Course Descriptions - Criminal Justice

CRJ1010 Introduction to Criminal Justice System
4 semester hours
This course explores the administration of criminal justice in the United States with a general overview of the total system. Students will explore the role of the police, criminal courts, and corrections while learning about the increasing number of careers available within criminal justice. Students will also be expected to conduct “field experiences” of their choice in order to better explore the broad field and multidisciplinary nature of criminal justice.
No prerequisites.

CRJ2400 Principles of Emergency Management
4 semester hours                                                                                                                                                                                                 This course examines the historical context of emergency management to the present day evolution into the world of homeland security. Focus is on the disciplines of the emergency management process: mitigation, preparedness, communications, response and recovery. Students will be provided with a background in international emergency management policies and challenged to develop their own ideas about the future of emergency management in America.

CRJ2420 Criminal Law
4 semester hours
The course provides students with an understanding in the substantive criminal law. Topics include the general principles of criminal liability, such as the elements of actus reus and mens rea; justifications and excuses; vicarious liability and inchoate crimes; and specific analysis of crimes against persons, property and public order. As part of a “field experience,” students will be expected to observe a criminal court proceeding or similar experience.
Prerequisite: CRJ1010.

CRJ2500 Policing America
4 semester hours
This course examines the policing occupation as it has evolved in the United States. Traditional law enforcement practices will be compared with contemporary policing and the uses of modern technology. Contemporary topics include spatial crime analysis, directed patrol, profiling, terrorism, misuse of force, problem solving, intelligence-led policing, and community building. Students will be expected to conduct “field experiences” outside of the classroom that may be completed individually or within groups.
Prerequisite: CRJ1010.

CRJ3300 Criminal Investigation
4 semester hours
This course focuses on theories and practices of fundamental procedures. Emphasis is placed upon crime scene searching and recording; collection and preservation of physical evidence; scientific evaluation; methods of operations; sources of information; interviews and interrogation; and case preparation.
Prerequisite: CRJ1010.

CRJ3400 Criminal Evidence and Procedure
4 semester hours
This course analyzes the concept of evidence and rules governing its admissibility. Additional topics include theoretical and pragmatic considerations of substantive and procedural laws affecting arrest, search and seizure.
Prerequisites: CRJ1010, CRJ2420.

CRJ4200 Administration of Criminal Justice Agencies
4 semester hours                                                                                                                                                                                                 This course is about how leadership drives change in criminal justice agencies. The impact of politics, unions, conflicting service demands and limited resources will be explored. This course provides a critical examination of the organization and administration of municipal police agencies and their func tions. Concepts of organizational theory are used to integrate proven concepts into the police service.                                                                              Prerequisite: CRJ2500 or consent of instructor

CRJ4940 Criminal Justice Internship
4 semester hours                                                                                                                                                                                                 This course is designed for criminal justice students who are undertaking an internship with a public agency or private firm. Research, observation, study and/or work in selected criminal justice agencies supplement classroom study with constructive participation in the criminal justice system. The internship experience must be planned through student-instructor interviews before registration as provided under internship regulations. The objective of the course is to assist the intern and the participating agencies in getting the most out of the student-learning experience. Students electing this option will need to complete a contract with the participating internship agency and a member of the criminal justice faculty. They will contract 48 clock hours for every one (1) semester hour. Therefore, a student must contract for at least 192 hours and a maxi mum of 576 hours to complete this elective. A maximum of four semester hours of internship count toward the criminal justice major electives, with any remaining semester hours counting toward the 120 total semester hours required for graduation.                                                                                                                                                                  
Prerequisite: CRJ4800 or consent of instructor.

CRJ6810 Wildlife Ecology
4 semester hours
This course is an introduction to management and conservation of wildlife by natural resources agencies. The emphasis will be placed on identification of wildlife species and management of their critical habitats. This course will address basic and applied questions about fish and wildlife ecology, habitat use, conservation, production, harvest, and interactions with humans.

CRJ6810 Restoration Ecology
4 semester hours
This course examines the science of restoring damaged ecosystems. The course will emphasize the assessment of the antecedent conditions, setting restoration objectives, manipulating environments both from a theoretical and applied initiative. Students will be immersed in the field application and examining restoration practices.

CRJ6810 Fire Prevention and Management
4 semester hours
This course is an introduction to provide the knowledge and skills to prevent and reduce forest fires. Students are taught current fire science principles, concepts, and policies. Students will receive hands on experience with fire use terminology, principles, and applications. Students will develop management programs for fire prevention and control burns. The students will learn the basics of arson investigations.

CRJ6810 Environmental Law
4 semester hours
This course provides students with an understanding of laws and executive orders that have been enacted to serve as a foundation for the protection of the environment and public health. Topics include the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Clean Air Act. Specific attention will be given to policy guidelines that govern the civil and criminal enforcement of environmental laws.

Supportive Courses

REC1760 Leisure and Society
4 semester hours
This course focuses on the phenomena of leisure, recreation and play and their impact on individuals and society. It traces the historical development of recreation and leisure and the corresponding concepts of time, work, meaning, pleasure, culture, technology, and rapid change. Students are challenged to think critically about the issues related to choices a individual or society make when using "free time" and the resulting benefits and consequences.

BIO2200 Humans and the Environment
4 semester hours
This course provides students with an overview of the relationship between humans and their environment. Specifically, the course will introduce students to the environmental problems that we face, including human population growth, air pollution, water pollution, loss of biological diversity and energy usage, and discusses potential solutions to these problems. We also investigate local environmental issues.

SUS2100 Environmental Ethics
4 semester hours
This course is an introduction to environmental ethics in developed and developing countries. Lectures will emphasize current philosophical environmental ethics, understanding the values and responsibility of individuals toward the environment, and an understanding of how to balance the use of natural resources to development of sustainable approaches. This course will also focus on individual's environmental ethics and obligations to dealing with environmental issues. In addition, view society's movements and values toward these issues.

SUS3200 Ecology and Conservation
4 semester hours
This course will provide and introduction to the ecology and conservation of natural resource. Basic principles of ecology and conservation techniques will be discussed with an emphasis on humans as part of this system. This course will utilize experiential methods in examining global and local ecosystem issues and current management practices.
Prerequisite: Majors only or consent of instructor

REC2500 Working with Diverse Populations in Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Management
4 semester hoursThis course will focus on theoretical and practical issues encountered in serving diverse populations in parks and recreation. It will provide the student with an introduction to the practice of inclusive programming for persons with disabilities as well as programming concepts for the elderly, gender specific groups and ethnically diverse populations.

REC3400 Outdoor Recreation and Education4 semester hours
Students study outdoor education theory and philosophy, and apply their learning by preparing and delivering lessons to visiting students. Topics include introduction to outdoor education curriculum development, teaching techniques and administrative programming practices. Students will participate in developing curricula and activities appropriate for extending academic classroom subjects to the outdoors according to state standards of education.
Prerequisite: Junior Standing.

SUS4210 Terrestrial Ecosystems
4 semester hours
This course will introduce students to flora/fauna-soil ecosystems and focus on water, carbon and nitrogen processes. Students will learn the dynamics of change in a terrestrial ecosystem including soil pedology, and edaphology. Field sampling and research will be done in forest, prairie, wetland as well as urban ecosystems.
Prerequisite: A chemistry course; SUS2200; CHM1320/1320Z or equivalent.

SUS4200 Water Resources and the Environment
4 semester hours
This course is intended to provide students with a broader understanding of water as a natural resource and its importance to our lives and Earth's complex environment. Specifically, this course will cover physical properties of water, the hydrologic cycle, and issues related to water distribution, water usage, and water management. Students will understand the social/economical, legal, and political aspects of water resources.
Prerequisite: SUS2200

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