School of Criminal Justice
School of Criminal Justice

Criminology and Forensic Technology: Associate of Applied Science Degree
Spokane Valley, WA Campus

Course Descriptions

CJ1110 Introduction to Criminal Justice | 4.5 credit hours

This survey course introduces the scope, principles and purposes of the American criminal justice system with emphasis on criminology, forensics, law enforcement, courts, corrections and security.

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CJ1210 Criminology | 4.5 credit hours

This course introduces the fundamentals of the causes and control of crime. Prerequisite: CJ1110 Introduction to Criminal Justice or equivalent

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CJ1220 Fundamentals of Law Enforcement | 4.5 credit hours

This course provides an overview of policing and law enforcement, criminal justice administration and community policing. Topics include a historical and social review of policing with an emphasis on current trends and strategies used by modern law enforcement agencies to combat and prevent crime. Prerequisite: CJ1110 Introduction to Criminal Justice or equivalent

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CJ1310 Criminal Justice Report Writing | 4.5 credit hours

This course introduces the process of documenting and writing clear, concise, complete and accurate reports common in criminal justice fields. Prerequisites: CJ1110 Introduction to Criminal Justice or equivalent, EN1320 Composition I or equivalent

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CJ1320 Investigations | 4.5 credit hours

This course introduces the processes and procedures used in conducting investigations in criminal justice fields. Students will practice detection, investigation and solution of criminal justice problems. Prerequisite: CJ1110 Introduction to Criminal Justice or equivalent

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CJ1440 Community Corrections | 4.5 credit hours

This course introduces fundamentals of the probation and parole system in the United States as well as other components of community corrections. Prerequisite: CJ1210 Criminology or equivalent

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CJ1470 Criminalistics | 4.5 credit hours

This course introduces modern methods used to examine and investigate evidence. This course includes problem sets and a laboratory component. Prerequisites: SC1130 Survey of the Sciences or equivalent, CJ1320 Investigations or equivalent

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CJ2570 Forensic Technology | 4.5 credit hours

This course is a continuation of the study of forensics begun in the Criminalistics course. Students use principles of forensics and technology tools to further examine evidence and recreate crime scenes. Prerequisite: CJ1470 Criminalistics or equivalent

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CJ2670 Computer Forensics | 4.5 credit hours

This course introduces fundamentals of securing a crime scene and gathering evidence from computers used in a crime. Prerequisite: CJ1110 Introduction to Criminal Justice or equivalent

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CJ2799 Criminology and Forensic Technology Capstone Project | 4.5 credit hours

This is a culminating course in the Criminology and Forensic Technology program. Students are given the opportunity to demonstrate skills and knowledge developed from courses in the program. Prerequisites: Completion of a minimum of 75 credits earned in the program of study including CJ2570 Forensic Technology or equivalent

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CO2520 Communications | A 4.5 credit hour Humanities course

The course focuses on the history, principles and techniques of interpersonal, organizational and mass communications, and on communicating using written, verbal and visual formats. Prerequisites: Completion of a minimum of 54 credits earned in the program of study including EN1320 Composition I or equivalent

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EN1320 Composition I | A 4.5 credit hour Composition course

This course examines phases of the writing process, with emphasis on the structure of writing and techniques for communicating clearly, precisely and persuasively. Prerequisite: GS1145 Strategies for the Technical Professional or equivalent

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EN1420 Composition II | A 4.5 credit hour Composition course

This course builds on the foundations of Composition I with additional emphasis in rhetorical structures, argumentation, and research. Presenting strong arguments using visual and oral communication techniques is also included. Prerequisite: EN1320 Composition I or equivalent

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GS1140 Problem Solving Theory | 4.5 credit hours

This course introduces students to fundamental principles, strategies and methods of problem solving theory.

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GS1145 Strategies for the Technical Professional | 4.5 credit hours

This course reviews characteristic and trends of the global information society including basic information processing, Internet research, other skills used by the technical professionals and techniques that can be used for independent technical learning.

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GS2745 Advanced Strategies for the Technical Professional | 3.0 credit hours

This course focuses on skills, characteristics and attitudes that contribute to professional life. Topics include personal integrity, business communication skills, teamwork and conflict resolution, financial literacy, professional work habits, networking and social media, and lifelong learning. Prerequisites: Completion of a minimum of 65 credits earned in the program of study; Prerequisite or Corequisite: CO2520 Communications or equivalent

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LE1430 Fundamentals of Criminal Law | 4.5 credit hours

This course is an overview of criminal law, criminal procedures and crimes against person, property or public order. Students also explore the distinction between criminal law and civil law. Prerequisite: PL1110 Introduction to Paralegal or equivalent or CJ1110 Introduction to Criminal Justice or equivalent; Prerequisites or Corequisites: EN1420 Composition II or equivalent, PS1350 American Government or equivalent

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MA1210 College Mathematics I | A 4.5 credit hour Mathematics course

This course focuses on fundamental mathematical concepts including quadratic, polynomial and radical equations, linear functions and their graphs, systems of linear equations, functions and their properties and matrices. Activities will include solving problems and using appropriate technological tools. Prerequisite: GS1140 Problem Solving Theory or equivalent

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PS1350 American Government | A 4.5 credit hour Social Science course

This course examines principles and theory related to the United States federal government, including the development and foundations of the U.S. Constitution, the organization and function of the federal government including the legislative, executive and judicial branches, political parties, the electoral process, and the relationship between states and the federal government. Prerequisite: EN1320 Composition I or equivalent

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SC1130 Survey of the Sciences | A 4.5 credit hour Science course

This survey course is designed to familiarize the student with the methods of rational inquiry and problem solving in the sciences. Students will explore a selection of topics in the scientific fields including physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy and earth science, to develop basic scientific literacy and the ability to critically analyze issues of science. This course includes a laboratory component.


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