Bachelor of Criminal Justice

Criminalistics

Study and evaluate physical evidence from crime scene to courtroom, following the strictest legal and scientific evidence processing rules. If in-depth, intense study of physical evidence is your calling, then the criminalistics program at TU is for you. We provide a solid foundation for your future in local, state and federal police departments, as well as private investigative services.

WHAT IS CRIMINALISTICS?

Criminalistics is intended for students who desire to become law enforcement officers specializing in the area of forensic evidence. It provides a focus for the student who wishes to become involved in the science-based processing and study of evidence of crimes at the non-laboratory level.

Ohio Police Officer Training Academy (OPOTA)

To be a sworn police officer in Ohio, you must successfully complete the Ohio Police Officer Training Academy (OPOTA). Tiffin University partners with Terra State Community College to include the cost of the academy in tuition and can be earned in just one semester.

This unique training academy is state mandated for all police officers and covers firearms, legal administration, human relations, traffic, patrol, driving, subject control, investigations, civil disorder, physical conditioning and other aspects of law enforcement. Students apply direct, hands-on practice in the crime lab, firing range and police cruisers. With experienced, certified instructors and hands-on application, our students consistently achieve passing rates on the state-certified exam.

Once graduates of the program earn the certification, they are immediately eligible for full-time employment.

Testimonial

“Tiffin University gave me my best friend and pushed me to my highest potential. The OPOTA program put me ahead in the hiring process and my bachelor’s degree set me apart from other candidates.”

Cassidy Ralph
Hometown: Marion, Ohio
Graduation: Spring, 2019
Major: Bachelor of Criminal Justice in Law Enforcement
Position: Police Officer with the City of Marysville Division of Police

Core Curriculum of the School of Criminal Justice 18 hours

Criminalistics Major 49 hours

CDS334 Technology and Crime.....................................................................................................................................................................3 hours

ENF239 Applied Criminal Investigation & Criminalistics ................................................................................................................. 3 hours

ENF293 Criminology (w).................................................................................................................................................................................3 hours

ENF355 Forensic Investigation of Sex Crimes........................................................................................................................................3 hours

ENF420 Investigative Interviewing............................................................................................................................................................3 hours

ENF432 Death Investigations........................................................................................................................................................................3 hours

ENF460 Evidence Processing (w)................................................................................................................................................................4 hours

FSC115 Introduction to Forensic Science..................................................................................................................................................3 hours

FSC115L Introduction to Forensic Science Lab ......................................................................................................................................... 1 hour

JUS461 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice.............................................................................................................................................3 hours

JUS465 Trial Evidence (Capstone)...............................................................................................................................................................4 hours

NAT114 Survey of Science...............................................................................................................................................................................3 hours

NAT150 Human Anatomy and Physiology..............................................................................................................................................3 hours

NAT150L Human Anatomy and Physiology lab ...................................................................................................................................... 1 hour

NAT291 Drugs and the Body..........................................................................................................................................................................3 hours

PSY362 Abnormal Behavior...........................................................................................................................................................................3 hours

PSY101 Introduction to Psychology............................................................................................................................................................3 hours

Total...........................................................................................................................................................................49 hours 

Some courses may have prerequisites. See course description for details.

Total Bachelor of Criminal Justice hours 121

 

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.

On Campus - Offered in a 15-week semester format with a start date of January and August

Online - Offered in two terms per semester starting in January, March, May, July, August and October

There are no related concentrations available.

Information Security (CDS344) - This course will introduce information security as an essential component in our war against terrorism. All information must be secure or the probability of winning the war will be diminished. With advances in technology and software, cyber-terrorism has become very real. Computer hackers and terrorists can shut down our nation’s most critical infrastructures. There can be no doubt that cyber-terror can pose a very real threat to this nation’s security. Students will become familiar with the entire arena of information security.

Survey of Computer Forensics (CDS351) - This course will provide the student with an overview of current terms and concepts that form the basis for all computer investigations. A comparative analysis of computer forensics and other criminal forensic sciences will be conducted to provide the student understanding of the forensics field. The student will become familiar with computer hardware, operating systems, programming and networking (including a comprehensive review of internet protocols and routing). The course will conclude with a review of typical computer crimes and common computer intruder methods.

Applied Criminal Investigation and Criminalistics (ENF239) - Emphasis on the investigation of specific crimes including, but not limited to, homicide, sexual assault, aggravated assault, robbery, burglary, theft, auto theft and arson. Students will be required to investigate a “mock” crime scene, collect and analyze evidence obtained and present their investigation in a “moot” court.

Advanced Criminalistics (ENF320) - This course focuses on crime scene investigative processes, methods, and procedures. It expands on the topics covered in FSC115 and ENF239. It offers the student the opportunity to apply scientific theory in a practical setting. Topics include the role of the first responder to the crime scene, methodologies to approaching the crime scene, crime scene analysis, a thorough overview of the gamut of physical evidence including blood and biological, impression, fingerprint, firearm, drug, digital, tool mark and trace evidence. Additionally, this course offers familiarization with specialized investigations including death, arson, mass fatalities and sex crimes investigations. It is designed with the duties of the field criminalist in mind.

Forensic Investigation of Sex Crimes (ENF355) - This course presents a detailed overview of the responsibilities of a sex crimes investigator including information regarding victim’s issues, legal issues, search and seizure issues as well as mechanics of a sexual assault investigation and secondary traumatic stress syndrome. This course will also examine different types of offenders and specific issues unique to sex crimes investigations.

  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Fire Arms and Explosives
  • Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Coroner’s Office/ Medical Examiner’s Office
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Forensic Laboratories in Police
  • Intelligence Agencies
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Private Forensic Agencies in Drug Enforcement
  • Secret Service
  • Sheriff’s Offices
  • U.S. Postal Service
  • U.S. Secret Service

While it is extremely competitive to obtain such appointments, TU alumni have gone on to careers in these agencies:

  • Federal Police Departments
  • Local Police Departments
  • Private Investigator
  • State Police Departments

If you want to learn more about our online or on-campus programs for working adults, click here.

Faculty

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dean_butler

Dean Butler

butlerd@tiffin.edu

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • Bachelor of Science, Tiffin University
  • Master of Science Administration, Tiffin University
  • STEP – Supervisor Training & Education Program
  • PELC – Police Executive Leadership College

Dean Butler

Dean is an Assitant Profesor of Criminal Justice. He is retired frm the U.S. Air Force, Ohio Army National Guard, and Ohio Air National Guard after 26 years of service. Dean also spent 23 years as a Lieutenant in the Perrysburg Police Division and 4 years in the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office.

Dean Butler
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Dean Butler
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Kevin Cashen
Kevin Cashen

Kevin Cashen

cashenk@tiffin.edu
(419) 448-3322

Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice & Security Studies

NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.A., The Ohio State University
  • M.C.J., The University of Alabama
  • M.A., The Naval Postgraduate School

Kevin Cashen

Assistant Professor Kevin Cashen teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in criminal justice and homeland security and has actively been involved in online learning. Mr. Cashen earned a B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from The Ohio State University, a Master of Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama and a Master of Arts in Security Studies (Homeland Security and Defense) through the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.

Assistant Professor Cashen started his career in criminal justice as a correctional worker with the Lucas County Department of Work Release in 1983 and retired in August 2009 as the Chief of Police with the Norwalk Police Department. Mr. Cashen held various positions within the Norwalk Police Department to include patrol officer, detective, sergeant, captain, executive officer and chief. Assistant Professor Cashen attended the FBI National Academy and is a Certified Law Enforcement Executive through the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police. Assistant Professor Cashen is a member of various local and state boards and committees.

Kevin Cashen
Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice & Security Studies
Kevin Cashen
Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice & Security Studies
Dr. Lacy Ellis
Dr. Lacy Ellis

Lacy Ellis, Ph.D.

EllisLK@tiffin.edu
419-448-3051

Associate Professor & Assistant Dean for Criminal Justice

Department Chair, Criminal Justice

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.C.J., Tiffin University
  • M.S., Tiffin University
  • Ph.D., in Public Policy and Administration, Walden University

Lacy Ellis, Ph.D.

Dr. Lacy Ellis holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice from Tiffin University, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University focusing her studies on women in law enforcement. Dr. Ellis comes to Tiffin University with previous teaching experience in both online, hybrid, and traditional seated classes.

Before pursuing academics, Dr. Ellis received her OPOTA Certification and served in a variety of positions within the criminal justice community. She started her career as an undercover narcotics agent working cases from street level to deep cover operations. She served as an intelligence specialist, training at the DEA Academy in Quantico, Virginia, receiving the Federal Law Enforcement Analytical Training Certification. She also has experience in death investigation working as an investigator for Wayne County Coroner's Office. Dr. Ellis currently holds her commission with a local Sheriff’s Office. She is an ALICE Certified Instructor and conducts trainings for Active Shooter Response.

Dr. Ellis is a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the American Society for Public Administration. Her research interests include the psychological effects of law enforcement, gender studies in law enforcement, motherhood and policy, active shooter response, and physical fitness. She lives in Northeast Ohio with her husband Charles, also in law enforcement, and their three children, Hunter, Olivia and Rayne.

Lacy Ellis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor & Assistant Dean for Criminal Justice
Lacy Ellis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor & Assistant Dean for Criminal Justice
Sandra Miller
Sandra Miller

Sandra Miller, Ph.D.

millersj@tiffin.edu
419-448-3168

Associate Professor of Criminology

Department Chair CJNS Undergraduate Seated

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.S., University of Toledo
  • M.S.C.J., Tiffin University
  • Ph.D., Northcentral University

Sandra Miller, Ph.D.

Dr. Miller is an Associate Professor of Criminology in the School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses. Before joining Tiffin University as full-time faculty, Dr. Miller served as an adjunct professor for 15 years and taught graduate courses at the University of Toledo and police science courses at Owens Community College. Dr. Miller received her B.Ed. from the University of Toledo, her MSCJ with concentrations in both justice administration and forensic psychology from Tiffin University, and her Ph.D. in Psychology from Northcentral University. 

Prior to joining Tiffin University, Dr. Miller was a detective for 34 years with the Toledo Police Department. Her main field of expertise was sex crimes investigations, and her vast experience as a detective also includes investigating homicides, violent crimes against persons, property crimes, and juvenile crimes.

Dr. Miller’s research interests are focused on police mental health. As an employee assistance professional (EAP) with the Toledo Police Department Dr. Miller was involved in numerous debriefings following critical incidents, provided guidance and advice to officers struggling with PTSD and grief, and provided education and monitoring of the mental wellness of officers and their families. 

Dr. Miller currently volunteers as a CASA/GAL (Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian Ad Litem) for Lucas County and sits on the City of Toledo Civilian Police Review Board. On campus, you can find Dr. Miller working as a Deputy Title IX Coordinator and civil rights investigator.

 

Sandra Miller, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Criminology
Sandra Miller, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Criminology
Pete Piraino
Pete Piraino

Pete Piraino, Ph.D.

PirainoP@tiffin.edu
419-448-3395

Interim Vice Provost, Dean, School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences

Department Chair Criminal Justice Graduate Programs and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice & Security Studies

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • Ph.D., Public Policy and Administration, Walden University
  • M.A., Governors State University
  • B.S., Western Illinois University

Pete Piraino, Ph.D.

Pete Piraino joined Tiffin University as a full-time Instructor in January, 2012. Professor Piraino teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in criminal justice and homeland security. Prior to becoming a full-time faculty member, he served at Tiffin as an adjunct instructor for three years.

Professor Piraino recently retired from the United States Secret Service, as Resident Agent in Charge of its Toledo Resident Office, overseeing Secret Service operations for the 21 counties of Northwest Ohio. Throughout his 23-year career with the Secret Service, he served in a variety of protective and investigative assignments that have taken him to over 40 countries on six continents.

Some of his managerial assignments in the Secret Service included positions in the Vice Presidential Protective Division in Washington, D.C. under then Vice President Cheney, as Protective Detail Leader for Mary Cheney, the daughter of the Vice President, and in the Intelligence Division. Professor Piraino also served in the Secret Service's Presidential Protective Division under Presidents Clinton and Bush.

Prior to his 12-year assignment in Washington, D.C., Professor Piraino served as Special Agent in the Chicago Field Office of the Secret Service investigating a variety of federal criminal violations including counterfeit currency, financial fraud, and threats against Secret Service protected persons. While assigned to the Chicago Field Office, he served as a supervisor on a year-long multi-agency undercover task force investigating USDA food stamp fraud throughout the Chicago area.

Prior to joining the Secret Service, Professor Piraino was a Special Agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (now the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) investigating arson for profit and federal firearms violations. Prior to that, he was a police officer in suburban Chicago for eight years.

Professor Piraino received a Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement Administration from Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois, and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Governors State University, University Park, Illinois. Professor Piraino earned his Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University. He is the recipient of numerous awards and citations throughout his 33 years as a sworn law enforcement officer.

Pete Piraino, Ph.D.
Interim Vice Provost, Dean, School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences
Pete Piraino, Ph.D.
Interim Vice Provost, Dean, School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences

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