Criminal Justice

In our complex, technological society, criminal justice practitioners deal with a variety of people, social problems, conflict situations, and incidents. Our A.S. and A.A.S. degrees provide courses in criminal justice, social sciences, liberal arts and sciences, and computer technology. An optional internship component affords students the opportunities for experiential learning in a number of criminal justice agencies.

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Recent graduates have been employed with Cortland City Police and Sheriff’s departments, Ithaca City Police, New York State Police, Tompkins and Tioga County Sheriff’s departments and Tompkins Cortland Community College Campus Police.

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Program Chair

Scott Ochs

Scott Ochs

Professor, Criminal Justice

Scott has an extensive background in the criminal justice system including experience as an investigator with the NYC Department of Transportation Inspector’s General’s Office where several letters of commendation were awarded, as well as work as a Rockland County juvenile probation officer and program consultant with New York State Probation.

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Transfer Options

Many graduates have continued their education at a four- year college or university. For specific transfer information, contact your academic advisor in the Criminal Justice program, the Criminal Justice Program Chair, and the Counseling, Career, and Transfer Services office.

Our graduates have transferred to institutions including:

  • Alfred State
  • Buffalo State College
  • Cazenovia College
  • Hilbert College
  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Hartwick College
  • Wells College
  • University at Albany
  • Binghamton University
  • SUNY College at Brockport
  • SUNY College at Cortland
  • SUNY College at Oneonta
  • SUNY College at Oswego

Highlighted Courses

Not all of the highlighted courses are required in each degree or certificate in this program area. Please be sure to check the degree requirements tab for details about the requirements for each degree or certificate.

Degree Requirements

A.S.
Minimum Credits for Graduation: 60 credits

Note: CRJU 105 is a pre-requisite for most 200-level CRJU courses.

Fall Term 1

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 15

CRJU104, Introduction to Corrections, 3 cr.
CRJU 104 is only offered in the Fall semester.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
CRJU105, Introduction to Criminal Justice, 3 cr.
CRJU 105 requires prior completion or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 100. A minimum grade of C is required in CRJU 105.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
ENGL100, Academic Writing I, 3 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in ENGL 100. A student exempted from ENGL 100 must substitute a 3-credit Liberal Arts Elective. The course should be selected in consultation with the student's advisor.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
PSYC103, Introduction to Psychology, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
SOCI101, Introduction to Sociology, 3 cr.
If a student must choose between PSYC 103 and SOCI 101 in the first semester, then SOCI 101 should be taken, as it is a pre-requisite for other program courses.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 

Spring Term 1

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 15

CAPS111, Introduction to Word Processing, 1 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
CAPS121, Introduction to Spreadsheets, 1 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
CAPS131, Introduction to Databases, 1 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
ENGL101, Academic Writing II, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
Choose one from the courses listed below:
Minimum credits required: 3
HSTY201, American History to 1877 Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
HSTY202, American History Since 1877 Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Choose one from the courses listed below:
Minimum credits required: 3
POSC103, American National Government Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
POSC104, American State and Local Government Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
POSC112, Public Administration Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
MATH109, Statistical Literacy, 3 cr.
MATH110, Topics in Mathematics, 3 cr.
MATH120, College Algebra, 4 cr.
MATH122, Technical Mathematics, 3 cr.
MATH138, Precalculus Mathematics, 4 cr.
MATH200, Statistics, 3 cr.
MATH201, Calculus I, 4 cr.
MATH202, Calculus II, 4 cr.
MATH203, Calculus III, 4 cr.
MATH203, Calculus III, 4 cr.
MATH206, Differential Equations, 4 cr.
MATH216, Discrete Mathematics, 4 cr.
Use Schedule Search for electives

Fall Term 2

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 15

CRJU205, Concepts of Criminal Law, 3 cr.
CRJU 205 is only offered in the Fall semester.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
SOCI207, Introduction to Criminology, 3 cr.
SOCI 207 is only offered in the Fall semester.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
Choose one from the courses listed below:
Minimum credits required: 3
ENGL201, Fundamentals of Speech Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
ENGL204, Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
Choose, in consultation with advisor, from the following: CRJU 110, CRJU 210, CRJU 212, CRJU 215, CRJU 217, CRJU 230, POSC 213, or other CRJU Electives including those obtained through articulation agreements between TC3 and BOCES, or transferred from other accredited colleges.
CRJU110, Introduction to Policing, 3 cr.
CRJU210, Introduction to Criminal Investigation, 3 cr.
CRJU212, Community Corrections, 3 cr.
CRJU215, Legal Aspects of Evidence, 3 cr.
CRJU217, Ethics in Criminal Justice, 3 cr.
CRJU230, Criminal Justice Internship, 3 cr.
POSC213, Constitutional Law, 3 cr.
Use Schedule Search for electives
Use Schedule Search for electives

Spring Term 2

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 15

ENGL102, Approaches to Literature, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
SOCI206, Juvenile Delinquency, 3 cr.
SOCI 206 is only offered in the Spring semester.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
Choose one from the courses listed below:
Minimum credits required: 3
HSTY101, Development of the Western Tradition I Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
HSTY102, Development of the Western Tradition II Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Use Schedule Search for electives
Use Schedule Search for electives


SUNY General Education & Tompkins Cortland Liberal Arts courses

Note: The @ symbol represents any course number or discipline. For example, BIOL @ means any course with a Biology course prefix. An @ alone means one course in any course discipline with any course number.

Degree Requirements

A.A.S.
Minimum Credits for Graduation: 60 credits

Note: CRJU Electives: CRJU 104, CRJU 110, CRJU 212, CRJU 217, POSC 213, SOCI 206, or other CRJU Electives including those obtained through articulation agreements between TC3 and BOCES or transferred from other accredited institutions.

Fall Term 1

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 15

CRJU105, Introduction to Criminal Justice, 3 cr.
CRJU 105 requires prior completion or concurrent enrollment in ENGL100. A minimum grade of C is required in CRJU 105.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
ENGL100, Academic Writing I, 3 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in ENGL 100. A student exempted from ENGL 100 must substitute a 3-credit Liberal Arts Elective. The course should be selected in consultation with the student's advisor.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
PSYC103, Introduction to Psychology, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
SOCI101, Introduction to Sociology, 3 cr.
If a student must choose between PSYC 103 or SOCI 101 in the first semester, priority should be given to SOCI 101, since it is a pre-requisite for other program courses.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
Choose one from the courses listed below:
Minimum credits required: 3
POSC103, American National Government Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
POSC104, American State and Local Government Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi

Spring Term 1

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 15

ENGL101, Academic Writing II, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
Choose one from the courses listed below:
Minimum credits required: 3
HSTY101, Development of the Western Tradition I Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
HSTY102, Development of the Western Tradition II Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
HSTY201, American History to 1877 Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
HSTY202, American History Since 1877 Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Select a minimum of 1 credit from the courses listed below:
CAPS 111/121/131 are strongly recommended to fulfill the CAPS Electives.
CAPS@
Use Schedule Search for electives
Select a minimum of 1 credit from the courses listed below:
CAPS 111/121/131 are strongly recommended to fulfill the CAPS Electives.
CAPS@
Use Schedule Search for electives
Select a minimum of 1 credit from the courses listed below:
CAPS 111/121/131 are strongly recommended to fulfill the CAPS Electives.
CAPS@
Use Schedule Search for electives
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
CRJU104, Introduction to Corrections, 3 cr.
CRJU110, Introduction to Policing, 3 cr.
CRJU212, Community Corrections, 3 cr.
CRJU217, Ethics in Criminal Justice, 3 cr.
POSC213, Constitutional Law, 3 cr.
SOCI206, Juvenile Delinquency, 3 cr.
Use Schedule Search for electives
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
MATH@
Use Schedule Search for electives

Fall Term 2

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 15

CRJU205, Concepts of Criminal Law, 3 cr.
CRJU 205 is only offered in the Fall semester.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
CRJU210, Introduction to Criminal Investigation, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
SOCI207, Introduction to Criminology, 3 cr.
SOCI 207 is only offered in the Fall semester.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
Choose one from the courses listed below:
Minimum credits required: 3
ENGL201, Fundamentals of Speech Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
ENGL204, Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Use Schedule Search for electives

Spring Term 2

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 15

CRJU215, Legal Aspects of Evidence, 3 cr.
CRJU 215 is only offered in the Spring semester.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
ENGL102, Approaches to Literature, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
CRJU104, Introduction to Corrections, 3 cr.
CRJU110, Introduction to Policing, 3 cr.
CRJU212, Community Corrections, 3 cr.
CRJU217, Ethics in Criminal Justice, 3 cr.
POSC213, Constitutional Law, 3 cr.
SOCI206, Juvenile Delinquency, 3 cr.
Use Schedule Search for electives
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
ASTR@
BIOL@
CHEM@
ENVS101, Introduction to Environmental Science, 3 cr.
ENVS102, Technology and the Environment, 3 cr.
ENVS116, Soil Science, 3 cr.
ENVS141, Agroecology, 3 cr.
ENVS202, Integrated Pest Management, 3 cr.
GEOL@
METR@
PHSC@
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Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
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SUNY General Education & Tompkins Cortland Liberal Arts courses

Note: The @ symbol represents any course number or discipline. For example, BIOL @ means any course with a Biology course prefix. An @ alone means one course in any course discipline with any course number.

Degree Requirements

Certificate: Criminal Justice
Minimum Credits for Graduation: 30 credits

Note: While ENGL 100 is not a required course in the Criminal Justice Certificate program, it is a pre-requisite for ENGL 101 and other program courses.

Fall Term 1

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 15

CRJU104, Introduction to Corrections, 3 cr.
CRJU 104 is only offered in the Fall semester.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
CRJU105, Introduction to Criminal Justice, 3 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in CRJU 105.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
ENGL101, Academic Writing II, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
PSYC103, Introduction to Psychology, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
SOCI101, Introduction to Sociology, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 

Spring Term 1

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 15

CRJU110, Introduction to Policing, 3 cr.
CRJU 110 is only offered in the Spring semester.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
CRJU215, Legal Aspects of Evidence, 3 cr.
CRJU 215 is only offered in the Spring semester.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
ENGL102, Approaches to Literature, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
Choose one from the courses listed below:
Minimum credits required: 3
POSC103, American National Government Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
POSC104, American State and Local Government Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
HSTY@
Use Schedule Search for electives


SUNY General Education & Tompkins Cortland Liberal Arts courses

Note: The @ symbol represents any course number or discipline. For example, BIOL @ means any course with a Biology course prefix. An @ alone means one course in any course discipline with any course number.

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