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

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

CRJ4940 Criminal Justice Internship
4 semester hours 
Prerequisite: CRJ4800 or consent of instructor.

CRJ4XXX 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.

CRJ3XXX 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.

CRJ4XXX 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.

CRJXXXX 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 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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