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Law Enforcement Technology AAS

Last updated 5/29/2014

Associate in Applied Science Code 5049

Program Contacts:
QC Campus
Dan Gano, 309-796-5281, ganod@bhc.edu


The Law Enforcement curricula are provided by the Department of Social, Behavioral, and Educational Studies.

A working knowledge of the criminal justice system is provided by the law enforcement courses in the curriculum, an understanding of human behavior is provided by the psychology and sociology courses, and the government courses provide knowledge of bureaucratic structure.

Students completing the recommended courses are prepared to compete for jobs in the criminal justice field at the local and state level. Those students desiring employment with federal law enforcement agencies usually need to complete a four-year bachelor’s degree. They are also qualified to enter the private security field.

The certificate program is basically designed for persons presently employed in the criminal justice system. Many people now working in that field received no formal training for their job, and this certificate program is designed to provide them with the basic skills necessary to perform their jobs.

Those interested in a four-year bachelor’s degree should enroll in the Law Enforcement Associate in Science degree program in the Transfer Programs section of this catalog.

Law Enforcement Technology AAS
Associate in Applied Science Code 5049
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)
First Semester
1COMM 100 — Communication Skills (3)
CRJU 151 — Criminal Justice System (3)
SOC 101 — Principles of Sociology (3)
CRJU 109 — Polcie Community Relations (3)
SPEC 114 — Interpersonal Communication (3)

Second Semester
SOC 102 — Contemporary Social Problems (3)
CRJU 104 — Police Administration (3)
CRJU 152 — Criminology (3)
POLS 122 — American National Government (3)
CRJU 153 — Survey of Corrections (3)

Third Semester
MATH 110 — Mathematics for General Education (3)
CRJU 254 — Criminal Investigation I (3)
CRJU 255 — Criminal Law (3)
SOC 261 — Deviant Behavior (3)
CRJU 253 — Probation and Parole (3)

Fourth Semester
POLS 252 — State and Local Government (3)
CRJU 257 — Police Ethics (3)
CRJU 247 — Criminology and Juvenile Delinquency (3)
SOC 250 — Minority Relations (3)
*Elective — Physical Education (3)

Minimum total hours required for degree (60)

*Recommended that students take course designed to develop physical stamina, agility and endurance in preparation for testing for law enforcement agencies.

1ENG 101-102 and SPEC 101 may be substituted for students planning to transfer to a four-year school

Courses for this program include: »

COMM 100 Communication Skills
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
For career program students only. COMM 100 and ENG 132 fulfill requirements for an associate’s degree in several career programs. Concentration on developing skills in writing, speaking and reading.

CRJU 104  Police Administration
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
To provide an analysis of accepted administrative methods as applied to police staff functions such as: Personnel Management, Budget Control, Internal Controls, Planning and Research, Records and Communications, Housing and Materials, Federal Assistance and Law Enforcement Planning, and Government Setting for Police Work.

CRJU 109  Police Community Relations
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
A study of the development of police community relations as both a tool for the street officer and on administrative philosophy of management. Included is an in-depth study of community oriented policing.

CRJU 151  Criminal Justice System
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
A comprehensive view of the criminal justice system in America today. IAI: CRJ 901

CRJU 152  Criminology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: SOC 101

Broad overview of the criminal justice system and a study of crime as a social phenomenon. IAI: CRJ 912

CRJU 153  Survey of Corrections
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Overview of the development of corrections, correctional client, correctional process, community-based corrections. Effects of institutionalization and the future of corrections. IAI: CRJ 911

CRJU 247  Criminology and Juvenile Delinquency
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: CRJU 152

This course attempts to deal with the complexity of the Juvenile Delinquency problem in the United States in a way that will give meaning and direction to the law enforcement practitioner that must deal with the problem every day. IAI: CRJ 914

CRJU 253  Probation and Parole
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: CRJU 153

To provide student with an overview of probation and parole; the decision-making process, the parolee and the Parole Board, evaluating parole. With the increasing prison population in our society, more emphasis in the future will be placed on increased use of probation and parole as the only viable solution. Any serious student studying the criminal justice system must gain a broad-based knowledge of the probation and parole process.

CRJU 254  Criminal Investigation
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Introduction to various law enforcement investigation techniques emphasizing crime scene investigation.

CRJU 255  Criminal Law
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: COMM 100 and POLS 122

Study of development of the federal Constitution and the history of the Bill of Rights; includes in-depth study of first eight Amendments to the Constitution.

CRJU 257  Police Ethics
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: CRJU 104 and COMM 100

A study of ethics as it relates specifically to Law Enforcement, Police Science and the Criminal Justice process

ENG 101 Composition I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ACT English score of 22 or above; or appropriate COMPASS score; or English 091 “C” or better.
English 101 is designed for students who are competent in the fundamentals of composition. Students will write essays using a variety of expository strategies and will apply standard techniques of documentation when appropriate. IAI: C1 900

ENG 102 Composition II
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: English 101 “C” or better.
English 102 is a continuation of English 101, is a required composition course that involves reading, discussion, and analysis of a body of literature to generate ideas for critical and persuasive papers, including one documented research paper. IAI: C1 901R (Grade of “C” or higher required for this course to be eligible to be included in the IAI General Education Core Curriculum.)

MATH 110 Mathematics for General Education
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: Appropriate initial placement score (within the last 6 months) or MATH 086 or 090 or 091 “C” or better and MATH 085.
A course designed to contribute to the general education of any college student. Contemporary problems will be investigated and solved using the mathematical concepts of sets, logic, counting techniques, probability,  statistics, and financial formulas involving exponential and logarithmic expressions. IAI: M1 904

POLS 122 American National Government
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Examines the development and operation of the U.S. national system of government; evolution of the Constitution; the organization, powers, and functions of the three branches of government; the practice and limitations of American politics; and the interrelationships with state and local governments. IAI: S5 900

POLS 252 State and Local Government
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Examines the organization and functions of state and local
governments with an evaluation of their roles in the U.S. federal system of government. IAI: S5 902

SOC 101  Principles of Sociology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: College level reading scores on COMPASS required, or REA 098 and SBS 100 “C” or better.

Scientific examination of human society and social behavior. Concentrates on human behavior and assumes that it is largely shaped by the groups to which people belong and by the social interaction taking place in these groups. Acquire a basic sociological understanding and sensitivity to the issues of race, class, gender, and ethnicity. IAI: S7 900

SOC 102  Contemporary Social Problems
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Analysis of contemporary social problems and investigation of theories on social organization and conflict. Explores the genesis, significance, and amelioration of social problems. IAI: S7 901

SOC 250  Minority Relations
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Examines racial, ethnic, and gender minorities. A comprehensive overview of major sociological theories regarding interaction between dominant and minority groups and an investigation of the experiences of minorities in the United States. IAI: S7 903D

SOC 261  Deviant Behavior
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
The sociological study of the origins, causes, control and definitions of deviance and deviant behavior. Includes criminality, mental disorders, drug use, and sexuality.

SPEC 101 Principles of Speech Communication
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
The oral communication course combines communication theory with the practice of oral communication skills. The oral communication course: (1) develops awareness of the communication process; (2) provides inventional, organizational, and expressive strategies; (3) promotes understanding of and adaptation to a variety of communication contexts; and (4) emphasizes critical skills in listening, reading, thinking and speaking. IAI: C2 900

SPEC 114  Interpersonal Communication
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Examines skills needed in informal face-to-face communication; emphasizes self-concept and interaction with others.