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Forensic Investigations A.A.S.

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Develop a fundamental understanding of processing a crime scene.

As a Forensic Investigations major, you’ll develop occupational competence for entry into public law enforcement and/or private investigative fields.

Successful graduates of this program:

  • Use skills and knowledge needed to work within the Criminal Justice field
  • Understand the fundamentals of processing a crime scene
  • Obtain the complex skills required of a crime scene investigator/photographer
  • Locate, document and collect physical evidence at a crime scene
  • Insure the chain of custody is maintained
  • Properly mark all evidence prior to collection and account for it at all times until the crime is solved

Graduates find employment in entry level positions in public and private investigative agencies and companies. Projected annual statewide job openings through 2008 are 300 new jobs and 1,120 replacement jobs.

Graduates may also choose to go on to colleges and universities such as SUNY College of Technology at Canton College, John Jay College, SUC at Buffalo, SUNY Albany, SUC at Oneonta, SUC at Plattsburgh, SUC at Brockport and Utica College.


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Featured Graduate

LenhartAs a Patrol Officer for the Fulton City Police, Mary Lenhart works daily to serve and protect her community, enforce laws, and deter crime.  “As cliché as it sounds,” Lenhart says, “I love getting to help better my community and keep it safe every day.”

At Herkimer, Lenhart gained the knowledge she needed in her career choice.  She credits the small class sizes with allowing her to work one on with her professors.  “That’s something you don’t get at bigger colleges,” Lenhart says.

“My professors were always supportive and eager to help me pursue my dream of becoming a police officer,” Lenhart recalls. “My experience at Herkimer really helped to prepare me for my career path.”




Transfer Agreements

Below is a list of transfer agreements we have established (for our Forensic Investigations A.A.S. Program) with four-year colleges & universities to provide a seamless transfer of credits.

Programs also offered online are denoted by asterisk.*

Course Catalog

View our program course requirements as published in the College Catalog: Forensic Investigations A.A.S.

Job Opportunities

  • Forensic Investigator
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Crime Scene Examiner
  • Forensic Science Technician
  • Private Investigator
  • Crime Laboratory Analyst
  • Medical Examiner
  • Forensic Engineer

Prior Felony Disclaimer

State University of New York (SUNY) policy prohibits Herkimer County Community College admission applications from inquiring into an applicant’s prior criminal history. After acceptance, the College shall inquire if the student previously has been convicted of a felony if such individual seeks campus housing or participation in clinical or field experiences, internships or study abroad programs. The information required to be disclosed under SUNY policy regarding such felony convictions shall be reviewed by a standing campus committee consistent with the legal standards articulated in New York State Corrections Law.

Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions. Students who have concerns about such matters are advised to contact the academic division office of their intended academic program.

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