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Law Enforcement Technology Major (A.A.S.)

Program Overview

Ohio University Chillicothe, Ohio University Lancaster, and Ohio University Southern offer a two-year program leading to an Associate in Applied Science in law enforcement technology. This program prepares you for entry level employment in law enforcement or enhancing the opportunity for promotion by providing academic preparation for the contemporary officer. Upon completion of this program, if interested, you may continue in the Bachelor of Criminal Justice program on one of the regional campuses or the Athens campus. Law Enforcement courses are also available online. You may also work toward the Athens-based baccalaureate degree in forensic chemistry. Additional information is available from the law enforcement technology program director or Regional Higher Education.  

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the law enforcement technology major, students will:

  • Demonstrate foundational skills in the administration of justice by differentiating the role of police, corrections, courts and community in contemporary America.
  • Assess the evolution of policing in America through a core recognition of law enforcement history, organization, subculture and criminological theory.
  • Recognize the legal elements of a Constitutional case study in order to assess criminal law, rules of evidence and the role of the courts in the adjudication of the law in America.
  • Integrate knowledge from discipline specific courses in criminalistics, rules of evidence, narcotics, homeland security, and patrol operations to effectively conduct a criminal investigation.
  • Demonstrate an analytical ability to make proactive decisions through knowledge of contemporary criminal justice information systems, computer technology and effective deployment of technology in collaboration with the community to reduce criminal opportunities.
  • Analyze criminal justice research in order to develop evidence-based practices.
  • Develop a criminal justice ethical perspective consistent with 21st century America in order to effectively and ethically perform a criminal justice role in law enforcement, corrections or the courts.
  • Use the LET degree as a platform to complete an advanced degree in criminal justice.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Career opportunities after graduation may be available in such areas as state highway patrol, local and county law enforcement agencies, corrections, juvenile authorities, and as probation or parole officers.Students can articulate into the Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree program.  

    Academic Catalog

    The academic catalog provides additional information about curriculum and courses for this major.
    Academic Catalog

    Program Details

    Associate in Applied Science


    University College 
    Ohio University
    140 Chubb Hall
    Athens, Ohio 45701
    Phone: 740.593.1935
    Fax: 740.593.0206

    Administrative Contact

    Dr. James McKean, contact person