A.S. - Criminal Justice - CJ23

Offered at the Following Campus

  • Valdosta Campus

Program Overview

The Associate of Science Degree in Criminal Justice is a sequence of courses that provides a solid foundation in general education and criminal justice that prepares students for entry-level employment in a variety of law enforcement fields. The sequence of courses also allows graduates of this program to transfer the coursework to a four year institution. Upon graduation from the Associate of Science in Criminal Justice program, students must seek external certification from the Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Council to be employable as police officers.

**The AS in Criminal Justice Degree provides students the opportunity to transfer to Valdosta State University to complete their Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice.**

Entrance Requirements

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Submit official high school transcript or High School Equivalency transcript;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Present acceptable SAT or ACT scores taken within the last 60 months, or acceptable ACCUPLACER, COMPASS or ASSET scores taken within the last 60 months. Documentation on a college transcript of successful completion of appropriate courses from a regionally accredited college or university may be accepted in lieu of test scores.

Course Overview

Credit Hours
General Core Courses (41 hours)
Area I - Language Arts/Communication (9 hours)

Prereqs: (ENGL 0098 or Test Score) AND (READ 0098 or Test Score)

Coreqs: None

Explores the analysis of literature and articles about issues in the humanities and in society. Students practice various modes of writing, ranging from exposition to argumentation and persuasion. The course includes a review of standard grammatical and stylistic usage in proofreading and editing. An introduction to library resources lays the foundation for research. Topics include writing analysis and practice, revision, and research. Students write a research paper using library resources and using a formatting and documentation style appropriate to the purpose and audience.

Prereqs: ENGL 1101 w/ a "C" or better

Coreqs: None

Emphasizes the student's ability to read literature analytically and meaningfully and to communicate clearly. Students analyze the form and content of literature in historical and philosophical contexts. Topics include reading and analysis of fiction, poetry, and drama; research; and writing about literature.

SPCH
1101
3

Prereqs: Degree Level Reading and Writing Scores

Coreqs: None

Introduces the student to the fundamentals of oral communication. Topics include selection and organization of materials, preparation and delivery of individual and group presentations, analysis of ideas presented by others, and professionalism.
Area II - Social/Behavioral Sciences (15 hours)
HIST
1111
3

Prereqs: Degree Level Reading and Writing Scores

Coreqs: None

Emphasizes the study of intellectual, cultural, scientific, political, and social contributions of the civilizations of the world and the evolution of these civilizations during the period from the prehistoric era to early modern times. Topics include the Prehistoric Era the Ancient Near East, Ancient India, Ancient China, Ancient Rome, Ancient Africa, Islam, the Americas, Japan, Ancient Greece, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance.
HIST
2111
3

Prereqs: Degree Level Reading and Writing Scores

Coreqs: None

Emphasizes the study of U. S. History to 1877 to include the post-Civil War period. The course focuses on the period from the Age of Discovery through the Civil War to include geographical, intellectual, political, economic and cultural development of the American people. It includes the history of Georgia and its constitutional development. Topics include colonization and expansion; the Revolutionary Era; the New Nation; nationalism, sectionalism, and reform; the Era of Expansion; and crisis, Civil War, and reconstruction.
3

Prereqs: (ENGL 0090 or Test Score) AND (READ 0090 or Test Score)

Coreqs: None

Emphasizes study of government and politics in the United States. The focus of the course will provide an overview of the Constitutional foundations of the American political processes with a focus on government institutions and political procedures. The course will examine the constitutional framework, federalism, civil liberties and civil rights, public opinion, the media, special interest groups, political parties, and the election process along with the three branches of government. In addition, this course will examine the processes of Georgia state government. Topics include foundations of government, political behavior, and governing institutions.

Prereqs: (ENGL 0098 or Test Score) AND (READ 0098 or Test Score)

Coreqs: None

Introduces the major fields of contemporary psychology. Emphasis is on fundamental principles of psychology as a science. Topics include research design, the organization and operation of the nervous system, sensation and perception, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, thinking and intelligence, lifespan development, personality, psychopathology and interventions, stress and health, and social psychology.

Prereqs: Degree Level Reading and Writing Scores

Coreqs: None

Explores the sociological analysis of society, its culture, and structure. Sociology is presented as a science with emphasis placed on its methodology and theoretical foundations. Topics include basic sociological concepts, socialization, social interaction and culture, social groups and institutions, deviance and social control, social stratification, social change, and marriage and family.
Area III - Natural Sciences/Mathematics (14 hours)
MATH
1111
3

Prereqs: Degree Level Math Scores

Coreqs: None

Emphasizes techniques of problem solving using algebraic concepts. Topics include fundamental concepts of algebra, equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, and systems of equations; optional topics include sequences, series, and probability or analytic geometry.

Prereqs: Degree Level Math Scores

Coreqs: None

Emphasizes the concepts and methods fundamental to utilizing and interpreting commonly used statistics. Topics include descriptive statistics, basic probability, discrete and continuous distributions, sampling distributions, hypothesis testing chi square tests, and linear regression.
Choose Two of the Following: Complete 8 Credit Hours (8 hours)
BIOL 1111/1111L - Biology I and Lab (4 hours)
BIOL
1111
3

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: BIOL 1111L

Provides an introduction to basic biological concepts with a focus on living cells. Topics include chemical principles related to cells, cell structure and function, energy and metabolism, cell division, protein synthesis, genetics, biotechnology, and evolution.
BIOL
1111L
1

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: BIOL 1111

Selected laboratory exercises paralleling the topics in BIOL 1111. The laboratory exercises for this course include chemical principles related to cells, cell structure and function, energy and metabolism, cell division, protein synthesis, genetics, biotechnology, and evolution.
BIOL 1112/1112L - Biology II and Lab (4 hours)
BIOL
1112
3

Prereqs: BIOL 1111, BIOL 1111L

Coreqs: BIOL 1112L

Provides an introduction to basic animal and plant diversity, structure and function, including reproduction and development, and the dynamics of ecology as it pertains to populations, communities, ecosystems, and biosphere. Topics include classification and characterizations of organisms, plant structure and function, animal structure and function, principles of ecology, and biosphere.
BIOL
1112L
1

Prereqs: BIOL 1111, BIOL 1111L

Coreqs: BIOL 1112

Selected laboratory exercises paralleling the topics in BIOL 1112. The laboratory exercises for this course include classification and
characterizations of organisms, plant structure and function, animal structure and function, principles of ecology, and biosphere.
CHEM 1151/1151L- Survey of Inorganic Chemistry and Lab (4 hours)

Prereqs: MATH 1101 or MATH 1111

Coreqs: CHEM 1151L

Provides an introduction to basic chemical principles and concepts which explain the behavior of matter. Topics include measurements and units, structure of matter, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, gas laws, liquid mixtures, acids and bases, salts and buffers, and nuclear chemistry.

Prereqs: MATH 1101 or MATH 1111

Coreqs: CHEM 1151

Selected laboratory experiments paralleling the topics in CHEM 1151. The lab exercises for this course include units of measurements, structure of matter, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, gas laws, liquid mixtures, acids and bases, salts and buffers, and nuclear chemistry.
CHEM 1152/1152L- Survey of Organic Chemistry and Lab (4 hours)

Prereqs: CHEM 1151 and CHEM 1151L

Coreqs: CHEM 1152L

Provides an introduction to organic chemistry and biochemistry. This survey will include an overview of the properties, structure, nomenclature, reactions of hydrocarbons, alcohols, phenols, ethers, halides, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, esters, amines, amides; the properties, structure, and function of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and enzymes, as well as, intermediary metabolism. Topics include basic principles, hydrocarbons, hydrocarbon derivatives, heterocyclic rings and alkaloids, carbohydrates, lipids and fats, proteins, nucleic acids, and intermediary metabolism.

Prereqs: CHEM 1151 and CHEM 1151L w/ a "C" or better

Coreqs: CHEM 1152

Selected laboratory exercises paralleling the topics in CHEM 1152. The laboratory exercises for this course include basic principles of organic chemistry, hydrocarbons, hydrocarbon derivatives, heterocyclic rings and alkaloids, carbohydrates, lipids and fats, proteins, nucleic acids, and intermediary metabolism.
CHEM 1211/1211L- Chemistry I and Lab (4 hours)
CHEM
1211
3

Prereqs: MATH 1101 or MATH 1111

Coreqs: CHEM 1211L

Provides an introduction to basic chemical principles and concepts which explain the behavior of matter. Topics include measurement, physical and chemical properties of matter, atomic structure, chemical bonding, nomenclature, chemical reactions, and stoichiometry and gas laws.
CHEM
1211L
1

Prereqs: MATH 1101 or MATH 1111

Coreqs: CHEM 1211

Selected laboratory exercises paralleling the topics in CHEM 1211. The laboratory exercises for this course include measurement, physical and chemical properties of matter, atomic structure, chemical bonding, nomenclature, chemical reactions, stoichiometry and gas laws.
CHEM 1212/1212L- Chemistry II and Lab (4 hours)
CHEM
1212
3

Prereqs: CHEM 1211 and CHEM 1211L w/ a "C" or better

Coreqs: CHEM 1212L

Continues the exploration of basic chemical principles and concepts. Topics include equilibrium theory, kinetics, thermodynamics, solution chemistry, acid-base theory, and nuclear chemistry.
CHEM
1212L
1

Prereqs: CHEM 1211 and CHEM 1211L w/ a "C" or better

Coreqs: CHEM 1212

Selected laboratory exercises paralleling the topics in CHEM 1212. The laboratory exercises for this course include equilibrium theory, kinetics, thermodynamics, solution chemistry, acid-base theory, and nuclear chemistry.
Area IV - Humanities/Fine Arts (3 hours)
3

Prereqs: ENGL 1101 w/ a "C" or better

Coreqs: None

Emphasizes American literature as a reflection of culture and ideas. A survey of important works in American literature. Includes a variety of literary genres: short stories, poetry, drama, nonfiction, and novels. Topics include literature and culture, essential themes and ideas, literature and history, and research skills.
Occupational Courses (21 hours)

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: None

This course provides an introduction to computer applications for the development of analytical and problem-solving workplace skills. The course introduces the fundamental concepts, terminology, and operations necessary to use computers. Topics include file management, word processing software, database software, spreadsheet software, and presentation software skill development. The course also introduces terminology related to computer hardware, computer networks, and social and ethical concepts.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

Introduces the development and organization of the criminal justice system in the United States. Topics include: the American criminal justice system; constitutional limitations; organization of enforcement, adjudication, and corrections; and career opportunities and requirements.

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: None

This course examines the principles of the organization, administration, and duties of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. Topics include: history and philosophy of law enforcement, evaluation of administrative practices, problems in American law enforcement agencies, emerging concepts, professionalism, and community crime prevention programs.
CRJU
1030
3

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: None

Provides an analysis of all phases of the American correctional system and practices, including its history, procedures, and objectives. Topics include: history and evolution of correctional facilities; legal and administrative problems; institutional facilities and procedures; probation, parole, and prerelease programs; alternative sentencing; rehabilitation; community involvement; and staffing.

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: None

This course introduces criminal law in the United States, but emphasizes the current specific status of Georgia criminal law. The course will focus on the most current statutory contents of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) with primary emphasis on the criminal and traffic codes. Topics include: historic development of criminal law in the United States; statutory law, Georgia Code (O.C.G.A.) Title 16 - Crimes and Offenses; statutory law, Georgia Code (O.C.G.A.) Title 40 - Motor Vehicle and Traffic Offenses; and Supreme Court rulings that apply to criminal law.

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: None

This course emphasizes those provisions of the Bill of Rights which pertain to criminal justice. Topics include: characteristics and powers of the three branches of government; principles governing the operation of the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment.
CRJU
2070
3

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: None

Analyzes the nature, extent, and causes of juvenile delinquency, and examines processes in the field of juvenile justice. Topics include: survey of juvenile law, comparative analysis of adult and juvenile justice systems, and prevention and treatment of juvenile delinquency.

 

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Related Program Options:

Criminal Justice Technology Associate Degree
Criminal Justice Technology Diploma
Criminal Justice Specialist TCC

 

Program Dean

DeAnnia Clements

Dean of Academic Affairs
Office: VLD Berrien Hall 213B OR BHI Irwin Hall 8102A
Phone: (229) 468-2031
Email:
Campus: Ben Hill-Irwin Campus, Coffee Campus, Cook Campus , Valdosta Campus

Advisors

Susan Courson
Advising & Retention Counselor
Office: Berrien Hall, Suite 100
Phone: (229) 333-2100 ext.3011
Email:
Campus: Valdosta Campus