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Students convicted of a felony will not be allowed to enroll in the Firearms and Practicum courses and will not graduate from the Police Science program. Learn how your criminal history matters.
The following suggested sequence of study is for new full-time students starting the program Fall 2022. Part-time students should visit with a program advisor for a modified sequence of study.
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This course examines the day-to-day operation of criminal justice in our society. Emphasis is on the inter-relationships of the components of law enforcement, the courts, corrections, and the juvenile justice system.
This course examines the operational aspects of policing to include patrol theories and methods, crime response, operational skills and factors that influence police operations.
This course provides in depth examination of the State of Iowa traffic laws, and how traffic code enforcement enhances public safety.
An examination of ethical issues in the criminal justice system with an emphasis on reasoning and decision making for professional competence.
This course surveys the basic principles, concepts, and research findings of social life from small groups to societies. The course examines a range of sociological explanations for the various forms of social behaviors and establishes a basis for reflection and further study in the field.
This course introduces students to a sociological examination of contemporary social problems. Specifically, this course focuses on the interconnection of various social problems, the significance of social inequality in creating and maintaining social problems, and the roles of both human agency and social policy in providing solutions to these problems.
Lecture Hours: 48
This course provides an introduction to the sociological study of group relations in the United States. The focus will be on race, class, and gender. However, other identities (such as religion, sexual orientation, age, and abilities) will also be explored. Students will gain a better understanding of the relationship between individuals and society, as well as the experiences of various minority groups.
Rules of evidence are essential to criminal justice system operations. This course will examine historical developments concerning evidence, types of evidence, witnesses, and the procedures used to regulate evidence.
Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C- in CRJ-100.
Co-requisite(s): Must program major.
This course will review the historical development of constitutional law, the philosophy of law, and the current impact on law enforcement officials. The judicial process will be examined to better understand the societal and political influences that impact current day constitutional decisions. A review of the current constitutional protections afforded to an individual. The course will also provide an examination of the elements of common offenses and the procedural safeguards in the criminal process.
This course covers the fundamentals of traffic investigation to include officer response, scene management, measurements, and report preparation.
Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in CRJ-100.
This course examines the juvenile justice system from a practitioner perspective. It provides operational knowledge of how law enforcement, the courts, and correctional facilities navigate the juvenile offender.
This is a one semester, liberal arts mathematics course that satisfies the minimum general education requirement for math. The course is designed to impart math skills which are helpful in everyday life as well as to expose students to areas of mathematics they may not have seen before. Topics include problem-solving skills, set theory, algebra, consumer mathematics, probability, and statistics. Other topics may be included.
Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of D- in MAT-063 or appropriate placement score.
This course is a study of descriptive statistics including graphical representation, central tendency, correlation and regression, intuitive treatment of probability and inferential statistics including hypothesis testing.
This course is designed to present basic facts of arithmetic including whole numbers, fractions, decimals, powers, roots, English and metric measurement, ratio-proportion, percents, introduction to algebra, introduction to geometry, and applied statistics. Instruction includes use of scientific hand-held calculators and emphasis placed on critical thinking, problem solving skills.
This course provides instruction on self defense and control techniques necessary for law enforcement. Emphasis is placed on physical fitness, officer safety, criminal and civil liability.
Prerequisite(s): Must be in program major. A minimum grade of C in CRJ-100.
Pre/Co-requisite(s): A minimum grade of C in CRJ-237 and CRJ-320.
This course explores theories of factors that influence criminal behavior, and analyzes criminal behavior in relationship to other social problems.
This course covers the fundamentals of using a firearm with emphasis on safe practices, responsible firearm care, and proficient use of firearms to law enforcement standards.
Meet with an advisor to register for course.
This course expands skills developed in Basic Firearms by enhancing skill and proficiency with pistols and introduces safe use and handling of shotguns.
Pre/Co-requisite(s): A minimum grade of C in CRJ-252.
This course involves the study of techniques and procedures used to investigate various crimes and crime scenes. The student will gain fundamental skills in photography, evidence preservation, collection, and processing; and scene measurement and documentation.
This course prepares public safety personnel for the physical demands of public safety entrance testing and work demands.
This course provides the student with the necessary skills and knowledge to identify and treat life-threatening emergencies, wounds and fractures, medical and environmental emergencies and patient access and handling. This course utilizes a combination of classroom lecture and skills practice.
This course is for individuals who anticipate working with an ambulance service, hospital emergency department, fire department or other occupational field where emergencies are common. Course includes topics related to assessment and treatment of illness and injury. This course also includes a clinical and field component.
Lecture Hours: 64
Lab Hours: 64
Co-op Hours: 64
Prerequisite(s): Minimum grade of C in ENG-060, or ENG-061, or COM-781, or ENG-105, or ENG-106, or equivalent assessment scores. Minimum grade of C in RDG-039 or equivalent assessment scores.
Composition I emphasizes fluency, thesis-driven organization, the use of supporting details, and research techniques. Writing is approached as a recursive process that includes prewriting strategies, drafting, revising, and editing. The course helps students shape writing to serve readers' needs and define a sense of purpose in their writing. It also gives students strategies for reading college-level material.
Prerequisite(s): Appropriate placement scores or equivalent.
This course examines the techniques and procedures used to investigate crimes.
Report writing and courtroom testimony skills are essential to detail officer activity and enable effective case prosecution. Report writing chronologically details officer investigative activity, and documents elements of a crime. Effective courtroom testimony is vital to the prosecution and resolution of civil and criminal cases.
Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in ENG-105 and CRJ-100.
This course uses a criminal justice perspective to examine the methods and techniques of crisis intervention, causative factors, typologies of those involved, and psycho-social factors of crisis situations. A certificate in Mental Health First Aid is included.
Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in CRJ-100 and CRJ-237.
This course challenges student skills and decision making within scenario based learning activities.
Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in CRJ-151 and CRJ-254
Internship requires 128 hours of supervised volunteer work with a law enforcement agency. Course eligibility requires Advisor consent based on the ability of the student to successfully complete a criminal background check, and be accepted by an agency. Agency placement is dependent on agency assessment of student fitness to meet hiring requirements. Internship is offered during the 16 week Fall & Spring semesters, and during the 8 week Summer term.
Must be in program major. Instructor consent required to enroll.
This course introduces students to the oral communication process and how it affects human interaction There will be an emphasis on developing interpersonal, small group, and public speaking skills. Students will be involved in activities that provide opportunity for the understanding and improvement of their oral communication skills.
Calculations are based on 2022–2023 resident tuition and fees and course fees.
Course Cost Calculation: $210 × course credits + course fee (if applicable).
Total Tuition + Course Fees Calculation: Sum of tuition and course fees for all courses for the term.
Remaining course fees after the Last-Dollar Scholarship is applied: Remaining course fees after tuition has been subtracted.
The cost of books: Visit the Hawkeye Bookstore to determine the cost of books.
Additional program costs: Some programs have additional costs such as tools, equipment, supplies, uniforms, exam fees, and background screenings. Visit with your faculty advisor for more information.
Non-resident tuition and fees or international student costs.
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