Law Enforcement Operations

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Law Enforcement Operations

Bachelor of Science

Housed under FSU Panama City’s Public Safety & Security program, the law enforcement operations major integrates analytic and hands-on practical exercises with theoretical principles to provide students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to succeed in law enforcement, security, intelligence or investigations. A broad range of coursework available online and in-person focuses on the criminal justice system, ethics, interview and interrogation techniques, understanding drug culture, homeland security issues and using technology in investigations.

Students can tailor their education with a certificate in underwater crime scene investigation. Graduates can further advance their career with a master’s level graduate certificate or master’s degree in law enforcement intelligence.

Through on-campus and online coursework and a real-world capstone project, the program prepares graduates to plan and carry out intelligence and surveillance operations in dynamic security settings at the federal, state and local level.  

Combining academic skills and real-world experience, the law enforcement operations major ensures students have the tools necessary to succeed in future careers in law enforcement, intelligence services or the military.

What can I expect from the Law Enforcement Operations Program?

A degree in law enforcement operations helps students understand the demands, functions, goals, management and leadership mechanisms of a police agency. 

Requirements & Coursework

What degrees or certifications are offered in this program?

Bachelor of Science

Certificate in Underwater Crime Scene Investigation (Graduate or Undergraduate)

Certificate in Law Enforcement Intelligence (Graduate)

US News  reports the FSU "online bachelor’s programs took the greatest leap in the rankings, reaching No. 34, up from No. 161 last year. Online undergraduate degree programs include computer science, criminology, social science, and public safety and security."

What types of careers could this program prepare me for?

Local, State, and Federal Law Enforcement Officers and Special Agents including such diverse specialties as: Air Marshall, Alcohol/Tobacco/Firearms Agent, FBI Special Agent, US Marshall, Border Patrol Agent, Conservation Officer, Criminal Investigator, Crime Scene Investigator, Intelligence Analyst, Secret Service Agent, Fish and Game Warden, Immigration Inspector, Medical Examiner Investigator, and Postal Inspector. Civilian opportunities include: Private Investigator, Private Security Agent, and Insurance Claims Adjuster.