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Criminology and Forensic Technology (Online Program)
Associate of Applied Science Degree
(Kentucky and Wisconsin residents will receive an Associate of Science Degree)

Objectives
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.

Career Opportunities
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.

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

Online Courses
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.

Refer to the Online Course Information section of this catalog for additional requirements.

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.

School Equipment
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 and e-mail account.

Class Size
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.

Program Outline

To view a list of the course descriptions, please click here.

Course
Number
Course Credit
Hours
  General Education Courses  
EN1320 Composition I+ 4.5
HU1440 Rhetoric in Contemporary Culture+ 4.5
MA1210 College Mathematics I+ 4.5
PS1350 American Government+ 4.5
SC1130 Survey of the Sciences+ 4.5
Subtotal 22.5
  Core Courses  
CJ1110 Introduction to Criminal Justice+ 4.5
CJ1210 Criminology+ 4.5
CJ1220 Fundamentals of Law Enforcement+ 4.5
CJ1310 Criminal Justice Report Writing+ 4.5
CJ1320 Investigations+ 4.5
CJ1440 Community Corrections+ 4.5
CJ1470 Criminalistics+ 4.5
CJ2570 Forensic Technology+ 4.5
CJ2670 Computer Forensics+ 4.5
CJ2799 Criminology and Forensic Technology Capstone Project+ 4.5
LE1430 Fundamentals of Criminal Law+ 4.5
Subtotal 49.5
   
Unspecified Elective Core course+*** 4.5
  General Studies Courses  
GS1140 Problem Solving Theory+ 4.5
GS1145 Strategies for the Technical Professional+ 4.5
GS2520 Professional Communications+ 4.5
Subtotal 13.5
  Program Total 90.0

NOTE: The course descriptions for the courses in this program are in the Course Descriptions section of the catalog. The school may, at any time in its discretion, vary the 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.

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