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Hudson Valley Community College

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Hudson Valley Community College

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HUDSON VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE (HVCC), WHICH SERVES approximately 13,000 students each semester, is currently the second-largest institution of higher learning in the Capital Region of New York State. HVCC offers more than 75 degree and certificate programs through its four schools: Business, Engineering & Industrial Technologies, Health Sciences, and Liberal Arts & Sciences-with 22 degrees and certificates offered in an online format.

Among the programs offered by HVCC is Criminal Justice, which is not only one of the school's largest academic programs, but it has also been ranked as one of the largest programs of its kind in the country by Community College Week. Moreover, according to a recent report from Community College Week, HVCC ranks as one of the biggest and most productive two-year colleges in the United States, with 1,974 associate degrees awarded in 2012 2013. There were 162 graduates last year in the Criminal Justice A.S. and A.A.S. programs.

The HVCC Criminal Justice, Forensic Science and Public Administration Department controls five degree programs: A.A.S. in Criminal Justice, A.S. in Forensic Science, A.A.S. in Public Administration. A.A.S. in Criminal Investigation and an A.S. in Criminal Justice, as well as a certificate in Animal Policy. The school notes that this department creates "a broad educational experience that provides students with an understanding of the conditions that cause crime in our communities and the response to our multicultural society." Its goals are for the students to develop literacy within their discipline, along with analytical skills and competencies.

The Forensic Science Studies program addresses the interdisciplinary nature of forensic science, and the curriculum focuses on both criminal justice and the sciences. Required courses for the associate in science degree include biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, physics and English composition, as well as several required courses related to forensic evidence, criminal justice and criminal investigation. …

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