Criminal Investigation (A.A.S.)

The Criminal Investigation degree provides you with a strong academic background in investigative techniques, forensic science, and evidence collection and analysis.

If you are interested in completing an associate degree program and entering the law enforcement field, this program will suit your needs.

This degree program was established for the student who hopes to obtain the Criminal Investigation A.A.S. degree as his/her terminal degree. This does not preclude you from transferring to a four-year institution, but some courses may not transfer into the bachelor's degree program.

The program complements the college's Criminal Justice A.A.S. degree, which concentrates on law, corrections, administration, criminology and community policing, as well as the Forensic Science Studies A.S. degree, which prepares graduates exclusively for work in a laboratory environment.

This program is offered through the Criminal Justice, Forensic Science and Public Administration Department.

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Program Highlights

  • Hudson Valley Community College and The College of Saint Rose have signed a transfer agreement that allow qualified students to transfer directly into Saint Rose's baccalaureate programs in Forensic Psychology, Forensic Science and Criminal Justice.
  • All of the courses required for the Criminal Investigation degree can be completed online.

Online Program can be completed by attending online.

Scholarships Available Scholarships available.

Career and Transfer Opportunities

Most graduates of this program pursue a career in criminal investigation/law enforcement. Most police and detectives must graduate from their agency's training academy before completing a period of on-the-job training.

Recent employers include: Rensselaer Co. Sheriff's Department; Saratoga Gaming and Raceway; Schenectady County Jail. Graduates have also continued their education at The University at Albany and SUNY Plattsburgh.

Salaries vary based on position and degree attainment. Here are median salaries taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2015): Police Patrol Officer, $58,320.

The Center for Careers and Transfer offers Career Services and Transfer Services to all students.

For more information regarding this program, contact:

Ann B. Geisendorfer
Department Chair
Criminal Justice, Forensic Science and Public Administration Department
Amstuz Science Hall, Suite 300
(518) 629-7342

For more information about admission to this program, contact:

Admissions Office
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
(518) 629-7309