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Palmetto College

Criminal Justice - Crime Analysis

The Palmetto College Online Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice is issued by USC Upstate, one of USC's senior campuses.


Crime Analysis is a powerful set of tools and strategies for collecting and using data to identify crime patterns and inform policing decisions. There are many ways that crime analysts support public safety and help to enhance the effectiveness of their agencies. 

For example, crime analysts can use data to identify a potential serial offender in an area or an increase in certain types of crime around specific locations or targets. This knowledge allows a policing agency to use appropriate resources effectively to eliminate opportunities for criminal activity. Crime analysts offer critical support for any agency employing evidence-based policing strategies.

Purpose Statement

The Palmetto Criminal Justice Degree Program was specifically designed for college students with approximately two or more years of accredited college coursework. Additionally, the unique design of online learning allows those currently employed, raising families, or otherwise unable to attend classes in a traditional campus setting to earn their degree online.

What Can I Do With a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with Crime Analysis Concentration from USC Upstate?

This degree program provides students with the basic skills required for an entry-level position as a Crime Analyst in a local, state, or federal law enforcement agency.


USC Upstate is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Commission on Colleges.

Prerequisites & Requirements

Students who have previously attended USC or other regionally accredited colleges/universities in the United States and have attained at least 30 credit hours may be considered for admittance into the program.

Program Length

The degree completion time is dependent on the number of courses accepted by USC Upstate for transfer credit and number of courses a student successfully completes each semester.  Students are generally able to complete the program in two years or less, depending on their ability to manage coursework, career, family, and other life circumstances. The Concentration in Crime Analysis may be earned along with the criminal justice degree without extending time until graduation, depending on the student’s prior coursework.

Real Work Experience/Field Experience

Students can participate in internships, field research, service learning, and academic projects as part of their academic experience. Palmetto College students have also participated in national and regional academic travel as part of the degree program.


Employing a crime analyst is a particularly cost-effective measure for police agencies since the majority of crime tends to be committed by a small percentage of offenders and/or in a small percentage of locations within the jurisdiction. Crime analysts use statistics, mapping, and data science to figure out which factors create crime problems. Then police agencies can work together with communities and other organizations, like city planning, code enforcement, or social service agencies to focus on those areas proactively and come up with strategies to disrupt crime. 

Important Dates

USC Upstate and the Palmetto Criminal Justice Degree Program offers a "rolling" application process which allows students to apply anytime. Actual class schedules generally operate on traditional semester-based terms. Fall (August-December); Spring (January-May); Summer (May-August). The USC Upstate/Palmetto Criminal Justice Program is designed to help students decide how long or short their degree goal will take by offering a wealth of classes in all three semesters and by also offering many courses in half-semester increments to allow for greater balance for those employed or working varying shifts. The Concentration in Crime Analysis is offered annually beginning each August.

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