Bachelor of Science (Tennessee residents will receive a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree.)

Criminal Justice - Cyber Security (Online Bachelor's Program)

This program teaches the fundamentals of the criminal justice system and criminal justice skills. The program offers a foundation in criminal law, legal procedures, criminal evidence and criminology. Areas of study include law enforcement, the courts and corrections. The program also covers the foundation of risks and damages associated with digital fraud and cyber crimes including Internet crime, cyberstalking, electronic crime and identity theft. Special emphasis is placed on the cornerstones of cyber security including the methodologies of inspection, protection, detection, reaction and response. Topics include formal specification and verification of security properties, operating system security, trust management, security auditing and intrusion detection, security policy, safeguards and countermeasures, risk mitigation, covert channels and identification and authentication. Intrusion detection in network security, firewalls, virtual private networks (VPNs), virtual local area networks (VLANs), backup and disaster recovery techniques, smart card security, estimation and management of risks associated with security are also included. The upper-level courses enhance the study of the criminal justice system and expand into areas such as criminalistics, victimology and forensics investigations. The curriculum is designed to offer a balance of theory and application used in the field by integrating interpersonal skills and administrative subject matter. Students will examine the criminal justice process and study interpersonal communication skills. The program offers an interdisciplinary study of the mechanisms of social control, criminology and criminal justice in American society. Program content includes communication, criminal law and procedures, and cybercrime issues as well as technology skills. The program can help graduates cultivate particular human relations skills appropriate to the industry and an understanding of the causes and prevention of crime.

The program can help graduates prepare for careers in the field of computing in criminal justice in the area of cyber security and its related fields, law enforcement*, community corrections and the private investigation and security fields. Upon completion of the program, graduates will have developed knowledge and skills that can be used to recognize, resist and recover from attacks on networked systems and to pursue entry-level positions involving criminal justice such as local, state and federal law enforcement jobs.* The program also offers the academic preparation to pursue a broad spectrum of criminal justice and cyber security related careers in the private sector involving workplace security and private investigations, cybercrimes, risks and threats over multiple systems of Internet, intranet and local systems.

*This program of study may not qualify a graduate for a career in law enforcement involving employment as a police officer or agent by federal, state, county, local or municipal authorities. An applicant must contact the applicable governmental authority prior to beginning the program at the school to determine if there are any specific requirements and/or qualifications that a candidate must satisfy to be eligible for employment as a police officer or agent by that authority. Those requirements and/or qualifications may include, among other things, that a candidate must: (a) successfully complete an academy or other specialized training; (b) be younger than a certain age; (c) pass a physical, mental and/or personality examination; (d) pass a background check; (e) not have a criminal record; (f) be a graduate from an institution that is regionally accredited (as opposed to nationally accredited, such as ITT Technical Institute); (g) complete a certain number of credit hours or a certain type of degree program at an accredited postsecondary educational institution; (h) have served a certain number of years in the military; (i) have a certain number of years of prior law enforcement experience; (j) be a U.S. citizen and/or a resident of the governmental authoritys jurisdiction; (k) have earned a bachelor or graduate degree in certain areas of study; and/or (l) have a valid drivers license.

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Refer to the Admission section of this catalog for information relating to Admission Requirements and Procedures for this program.

The student is responsible, at his or her expense, for providing all supplies and equipment for the students use in the online courses in the program, including, without limitation, a computer (and the associated accessories and peripheral equipment, including without limitation, a monitor, keyboard and printer), software and Internet service.

All of the courses offered at the school in this program are distance education courses and are taught online over the Internet, rather than in residence at the school. Each course will be taught over a period of either (a) six weeks or (b) 12 weeks, as determined by the school from time to time in its discretion. Courses are delivered through an asynchronous learning network. There is a prescribed completion schedule for the activities in each course. Support materials for each course will be sent to the student. These materials may include a course syllabus, a textbook(s), a CD-ROM(s) and other printed documents required for the course. Students will be assigned to a class for each course. Students in each course will interact with their classmates and the instructor through discussion board and e-mail systems.

Online Student Preparation - Prior to starting any of the online courses in this program, the student is encouraged to complete the online student preparation, which describes the protocols that the student must follow when taking an online course.

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The student must have access to a computer (and the associated accessories and peripheral equipment), software and Internet service that satisfy the following specifications:

Minimum Requirements for Computer: Pentium III or equivalent PC-compatible (MacIntosh or Unix-based machines are not supported), 256MB RAM (512MB preferred), CD-ROM, 2GB free space (5GB preferred) on master hard drive.

Minimum Requirements for Software: Windows XP or 2000 (or higher), Microsoft Office Professional 2003 (or higher), Internet Explorer 6.0 (or higher), and functional e-mail address with file attachment capabilities. The student will be required to obtain any software tools, plug-ins and/or applications identified in the course syllabus for any course in the program of study.

Minimum Requirements for Internet Service: 56Kb modem (Cable or DSL connection strongly preferred).

The student is obligated for any expense associated with obtaining access to the above specified computer equipment, software and Internet service. No school-owned computer equipment, software or Internet service will be accessible to the student.

Classes generally range in size from 15 to 25 students. Depending on the course subject matter, certain classes may contain a greater or lesser number of students.

Course Number Course Credit Hours
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Unspecified General Education Courses+
48
GE175
American Government+

This course covers principles and theory related to the United States government, including the development and foundations of the Constitution, the organization and function of the federal government including the legislative, executive and judicial branches, political parties and the electoral process, and the relationship between states and the federal government. Prerequisite: GE117 Composition I or equivalent

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GE375
Psychology+

This course introduces psychological theories from behavioristic, humanistic and biological viewpoints. Primary focus is on exploring how selected principles of psychology apply to students' personal lives and social behavior. Students apply the skills of critical thinking, observation, and information gathering and analysis as they practice social science and scientific methodology. Prerequisite: GE117 Composition I or equivalent

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Subtotal 56.0
Course Number Course Credit Hours
CJ123
Criminal Law+

This course introduces the student to criminal law, which involves the imposition of penalties for engaging in criminal conduct. The course also explores the distinction between criminal law, which typically is enforced by the government, and civil law, which may be enforced by private parties. Prerequisites: GE175 American Government or equivalent, GE217 Composition II or equivalent, An introductory level Criminal Justice or Paralegal Studies course

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CJ131
Introduction to Criminal Justice+

This survey course introduces the student to the scope, principles and purposes of the American criminal justice system with emphasis on crime, law enforcement, courts and corrections.

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4
CJ132
Criminal Justice Organization and Administration+

This course examines the organization, administration and practice of police, courts and correctional organizations at the federal, state and municipal levels. Prerequisite: CJ131 Introduction to Criminal Justice

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4
CJ133
Criminology+

This course offers an interdisciplinary and integrative approach to the study of crime. It includes an overview of criminological theories of causation, treatment and punishment. Prerequisite: CJ131 Introduction to Criminal Justice

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4
CJ151
Principles of Policing and Law Enforcement+

This course is an introduction to policing and law enforcement in America including a historical and social review of policing and law enforcement. Emphasis is placed on contemporary strategies used in modern law enforcement organizations and administration to combat and prevent crime.

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CJ152
Law Enforcement Reporting and Recording+

This course introduces students to fundamental guidelines for reports common to the criminal justice community. The course also studies how computers and technology are used as tools in this process. Prerequisite: GE217 Composition II or equivalent

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CJ241
Criminal Investigation+

This course explores theoretical and practical aspects of criminal investigation and introduces the student to investigative processes, procedures and challenges. Prerequisite: CJ131 Introduction to Criminal Justice

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CJ242
Forensics and Crime Scene Investigation+

This course explores the evolution and role of forensics in criminal justice and scientific crime scene investigation. Emphasis is placed on identification and detection methods and the collection and gathering of evidence. Prerequisites: CJ241 Criminal Investigation, TB143 Introduction to Personal Computers or TB145 Introduction to Computing or TB150 Computing and Productivity Software

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CJ243
The Criminalistics of Cybercrime+

This course examines the scope of cybercrimes and the cybersecurity threat and legal considerations facing law enforcement and cybersecurity professionals in dealing with discovering, investigating and prosecuting cybercrimes. The role of intrusion detection in information security and different tools used to detect intrusion will also be discussed. Prerequisite: CJ242 Forensics and Crime Scene Investigation

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CJ253
Policing Techniques: Interviewing and Interrogation+

This course explores police techniques and tactics used to combat and prevent crime. Emphasis is placed on the knowledge and working skills involved in the art of interviewing and interrogating witnesses and suspects, and the relevant legal parameters that must be followed during field procedures. Prerequisite: CJ151 Principles of Policing and Law Enforcement

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CJ312
Correctional Operation and Administration+

This course addresses the structure, principles, organization, administration and operations of a variety of correctional institutions and programs. Prerequisite: CJ131 Introduction to Criminal Justice

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4
CJ333
Constitutional Law+

This course provides a survey of major constitutional thought and a review of primary constitutional issues. Prerequisite: CJ123 Criminal Law or equivalent

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4
CJ334
Crime Prevention+

This course explores the development and implementation of crime-prevention programs designed by police departments, retail firms, commercial establishments, community action groups and individual citizens. Prerequisite: CJ131 Introduction to Criminal Justice

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4
CJ355
Multicultural Law Enforcement+

This course includes a discussion and analysis of sensitive topics and issues related to diversity and multiculturalism in today's policing environments. The course also reviews common encounters law enforcement or correctional officers respond to in their line of work and includes instruction on basic conversational Spanish they use to be more effective in those situations. Prerequisite: CJ151 Principles of Policing and Law Enforcement

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4
CJ439
Juvenile Justice+

This course offers a multi-disciplined approach to the study of the juvenile justice system and juvenile delinquency as it relates to and emerges from the youth's family, neighborhood, school, peer group, social class and overall cultural and social environment. Prerequisite: CJ131 Introduction to Criminal Justice

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CJ445
Spatial Aspects of Crime+

This course offers instruction on the use of computer technology in crime mapping to solve crimes. Emphasis is placed on crime and place, use of geographic information systems and spatial analysis of crime. Prerequisites: CJ243 The Criminalistics of Cybercrime, TB143 Introduction to Personal Computers or TB145 Introduction to Computing or TB150 Computing and Productivity Software

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CJ456
Controversial Issues in Law Enforcement+

This course presents two sides of controversial law enforcement issues to spark debate and critical thinking. Prerequisite: GE217 Composition II or equivalent

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CJ475
Bachelor's Thesis+

This course is designed to teach students how to apply the skills of scientific analysis and inquiry. The skills learned in writing a thesis will help students prepare to effectively analyze policies in public and private organizations. Students will choose a specific topic in criminal justice about which to write. Prerequisites: Completion of a minimum of 164 credits earned in the program of study including CJ446 The Criminalistics of Computer Forensics or equivalent

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IS311
Internetworking Infrastructure and Operations+

This course involves the fundamentals of networking concepts. It includes various concepts used in a TCP/IP network. The course highlights how information flows in a network through various hardware devices and protocols and how these impact network security. The course offers an overview of security issues that are typically considered when managing the infrastructure, internetworking and operations in a network. Prerequisite: TB143 Introduction to Personal Computers or TB145 Introduction to Computing or equivalent

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IS312
Information Security Essentials+

This course is an introduction to the security essentials. The course identifies and examines types of information security used in industry and how they are implemented. Prerequisites: Basic courses in computer applications and functioning of operating systems

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4
IS314
Security Architecture of Common IT Platforms+

This course is an introduction to security architecture of common IT platforms and applications. Course topics include how to identify security needs within the network, in operating systems, databases and applications and over the Web. The course also includes instruction on how to implement different security measures. Prerequisite: IS311 Internetworking Infrastructure and Operations or equivalent

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IS315
IS Risk Management and Intrusion Detection+

This course addresses concepts of risk management and intrusion detection. Areas of instruction include how to assess and manage risks to information security and identifying the activities involved in the process of information security risk management for an organization. The role of intrusion detection in information security and different tools used to detect intrusion will also be discussed. Prerequisites: IS311 Internetworking Infrastructure and Operations or equivalent, IS312 Information Security Essentials or equivalent

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IS316
Fundamentals of Network Security, Firewalls and VPNs+

This course offers an introduction to Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and firewalls for securing a network. Various network security related issues are introduced and examined. Different types of VPNs for securing data in an organizational setup are discussed as well as the benefits and architecture of a VPN and how to implement a VPN. Other topics include the utility of firewalls in tackling security problems and the limitations of a firewall. In addition, instruction is also given on how to construct, configure and administer a firewall and the functionality of a firewall. Prerequisite: IT320 WAN Technology and Application or equivalent

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IS317
Hacker Techniques, Tools and Incident Handling+

This course is an introduction to hacking tools and incident handling. Areas of instruction include various tools and vulnerabilities of operating systems, software and networks used by hackers to access unauthorized information. This course also addresses incident handling methods used when information security is compromised. Prerequisite: IT260 Networking Application Services and Security or equivalent

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IS411
Security Policies and Implementation Issues+

The course includes a discussion on security policies that can be used to help protect and maintain a network, such as password policy, e-mail policy and Internet policy. The issues include organizational behavior and crisis management. Prerequisite: IS305 Managing Risk in Information Systems or equivalent

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IS414
User Authentication Systems and Role-Based Security+

The course introduces various systems and techniques that are used to authenticate users. The course also discusses how users can be assigned permissions based on the role they perform in an organization. Prerequisites: IS312 Information Security Essentials or equivalent, IS314 Security Architecture of Common IT Platforms or equivalent

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IS415
System Forensics Investigation and Response+

This course offers an introduction to system forensics investigation and response. Areas of study include a procedure for investigating computer and cyber crime and concepts for collecting, analyzing, recovering and preserving forensic evidence. Prerequisites: IS317 Hacker Techniques, Tools and Incident Handling or equivalent, IS421 Legal and Security Issues or equivalent

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Subtotal 108.0
Course Number Course Credit Hours
TB139A
Strategies for Learning in a Technical Environment+

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

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TB141
Introduction to Productivity Software+

The course covers the fundamentals of productivity software. Emphasis is placed on word processing, spreadsheets, file management, and presentations as well as integration of productivity software.

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TB145
Introduction to Computing+

The course offers an overview of the computing field and computer technology trends with emphasis on terminology and concepts related to PC hardware and software components and their functions from a hands-on approach. Entry-level hands-on skills as well as theory in handling PC hardware will be taught.

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TB332
Professional Procedures and Portfolio Development+

Students are required to plan and compile their projects in the form of a portfolio. Instruction on interviewing procedures and writing business communications is also included in this course. Prerequisite: Students must have completed 72 quarter credit hours prior to taking this course

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Subtotal 16.0
Course Number Course Credit Hours
Minimum required credit hours for the Baccalaureate Degree (Grand total)
180
Subtotal 180.0

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Notes

+In this program, this course is a distance education course that is taught online over the Internet, rather than in residence at the school. Refer to the Online Course Information section of this catalog for additional information relating to these courses.

++In this program, the Unspecified General Education courses are distance education courses taught online over the Internet, rather than in residence at the school. Refer to the Course Descriptions section of the catalog for the general education category pertaining to each general education course.

**General Education courses include courses in the humanities, composition, mathematics, the sciences and the social sciences. The Unspecified General Education courses must include at least one course in each of the following categories: the humanities, composition, mathematics and the social sciences. For Minnesota students, the General Education courses must include at least two courses in each of the following categories: the humanities, composition, mathematics and the social sciences. Refer to the Course Descriptions section of the catalog for the general education category pertaining to each general education course.

NOTE: The course descriptions for the courses in this program are in the Course Descriptions section of this catalog . The school may, at any time in its discretion, vary the offering and/or sequence of courses in this program, revise the curriculum content of the program or any course in the program and change the number of credit hours in the program or in any program course.