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Criminal Justice and Criminology

 

Criminal Justice & Criminology CJC-600.5 is changed to 600.6 effective Fall 2014. The changes affect Track (A) and Track (B), updating the requirements for transferring to TAOC schools. Students currently enrolled in CJC-600.5 may continue in this program or change to CJC-600.6. For course requirements for see the CJC-600.5 Graduation Checksheets.

 

 


Criminal Justice & Criminology Fact sheet

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Associate of Science (600.6)

(A) Law Enforcement
(B) Corrections  
(C) Computer Forensics

This program prepares you to work in a public or private agency in law enforcement or corrections.

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

  1. Identify each component of the criminal justice system and explain its purpose and function.
  2. Recognize the functional operation of the juvenile justice system and identify moral dilemmas in the criminal justice field.
  3. Explain the components of a law or statute and apply the United States Bill of Rights to the operation of the criminal justice system.
  4. Describe the budgetary process and staffing levels of a criminal justice organization.
  5. Describe the variety of methods used in evidence collection and identify the courtroom value of physical and testimonial evidence.

Police officers protect the lives and property of individuals by working in municipal police departments, county sheriff departments and state highway patrol stations. Uniformed police officers have duties such as maintaining regular patrols and responding to calls for service, directing traffic, investigating a burglary and building relationships with the citizens of the community to mobilize them to help fight crime through community policing.

The corrections option prepares students to work as correctional officers or prison guards to maintain security and prevent escapes by individuals who have been arrested and are awaiting trial or who have been convicted of a crime and sentenced to serve time in a jail, reformatory or penitentiary. Graduates work for a local, state or federal agency in corrections and criminology.

The computer forensics option offers specialized and cross-disciplinary knowledge and skills necessary for performing professional duties as computer forensic examiners/technicians, analysts and auditors in law enforcement agencies or private environment security. Students selecting this track will be required to have a prerequisite of CIT-100 Computer Fundamentals & Applications and submit to a criminal background check.

Graduates may find employment as probation or parole officers who supervise adults and juveniles who are convicted of crimes but placed on probation instead of being sent to prison or who have been incarcerated and released from prison. Public agencies employ graduates in police departments, county sheriff departments and state highway patrol stations.

The program also enables those already employed to expand and gain advanced training in the field.

Students must choose one of the following fields of study: A, B or C.

Degree Requirements

Law Enforcement

See the graduation checksheet for this program in printable PDF form.

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Minimum Credits to Graduate: 64-66

 
First Semester

Credits

CJC-101 Introduction to Criminal Justice

3

CJC-102 Introduction to Corrections

3

CJC-124 Juvenile Justice & Juvenile Delinquency

3

ENG-101

 English Composition 1

3

  Social Science Elective 1

3

 

 Total

15

Second Semester

CJC-151 Criminal Justice System Law

3

CJC-152 Ethics in Criminal Justice

3

  English Elective 1

3

  Science Elective 1

4

  Social Science Elective1

3

 

 Total

16

Third Semester
CJC-201 Fundamentals of Criminal Investigations

3

CJC-203 Evidence & Procedures

3

CJC-206 Police Operations

3

SPH-101 Oral Communications

3

  Restricted Elective1

3–4

 

Total

15–16

Fourth Semester
CJC-204 Criminal Justice System Organization & Adminmistration

3

CJC-205 Introduction to Forensics 

3

CJC-207 Introduction to Criminology

3

CJC-214 Criminal Justice Administration Practicum

3

  Humanities Elective1

3

  Mathematics Elective1

3–4

 

 Total

18–19 

Elective options for (A) Law Enforcement are listed following the requirements for
(B) Corrections.

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Degree Requirements

(B) Corrections

See the graduation checksheet for this program in printable PDF form.

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Minimum Credits to Graduate: 60–63

 
First Semester

Credits

CJC-101Introduction to Criminal Justice

3

CJC-102Introduction to Corrections

3

CJC-124Juvenile Justice & Juvenile Delinquency

3

ENG-101English Composition 1

3

 Social Science Elective1

3

 

Total

15

Second Semester

CJC-151Criminal Justice System Law

3

CJC-152Ethics in Criminal Justice

3

 English Elective1

3

 Science Elective1

3-4

 Social Science Elective1

3

 

Total

15–16

Third Semester
CJC-207Introduction to Criminology

3

SPH-101Oral Communications

3

 Humanities Elective1

3

 Mathematics Elective1

3–4

 Restricted Elective1

3–4

 

Total

15–17

Fourth Semester
CJC-203Evidence &  Proecdures

3

CJC-204Criminal Justice System Organization & Adminmistration

3

PSY-150Psychology of Intervention

3

SOC-208
SOC-211
CJC-211

 

Urban Sociology or
Racial & Ethnic Minorities or
Treatment of the Offenders: Issues & Stretegies
(NOTE: Students can only use CJC-211 once to
fulfill fourth semester requirements.)

3
3
3

 

SOW-106
CJC-211
CJC-214
Interviewing Skills or
Treatment of the Offenders: Issues & Strategies or
Criminal Justice Administration Practicum

3
3
3

 

Total

15

Elective options for (A) Law Enforcement and (B) Correctionsare listed below.       

1Students intending to transfer to an institution that is participating in the state-wide articulation agreement (TAOC) should select their courses as indicated below. It is recommended that if students are planning to transfer to another specific institution that they meet with a transfer counselor.

English Elective:

Credits

ENG-102
 
ENG-115
 English Composition 2 or
Students transferring to Institutions related to TAOC may substitute:
General Literature

 3

3

    

Humanities Elective:        

Credits

MUS-101
THE-101
PHL-101

 

Introduction to Music or
Introduction to Theatre or
Introduction to Philosophy

3
3
3

Students not transferring to institution related to TAOC may also select any
Foreign Language class as a Humanities Elective but should consult with a
transfer counselor.
    

Mathematics Electives:

Credits

MAT-102
MAT-111
MAT-142
MAT-161
MAT-201
 Mathematical conceptsor
College Algebra or
Pre-Calculus or
Elementary Statistics or
Calculus 1

3
3
4
4

    

Restricted Elective:
(Note: A course can only be used in one category of electives. I.e., a
mathematics course can be used for the mathematics elective but cannot
then also be used as a restricted elective.)

Credits

BIO-110
BIO-151
BIO-152
BIO-161
BIO-162
CHM-109
CHM-151
CHM-152
MAT-102
MAT-111
MAT-142
MAT-161
MAT-201
PHY-100
PHY-141
PHY-142
POL-103
PSY-101
SOC-101
 Introduction to Biological Science or
General Biology 1 or
General Biology 2 or
Anatomy & Physiology 1 or
Anatomy & Physiology 2 or
Introduction to Chemistry or
General Chemistry 1 or
General Chemistry 2 or
Mathematical concepts or
College Algebra or
Pre-Calculus or
Elementary Statistics or
Calculus 1 or
Basic Physics or
Physics 1 or
Physics 2 or
American Government or
Introduction to Psychology or
Introduction to Sociology

4
4
4
4
4
4
4
3
3
3
3
3
4
4
4
4
3
3
3

    
Science Elective:Credits
BIO-110
BIO-151
BIO-161
CHM-109
CHM-151
PHY-100
PHY-141
 Introduction to Biological Science or
General Biology 1 or 
Anatomy and Physiology 1 or
Introduction to Chemistry or
General Chemistry or
Basic Physics or
Physics 1 

 4
4
4
4
4
4
4

    
Social Science Elective: 
POL-103
PSY-101
SOC-101
 American Government or 
Introduction to Psychology or 
Introduction to Sociology

 3
3
3

    

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(C)  Computer Forensics

See the graduation checksheet for this program in printable PDF form.

Minimum Credits to Graduate: 64

First Semester

Course # Course NameCredits

CIT-115

Introduction to Information Technology

3

CJC-101

Introduction to Criminal Justice 
(course name changed effective Fall 2014)

3

CJC-124

Juvenile Justice & Juvenile Delinquency

3

ENG-101

English Composition 1

3

PSY-101

Introduction to Psychology

3

 

Total Credits

15

Second Semester

CIT-180

Computer Forensics 1

3

CIT-181

Principles of Information Security

4

CJC-151

Criminal Justice System Law

3

CJC-152

Ethics in Criminal Justice

3

ENG-102

English Composition 2

3

 

Total Credits

16

Third Semester

CIT-280

Computer Forensics 2

4

CIT-281

Project in Computer Forensics

2

CJC-201

Fundamentals of Criminal Investigation

3

CJC-203

Evidence & Procedures

3

CJC-206

Police Operations

3

SOC-101

Introduction to Sociology

3

 

Total Credits

18

Fourth Semester

BIO-100

Life Science

3

CJC-204

Criminal Justice System Organization & Administration

3

MAT-102

Mathematical Concepts

3

PHL-101

Introduction to Philosophy or
Foreign Language

3

SPH-101

Oral Communication

3

 

Total Credits

15

The Computer Forensics track of the Criminal Justice & Criminology program is
not  included in the TAOC (Transfer & Articulation Oversight Committee) Agreement.

Students planning on transferring to a specific institution not related to TAOC should
consult with a transfer counselor

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