credits: 3
    (Choose HIS 103, 104, 116, 117, 130 or 131)
  • Humanities/Arts/Foreign Language Elective (Gen Ed Approved) Credits: 3-4

Approved Criminal Justice electives:

  • Any CRJ course not required in program (CRJ 204, 206, 218, 260 recommended)
  • Or any Fire Science (FRS) course
  • Or any Homeland Security (HLS) course
    (See CJES advisor for additional accepted electives and/or special offerings)

Recommended Science courses are:

  • Choose any 4 credit Gen Ed Natural Science course
    Recommended:  CHM 121, CHM 125, CHM 290, ANT 113, PHS 123, BIO 155

Approved Social Science courses:

  • Recommended:  PSY 255, POS 201, POS 204, SOC 110, SOC 111
  • Or any 3 credit Gen Ed Social Science course

Approved Humanities, Arts, and Language courses:


  • Choose any 3 credit Gen Ed Humanities course


  • Choose any 3 credit Gen Ed The Arts course

Foreign Language

  • Choose any 3-4 credit Gen Ed Foreign Language course


Two writing emphasis courses (w) are required after completing ENG 110.

# Mathematics courses are by placement test; students usually take MAT 109, 115, 118, 124 or 136, or BUS 115. (Developmental math may be necessary but is not creditable toward degree.)  Students wishing to transfer to a four-year school are strongly encouraged to complete a General Education Math course.

Note: Courses taken at a state-approved police academy will be reviewed for credit toward CRJ courses on an individual basis.

Total Credits: 60-62.50

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