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Undergraduate Majors

Ohio University's nine undergraduate colleges offer more than 250 programs of study. Students may select from a wide variety of majors, minors and certificates. While most undergraduate programs at the Athens campus are designed to be completed in four years, a limited number of two-year degree programs are available as well.

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

Major code AA5505

Office of Regional Higher Education
Ohio University Chillicothe
Bennett Hall
101 University Drive
Chillicothe, OH 45601
Phone: 740.774.7708 or 800.462.6824
Fax: 740.774.7295

Dr. James McKean, contact person or any regional campus student services office

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.  

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 and a BCI background check, unless one has been done for another institution.  

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.  

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.