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2009 - 2010 General Catalog

 

 

Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice

Bossier Parish Community College and the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences recognize the increasing demand for qualified, trained personnel in local and regional law enforcement, corrections communities, and medicolegal death investigation. In addition to these needs, the College also recognizes an interest from students who are planning to apply to law school following completion of a baccalaureate degree in Criminal Justice from a four-year university.

In response, BPCC offers the Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice with four concentrations of study: Corrections, Law Enforcement, Legal Systems, and Medicolegal Death Investigation. This two-year program provides general education necessary for qualified entrance into the fields of Correctional Law, Law Enforcement, and Medicolegal Death Investigation. The Legal Systems concentration provides general education necessary for a student entering the above fields and also prepares the student who plans to apply to law school after earning a four-year degree in Criminal Justice.

Many law enforcement and corrections agencies encourage enrollment in this degree program by offering career advantages to college-educated candidates and professionals.

Program Review:

Concentration Overview:

  • The objective of the Corrections concentration is to emphasize skills and knowledge essential for employment in any field of corrections - namely, adult, juvenile, institutional, and community-based corrections.
  • The Law Enforcement concentration is arranged to take persons through a sequential plan of study to aid in satisfying the needs of law enforcement in today’s complex and changing society.
  • The Legal Systems concentration has dual objectives. It provides a plan of study for students seeking employment and advancement in the criminal justice field and for students with future plans of seeking application to law school.
  • The Medicolegal Death Investigation concentration is designed for students contemplating employment in the field of medicolegal death investigation or within the investigation branch of a law enforcement agency. At this time, Bossier Parish Community College is one of three colleges in the United States offering the Medicolegal Death Investigation class and concentration. Successful completion of this class prepares students for registry level exams administered by the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators, Inc. Bossier Parish Community College offers the Medicolegal Death Investigation class via the Internet, which makes it accessible to students and professionals throughout the United States and abroad.

General Degree Information:

Graduates receive a total of 60 hours of college credit for completion of course work required for the Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice. Criminal Justice courses taken at BPCC may count toward a baccalaureate degree at colleges and universities electing to accept the transferred course (s).

Learning Outcomes

Recipients of the Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice will have demonstrated:

  1. The skills required for entry-level employment in the criminal justice profession;
  2. The skills to comprehend, evaluate, and synthesize information related to their area of responsibility by demonstrating their expertise;
  3. The application of the skills necessary to prepare written reports and the ability to make effective oral presentations;
  4. Effective verbal and written communication with the public, staff, and administration by documenting activities, maintaining databases, and effective performance;
  5. The ability to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate job-related task in the profession of law enforcement.
  6. The ability to communicate successfully within the criminal justice profession using verbal, written, and basic computer literacy skills;

Concentration in Corrections (all the above—in addition to Corrections G):

  1. The utilization of skills to administer proper care and supervision of inmates, probationers, and parolees within a state or federal correctional institution and or probation and parole agency.

Concentration in Law Enforcement (all the above—in addition to Law Enforcement G):

  1. The application of academic knowledge to a field training program designed to assimilate one into a policing vocation;

Concentration in Legal Systems (all the above—in addition to Legal Systems G):

  1. The application of knowledge of court systems, civil and criminal jurisprudence, business administration principles and the utilization of business practices to support public and private legal programs.

Concentration in Medicolegal Death Investigation (all the above—in addition to Medicolegal Death Investigation G and H):

  1. Competency in the performance of skills required for entry-level employment and skills to perform rudimentary death investigations.
  2. The knowledge required to apply for the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigation National Registry Examination.

Courses required for the Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice:

Freshman Year
First Semester Hours
CJUS 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
MATH 102 College Algebra 3
ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric I 3
CJUS 291 Evidence and Procedure 3
  Natural Science Elective 3
  15
   
Second Semester Hours
CJUS 201 Criminal Law 3
ENGL 102 Composition and Rhetoric II 3
CJUS 299 Juvenile Justice 3
SPCH 110 Principles of Speech 3
or SPCH 115   Interpersonal Communication
PSYC elective (except PSYC 202) 3
  15
     
Sophomore Year
First Semester Hours
  Concentration 3
SLGY 201 Introduction to Sociology 3
or SLGY 202   Social Problems
  Concentration 3
CIS 105 Computer Concepts 3
POSC 201 National Government 3
or POSC 202   State and Local Government
  15
   
Second Semester Hours
HMAN elective 3
  Concentration 3
  Concentration 3
  Concentration 3
CJUS or CORR elective 3
  15
     
Total credit hours for Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice 60
     
Courses for Concentrations
Corrections
CORR 102 Introduction to Corrections  
CORR 201 Correctional Law  
CORR 210 Local and Adult Detention Facilities  
CORR 230 Probation, Parole and Treatment  
CORR 250 Management of Correctional Facilities  
 
Law Enforcement  
CJUS 202 Criminal Investigations  
CJUS 292 Police Community Relations  
CJUS 204 Accident Investigations  
CJUS 232 Police Supervision  
CJUS 250 Police Procedures  
 
Legal Systems  
CJUS 296 Introduction to Jurisprudence  
Any four of the following:  
  BADM 215   Business Law  
  CJUS 295   Criminalistics  
  CJUS 205   Contemporary Issues In Criminal Justice  
  CORR 201   Correctional Law  
  Second POSC course  

 

Concentration in Medicolegal Death Investigation

Freshman Year
First Semester Hours
CJUS 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
MATH 102 College Algebra 3
ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric I 3
CJUS 291 Evidence and Procedure 3
BLGY 120 Intro to Anatomy and Physiology 3
  15
   
Second Semester Hours
CJUS 201 Criminal Law 3
ENGL 102 Composition and Rhetoric II 3
CJUS 299 Juvenile Justice 3
SPCH 110 Principles of Speech 3
or SPCH 115   Interpersonal Communication
PSYC 225 Loss and Death 3
  15
   
Sophomore Year
First Semester Hours
CJUS 202 Criminal Investigation 3
SLGY 201 Introduction to Sociology 3
or SLGY 202   Social Problems
CJUS 295 Criminalistics 3
CIS 105 Computer Concepts 3
POSC 201 National Government 3
or POSC 202   State and Local Government
  15
   
Second Semester Hours
HMAN elective 3
ALHT 105 Medical Ethics and Law 3
CJUS 204 Accident Investigation 3
CJUS 294 Medicolegal Death Investigation 3
*ALHT 206 Pathophysiology 3
  15
Total credit hours for Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice Concentration in Medicolegal Death Investigation 60

* Prerequisite of BLGY 120

Students must meet prerequisites before taking any given course.

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