Criminal Justice Program Courses

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Introductory Biology

Credit Hours: 3

Course Number: BIO 102

Course Description: An introduction to the science of biology. This course is designed for students who are not majoring in biology or health related fields. Topics include scientific method, diversity of life, genetics, ecology and evolution. This course satisfies a general education requirement in the Math/Science area.

Introduction to Criminal Justice

Credit Hours: 3

Course Number: CRJ 100

Course Description: This course examines the criminal justice system and those areas closely related to it. Emphasis is on the relationships among law enforcement, adult and juvenile corrections, courts and private security and correctional agencies.

Patrol Procedures

Credit Hours: 3

Course Number: CRJ 110

Course Description: This course examines the organizational structuring and management within law enforcement agencies, community policing, procedures including traffic investigations, developing and handling informants and interview/interrogation techniques.

Introduction to Corrections

Credit Hours: 3

Course Number: CRJ 120

Course Description: This course analysis corrections and punishment in modern society, exploring the prison system, community based corrections, and alternatives to incarcerations. Probation and parole in the criminal justice system.

Constitutional Law

Credit Hours: 3

Course Number: CRJ 132

Course Description: This course covers arrest, search and seizure, review of court systems, procedures from incident to final deposition, principles of constitutional, federal, state and civil laws as they apply to and affect members of the criminal justice system.

Constitutional Criminal Procedure

Credit Hours: 3

Course Number: CRJ 133

Course Description: This course is the study of the philosophy and the basis for law, the historical development of criminal law and procedure, the structure, definition and the criminal law of Iowa. Explores the causation, preparation and perpetration of crimes, criminal conduct and parties to crimes.

Criminal Investigation

Credit Hours: 3

Course Number: CRJ 141

Course Description: This course examines the fundamentals of criminal investigation: rules of identification, including collection, preservation and processing of physical evidence, record reports and statements; case preparation; testimony in court; basic report writing and investigative techniques relating to specific crimes such as robbery, burglary, homicide and narcotics violations are explored. Methods/services of the criminalistics laboratory are covered.

Introduction to Forensic Investigation

Credit Hours: 3

Course Number: CRJ 160

Course Description: This course aims at making the subject of forensic science comprehensible to a wide variety of students who are planning on being aligned with the forensic science profession. This course introduces the non-scientific student to the field of forensic science.  Through applications to criminal investigations, clear explanations of the techniques, and the abilities and limitations of modern crime labs, this course covers the comprehensive realm of forensics.  The text strives to make the technology of the modern crime laboratory clear to the non-scientist.  Combining case stories with applicable technology, Forensics captures the excitement of forensic science investigations.

Overview of Cybercrime

Credit Hours: 3

Course Number: CRJ 170

Course Description: The course provides an introduction and overview of computer crime. In particular, a categorization of types of computer crimes is presented including:

  • The computer as a target
  • The computer as an instrument of a crime
  • The computer as incidental to crime, and
  • Crimes associated with the prevalence of computers


Credit Hours: 3

Course Number: CRJ 200

Course Description: This course explores the response of the criminal justice system in its attempt to prevent, predict and control criminal activity. Emphasis is also on the nature and causes of criminal activity.

Terrorism Response

Credit Hours: 3

Course Number: CRJ 206

Course Description: This course provides an in-depth look at consequence response—the safety procedures for emergency responders, scene search operations, precautions for secondary devices, and initial scene evaluation of a terrorism/tactical violence event.

Perspectives of Homeland Security

Credit Hours: 3

Course Number: CRJ 300

Course Description: Terrorism has captured global attention to a degree without historical parallel. This course explores the events of 9/11 and beyond. In an uncertain world that has emerged since 9/11, intergovernmental organizations, national governments, policy analysts, law enforcement groups, scholars, and society at large are all faced with the arrival of difficult times that challenge older notions about international terrorism. At the same time, recent developments on the American scene remind us, despite the unprecedented scope of the 9/11 catastrophes, that “homegrown” terrorism and the extremist beliefs that accompany it remain a threat to public order in the United States. This course will explore these domestic terrorist groups in depth.

Introduction to Computers

Credit Hours: 3

Course Number: CSC 110

Course Description: This is an introductory course in computer literacy and software applications. The literacy components of the course include history of computing, computer systems, communications, networks, and computers in society. The applications training will include word processing, spreadsheets, database management and presentation software. No prior computer experience necessary.

Composition I

Credit Hours: 3

Course Number: ENG 105

Course Description: This course focuses on the process of writing expressive and informative prose, in incorporating oral, visual and electronic modes. It introduces research skills and critical thinking skills.

Composition II

Credit Hours: 3

Course Number: ENG 106

Course Description: This course is a continuation of ENG-105 with advanced work in research techniques. The major focus is on persuasive and argumentative writing in incorporating oral, visual, and electronic modes with an emphasis on critical thinking skills.

Math for Liberal Arts

Credit Hours: 4

Course Number: MAT 111

Course Description: This course is designed to introduce a student in non-math related majors to some of the basic uses of mathematics in society today including uses of algorithms for problem solving. Topics covered include principles of counting, sets, probability and statistics, geometry, logic, math of finance, and number theory. This course satisfies a general education requirement in the Math/Science area.

6 Hours of Humanities

Introduction to Ethical Conflict

Credit Hours: 3

Course Number: PHI 145

Course Description: This course explores contemporary ethical conflicts as a way to develop students critical thinking skills. Students will examine various moral theories and their application to ethical problem solving by the use of case studies. Students will determine principles upon which to base their decision making. Areas for discussion may include personal decision making, job and workplace ethics, the social aspects of medicine, and the morals of politics and war.


Introduction to Philosophy

Credit Hours: 3

Course Number: PHI 101

Course Description: This course is an examination of social phenomena that have been defined as social problems in contemporary society. This course provides an understanding of some of the causes, effects and proposed solutions to these defined problems based on the latest research. The issues include: poverty, inequality based on race, gender; and sexual orientation; alcohol and drugs; crime; the changing family; politics and global economy, environmental issues; war and terrorism.


Exploring the Humanities

Credit Hours: 3

Course Number: HUM 113

Course Description: This course will examine thematically the humanities (art, music, literature, etc.). Students will explore aspects of the humanities to find the interconnectedness between people’s cultural views and the art they create. Instructors will make extensive use of technology in the delivery of course material, and students will use technology in required class project.

The Online Experience

Credit Hours: 3

Course Number: SDV 118

Course Description: This course will provide online students the understanding and expectations of learning in an online environment. Students will learn skills such as time management and study habits. They will also learn about academic integrity and how to become a successful online student.

Public Speaking

Credit Hours: 3

Course Number: SPC 112

Course Description: This course is designed to develop the basic skills of speech communication by studying the process from invention through delivery. Emphasis is placed on the preparation and delivery of presentations.

9 Hours of Social Science

American National Government

Credit Hours: 3

Course Number: POL 111

Course Description: This survey course introduces the general principles, policies, and problems of the national government in the United States. Fundamentals of American democracy; constitutionalism; the nature of federalism; the rights and duties of citizens; the institutions and the processes of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government; the role of public opinion and the media; and the participation of interest groups, social movements, and political parties in the U.S. political system are emphasized.

Introduction to Sociology

Credit Hours: 3

Course Number: SOC 110

Course Description: This course is a concise study of human behavior from the perspective of sociologists. It will examine the ways in which social interaction, social processes, and social institutions comprise our sociological imagination. The course will also explore the ways that personality, status, role, class, gender, age, race, and ethnicity affect human interaction and institutions.

Minority Group Relations

Credit Hours: 3

Course Number: SOC 200

Course Description: Sociology 200, Minority Group Relations, is a course about diversity. The material for this course will cover such issues as minority-group characteristics, the psychology and sociology of prejudice, levels of discrimination, and dominant ideologies. A section of Sociology 200 also will focus on Native Americans and government policy. Additional topics will cover material on minority group relations and European Americans, people of color, religious minorities, and women as minorities. After completing this course, students will have a true appreciation of the dynamic nature of minority group relations.

Introduction to Psychology

Credit Hours: 3

Course Number: PSY 111

Course Description: This course includes the tools for the study of psychology, basic psychological processes, personality and social behavior, contemporary knowledge of motives, intelligence, learning and emphasis on the language of modern psychology.

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