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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 elective courses of study in the following areas: Corrections, Law Enforcement, Legal Systems, and a concentration in Medicolegal Death Investigation.

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

Program Review:

Elective Courses of Study:

Concentration Overview:

  • 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 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.

Required courses for the Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice:

Freshman Year
First Semester Hours
CJUS 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
MATH 101: Applied Algebra for College Students 3
or MATH 102: College Algebra
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
CJUS or CORR Elective 3
SLGY 201 Introduction to Sociology 3
or SLGY 202     Social Problems
CJUS or CORR Elective 3
CIS 105 Computer Concepts 3
POSC 201 National Government 3
or POSC 202     State and Local Government
    15
     
Second Semester Hours
  Humanities Elective 3
CJUS or CORR Elective 3
CJUS or CORR Elective 3
CJUS or CORR Elective 3
CJUS or CORR Elective 3
    15
     
Total credit hours for Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice 60

Students must meet prerequisites before taking any given course. Additionally, students must earn a minimum grade of “C” in each course required in the curriculum to earn the Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice.

* For transfer to a four-year institution, students are strongly advised to take MATH 102 instead of MATH 101. Students must seek the assistance of their advisor to determine the appropriate mathematics course.

This degree can be obtained 100% via Internet instruction. Contact your academic advisor for details.

Concentration in Medicolegal Death Investigation

Freshman Year
First Semester Hours
CJUS 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
MATH 101: Applied Algebra for College Students 3
or MATH 102: College Algebra
ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric I 3
CJUS 291 Evidence and Procedure 3
BLGY 120 Introduction 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
  Humanities 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. Additionally, students must earn a minimum grade of “C” in each course required in the curriculum to earn the Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice.

* For transfer to a four-year institution, students are strongly advised to take MATH 102 instead of MATH 101. Students must seek the assistance of their advisor to determine the appropriate mathematics course.

This degree can be obtained 100% via Internet instruction. Contact your academic advisor for details.

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