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    Sep 17

    Online Start Date
    Sep 17, 2014

    Oct 15

    Online Start Date
    Oct 15, 2014

    Nov 12

    Online and Campus Start Date
    Nov 12, 2014

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  • Curriculum: All Tracks

    Prerequisite

    CJ 101: INTRODUCTION TO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM (5 Credits)

    This course provides an overview of the criminal justice system in the United States. Students gain an understanding of the philosophy and development of the criminal justice system, the current state of the criminal justice agencies and institutions, and the issues and challenges facing them.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Prerequisite Credits: 25
    Total Program Credits: 44

    CJ 102: CRIMINOLOGY I (5 Credits)

    This course presents a framework for studying the nature and causes of crime and antisocial behavior. It focuses on explanations provided through criminal topologies and criminological theories, using a variety of multidisciplinary perspectives. Topics range from crime causation to the extent of crime, victimization, social and psychological theories, and various types of criminality including violent, property, and public order offenses.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Prerequisite Credits: 25
    Total Program Credits: 44

    MM 212: COLLEGE ALGEBRA (5 Credits)

    This course covers topics of algebra including linear functions, equations, and inequalities, systems of equations with two variables, polynomial functions, rational and radical equations and inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, ratios, proportions, variation, and graphing.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Prerequisite Credits: 25
    Total Program Credits: 44

    100/ 200 LEVEL: COMPOSITION COURSE (5 Credits)

    Total Prerequisite Credits: 25
    Total Program Credits: 44

    200 LEVEL OR ABOVE: PHYSICAL/BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE COURSE (5 Credits)

    Total Prerequisite Credits: 25
    Total Program Credits: 44

    Certificate Requirements

    CJ 210: CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION (5 Credits)

    This course explains the importance and legal significance of evidence. It demonstrates how the investigative process works, from crime scene preservation to case preparation and courtroom presentation. It also examines various techniques used during criminal investigations, such as photography, interviewing, evidence handling, and scene reconstruction, and how each applies to specific types of crimes.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 44
    Total Program Credits: 44

    CJ 328: FORENSIC FINGERPRINT ANALYSIS (6 Credits)

    This course provides the student with a historical view of the science of fingerprints, as well as a look at the struggle to develop a universal classification system. It will discuss the basic fundamentals of the formation of friction ridge skin and the functions of the different layers of human skin. As the course explores the systematic approach to processing crime scenes for latent fingerprints, the student will experience hands-on fingerprint processing techniques. In addition, various types of computer software and photography equipment will be evaluated as latent print enhancement and documentary tools. In summation, the course will delve into the actual evaluation and comparison of latent prints, ending with a discussion of the latent print examiner as an expert witness in court.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 44
    Total Program Credits: 44

    CJ 345: SUPERVISORY PRACTICES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (6 Credits)

    This course combines state-of-the-art behavioral theory with numerous cases that allow students to identify and resolve personnel and organizational problems. It prepares students for effective police management and supervision.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 44
    Total Program Credits: 44

    CJ 355: HOMELAND SECURITY (6 Credits)

    The course provides an introduction to homeland security and the agency role in preparing national security for threats of domestic and international terrorism. This role ensures homeland security management and operational assistance for federal, state, and local agencies. The goal of this course is to ensure students develop an understanding of how the Department of Homeland Security prepares and addresses domestic and international terrorism. The student should be able to apply this knowledge from both an academic and practitioner perspective. Students will demonstrate the ability to apply this knowledge by identifying and applying homeland security management principles and practices.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 44
    Total Program Credits: 44

    CJ 370: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION II (6 Credits)

    This course provides students with a general overview of crime scene techniques for a basic understanding of how to process crime scenes. Students will also learn the importance of evaluating and processing evidence in order to assist crime laboratory experts.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 44
    Total Program Credits: 44

    CJ 385: FORENSIC CHEMISTRY AND TRACE EVIDENCE ANALYSIS (6 Credits)

    This course enhances the student's understanding of forensic science and its application to criminal investigations. It examines the history and development of the crime laboratory, forensic services provided to the law enforcement community, and the function of the forensic scientist. It provides an overview of the various types of physical evidence commonly submitted to the forensic laboratory for analysis. Students will explore how the forensic scientist uses analytical instruments and microscopes to examine, identify, and compare chemical and physical properties of suspected drug and toxicology samples, and trace evidence (e.g., glass, soil, metal, hair, fibers, paint, flammable liquids, and explosives).

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 370

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 44
    Total Program Credits: 44

    CJ 483: INDEPENDENT STUDY IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3 Credits)

    In this course, students will engage in an independent, directed-studies project focused on a student-submitted topic of inquiry. The student will select a project or topic for inquiry which is of interest and relevant to her/his professional goals.

    Prerequisites Required: A minimum of 30 quarter credit hours of criminal justice coursework completed

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 44
    Total Program Credits: 44

    CJ 444: MANAGING CRIMINAL JUSTICE ORGANIZATIONS (6 Credits)

    This course deals with concepts and theory in the field of organizational behavior. The course focuses on the historical perspectives of organizational theorists, theories of motivations and leadership, and future trends and developments in modern organizations.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 44
    Total Program Credits: 44

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