Associate of Science Degree

Criminology and Forensic Technology

This program exposes students to fundamental knowledge and skills utilized in the field of criminology and forensics. Areas of study include the criminal justice system, criminal law, law enforcement, forensics and investigations. This program contains report writing, communications, problem solving and computer coursework designed to help students prepare for entry-level positions in the field of criminal justice.

This program offers graduates an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills that can help them pursue careers in a variety of entry-level corrections, criminology and investigative positions.

*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 authority's jurisdiction; (k) have earned a bachelor or graduate degree in certain areas of study; and/or (l) have a valid driver's license.

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

Students will have the opportunity to use the following school equipment as required throughout the program: computers, pertinent software, printers and other common computer peripherals. Refer to Student Equipment in the Online Course Information section of this catalog for information relating to the student equipment requirements for the distance education courses that are taught online over the Internet.

Classes generally range in size from 20 to 40 students. Depending on the course subject matter, certain classes may contain a greater or lesser number of students.

Course Number Course Credit Hours
CO2520
Communications+

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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4.5
EN1320
Composition I+

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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4.5
EN1420
Composition II+

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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4.5
MA1210
College Mathematics I+

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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4.5
PS1350
American Government+

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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4.5
SC1130
Survey of the Sciences+

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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4.5
Subtotal 27.0
Course Number Course Credit Hours
CJ1110
Introduction to Criminal Justice+

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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4.5
CJ1210
Criminology+

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

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4.5
CJ1220
Fundamentals of Law Enforcement+

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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4.5
CJ1310
Criminal Justice Report Writing+

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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4.5
CJ1320
Investigations+

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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4.5
CJ1440
Community Corrections+

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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4.5
CJ1470
Criminalistics+

This course introduces modern methods used to examine and investigate evidence. This course includes problem sets and a laboratory component. Prerequisite: CJ1320 Investigations or equivalent

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4.5
CJ2570
Forensic Technology+

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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4.5
CJ2670
Computer Forensics+

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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4.5
CJ2799
Criminology and Forensic Technology Capstone Project+

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: Must be taken during the student's final quarter of study, and requires prior satisfactory completion of CJ2570 Forensic Technology or equivalent

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4.5
LE1430
Fundamentals of Criminal Law+

4.5 credits hours

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4.5
Subtotal 49.5
Course Number Course Credit Hours
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Unspecified Elective Courses***
4.5
Subtotal 4.5
Course Number Course Credit Hours
GS1140
Problem Solving Theory+

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

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4.5
GS1145
Strategies for the Technical Professional+

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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4.5
GS2745
Advanced Strategies for the Technical Professional+

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 including GS1145 Strategies for the Technical Professional or equivalent

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3.0
Subtotal 12.0
Course Number Course Credit Hours
Program Total
93.0
Subtotal 93.0

Notes

+In this program, this(these) course(s) may be taught either completely in residence at the school, completely online over the Internet as a distance education course or partially in residence and partially online, as determined by the school from time to time in its discretion. Refer to the Online Course Information section of this catalog for additional information relating to the courses that the school decides to teach all or partially online over the Internet. In order to help students become familiar with fundamentals of taking courses online over the Internet, the school may determine that a portion of the first online course that a student takes in this program must be taken online at the school in a supervised setting.

**General Education courses include courses in the humanities, composition, mathematics, the sciences and the social sciences. Students must satisfactorily complete at least one course in each of the following categories: the humanities, composition, mathematics and the social sciences. Refer to the Course Descriptions section of this catalog for the general education category pertaining to each general education course.

***Courses offered at this school that satisfy the Unspecified Elective Core course requirement are CJ2640, CJ2650 and CJ2699. The course descriptions for these courses are in the Course Descriptions section of the catalog. The CJ2699 course involves an externship. Externship opportunities are limited and may not be available every quarter or for every student who desires to take CJ2699. Any student interested in CJ2699 must apply for and be selected for any externship opportunity that may be available at that time.

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.