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Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice

Bossier Parish Community College and the Division of Behavioral-Social Sciences and College Transition Programs 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.

Program Review:

BPCC offers the Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice with 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.

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
or ENGL 103: Foundations of Professional Writing
CJUS 299: Juvenile Justice 3
SPCH 110: Public Speaking 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 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
or MATH 102:   College Algebra 3
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
or ENGL 103: Foundations of Professional Writing
CJUS 299: Juvenile Justice 3
SPCH 110: Public Speaking 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
POSC 201: National Government 3
or POSC 202:   State and Local Government
ALHT 105: Medical Ethics and Law 3
    15
     
Second Semester Hours
  Humanities Elective 3
CJUS 204: Accident Investigation 3
CJUS 294: Medicolegal Death Investigation 3
ALHT 206: Pathophysiology * 3
CIS 105: Computer Concepts 3
    15
     
Total Credit Hours 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. Contract your academic advisor for details.

Louisiana POST Council Credits Applied to Criminal Justice Degree

Bossier Parish Community College is providing expanded educational opportunities for peace officers completing the Louisiana POST (Police Officers Standards and Training) Council. Fifteen (15) hours of credit will be given in criminal justice courses at BPCC. Below are the courses students will receive credit for upon completion of three (3) semester hours in residence at Bossier Parish Community College. Additionally, students will be required to submit a copy of appropriate documentation of LA POST council certification and a copy of driver’s license.

For more information, please call 318-678-6381.

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