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Law Enforcement Technology

Law Enforcement Technology

Prepare for a career in law enforcement with the Associate in Applied Science in Law Enforcement Technology. Whether you are looking to enter the field of law enforcement or are already working in the field and working to advance in your career, OHIO’s associate degree in law enforcement technology can help you reach your goals.

The Associate in Applied Science in Law Enforcement Technology offers students a broad academic background in the traditional liberal arts, supplemented by critical technical training. Students who would like to continue and earn a bachelor’s degree may apply the professional training and credit hours from the LET program toward the Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree, available through all Ohio University campuses and OHIO Online.

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The law enforcement technology program offers flexible scheduling for full-time and part-time students. Full-time students enroll in 15 or more credit hours per semester to complete their degree in two years. Part-time students enroll in a recommended minimum course load of seven credit hours per semester.


Sample Curriculum

Major Core Requirements

  • LET 1000 - Introduction to Law Enforcement Technology
  • LET 1050 - Ethics and Legal Issues 
  • LET 1100 - Police Role in Crime and Delinquency
  • LET 1200 - Constitution & Criminal Law
  • LET 2600 - Multicultural Policing: Cultural Perspectives in Criminal Justice


Complete either the Law Enforcement Management Track or the Corrections Management Track

Law Enforcement Management Track

  • LET 1450 - Introduction to Criminalistics and Forensic Science 
  • LET 2000 - Procedures, Rules, and Test of Evidence
  • LET 2450 - Law Enforcement Administration and Supervision 
  • LET 2650 - Introduction to Criminal Investigation

Corrections Management Track

  • LET 1350 - Introduction to Corrections 
  • LET 1550 - Management of a Correctional Crisis 
  • LET 2050 - Introduction to Legal Issues in Corrections 
  • LET 2250 - Correctional Management & Supervision 

Law Enforcement Technical Electives*

  • LET 2750 - Law Enforcement and the Deaf 
  • LET 4510 - Mass Murder in the United States of America: Implications for Criminal Justice 

*Other options for electives may also be available


Non-Major Required Courses


Activity Requirement

  • LET 2901 - Unarmed Self-Defense 
  • PAW 1215 - Fundamentals of Judo


Communication Requirement

  • COMS 1100 - Communication Among Cultures 


English Requirement

  • ENG 1510 - Writing and Rhetoric I 


Math Requirement

Complete at least 3 hours in a quantitative reasoning course (FQR). MATH 1200 is recommended for BCJ students.


BRICKS requirement
Complete 6 hours from at least two of the following three areas to fulfill requirements for:

  • Humanities: Texts and Contexts (PHTC) or Arts (PHA)
  • Natural Sciences (PNS) or Natural World (ANW)
  • Social or Behavioral Sciences (PSBS) or Connected World (ACNW)


Political Science Requirement

  • POLS 3200 - Urban Politics 
  • POLS 1010 - Politics in the United States 


Psychology Requirement

  • PSY 1010 - General Psychology 


Sociology Requirement

  • SOC 1000 - Introduction to Sociology 
  • Complete an additional 3 hours of SOC at the 2000-level or above


Technology Requirement

  • QBA 1721 - Introduction to Information Analysis and Descriptive Analytics (Nonmajor)

Online Option

The Law Enforcement Technology program is available in an online format for individuals already in a career, or other students desiring schedule flexibility. Students complete their LET core courses as well as the courses required for the LET Management or Corrections Management specialty areas fully online. General education support courses are also available online. Online students should contact the LET Program Coordinator for further information on the online option.


    Potential Careers

    The Associate in Applied Science in Law Enforcement Technology offers a strong foundation for careers in municipal, county, state, and federal law enforcement, as well as corrections, probation, parole and commercial/private security.


    Tuition and Fees

    The OHIO Guarantee takes the guesswork out of budgeting for college and provides a fixed rate table for tuition and most fees for four years (or 12 consecutive semesters). 

    Financial aid for undergraduate students (regardless of discipline) is available in the form of scholarships, grants and student loans. Learn more from one of our Financial Aid Advisors.


    West Virginia and Kentucky Residents

    Exploring the Southern or Eastern Campus? Residents of West Virginia can now qualify for in-state tuition. Kentucky residents in nearby counties can qualify for in-state tuition at OHIO Southern or Athens. Access the resources of a large, public university at an affordable, regional campus rate.


    Learning Environment

    LET students complete a set of core courses and may pursue tracks in Law Enforcement Management or Corrections Management. Students will complete courses in law enforcement, ethics, sociology, psychology, management, and more. LET students may be able to apply previous, relevant work experience and completed certifications toward the college credit as part of their associate degree.

Program Admission Requirements

First-Year Students

There are no requirements beyond Ohio University's admission requirements. Anyone who holds a high school diploma or has a GED certificate is eligible for admission to any Ohio University regional campus. Regional campuses have a rolling admissions policy which means that students may be admitted anytime during the year. Applicants will be accepted until class begins each semester. However, prospective students are advised to begin the application process as soon as possible so that they may be given important dates and deadlines in a timely manner. Freshmen applicants are encouraged to complete an online application for enrollment.

Transfer Students

If you have completed 12 hours of post-secondary education with at least a C average at an institution of higher learning, you are considered a transfer applicant at Ohio University. If you have completed fewer than 12 semester hours, you will apply as a freshman applicant.

To apply as a transfer student, applicants are encouraged to complete an online application for enrollment.

My associate degree

from the Law Enforcement Technology program at Ohio University allowed me to work in corrections for two years and it has led me to my position as a licensed practical nurse at the Franklin County Corrections Center - Mary Gibson, Class of 2014

Mary Gibson

The Law Enforcement Technology program

sticks with me to this day. It was more than the education; it was the conversations, and words of wisdom. If you want to be a police officer, you’ll make great connections. You are going to be able to help people. You have an opportunity to make a big impact on people at a time when they are at their most vulnerable. - Justin Cox, Class of 2020, Reynoldsburg Division of Police

Justin Cox

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