2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
  
    Oct 28, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Criminal Justice, Forensics (HC17)


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The Forensics Option is a two-pronged approach to employment in the Criminal Justice field. On the one hand, the Option will prepare students for entry-level employment in the field of law enforcement on the local, state, and federal level. On the other hand, the Option will prepare students for successful transfer to other institutions of higher learning where they will obtain the baccalaureate degree necessary for employment in criminal laboratories.

The program will provide an academic and learning experience that promotes common sense, ethics, civic responsibility, cultural appreciation, and respect for diversity. These characteristics are inherent issues and will be discussed in every required course in the program. The program has a strong connection with the community. Representatives of some area agencies such as the State Police Crime Lab have served as advisors in the development of the program to ensure that it contributes to the production of an educated and trained work force that responds to the needs of the region.

Specifically, the Forensics Option is designed to prepare students for the successful transfer to other institutions of higher learning as well as for entry level job opportunities in the field of law enforcement. It provides the essential skills required to gain and to maintain employment at entry level positions as police officers on the state and local level as well as Federal law enforcement officers.

General Education Core course listings and definitions appear on General Education Core . Placement testing will determine the sequencing of courses. Additional courses may be required.

Curriculum


Competency Requirement


Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communication Credits: 3


Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/ Ethical Credits: 3


Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication Credits: 3


Historical Knowledge and Understanding Credits: 3


Oral Communication Credits: 3


Choose one:

or

Quantitative Reasoning Credits: 3


Scientific Knowledge and Understanding Credits: 4


At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a lab component.

Scientific Reasoning Credits: 3


At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a lab component.

Social Phenomena Credits: 3


Written Communication Credits: 3


Program Outcomes


 

Total Credits: 61


Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

1 Placement is required. Students need to contact the program coordinator or the Liberal Arts and Behavioral/Social Sciences Division early in the semester prior to taking the course.

2 Choose one: CJS*H250 Victimology or CJS* H224 - Computer Crimes  

3 Students planning to transfer to a 4-year school should plan to complete MAT* H167 - Principles of Statistics  or MAT* H172 - College Algebra  

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