Whatcom offers the following degree and certificate:

 Degree:  Associate in Science (AS) - Criminal Justice
 Certificate:  Criminal Justice

 

Note: Core course requirements are listed alphabetically within the degree and certificate templates, not necessarily in the order they should be taken.

 Associate in Science (AS) - Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice program is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills for entry level positions in the criminal justice field. The program also offers opportunities for current criminal justice employees to enhance their knowledge and skills. This Associate in Science offers two options for focused study.

Course requirements (effective fall 2014)

 CORE REQUIREMENTS (courses are listed alphabetically)
 Credits
 CJ& 101
 Introduction to Criminal Justice
 5
 CJ 109
 Community Relations
 3
 CJ& 110
 Criminal Law
 3
 CJ& 240
 Introduction to Forensics
 5
 CJ 245
 Laws of Arrest, Search & Seizure
 3
 CJ 250
 Criminal Investigation/Interviewing Techniques
3
 CJ 275
 Patrol Procedures
 3
 ENGL& 230
 Technical Writing
 3
 PHIL 130
 Introduction to Ethics
 5
 PSYC& 100
 General Psychology (HR)
 5
 SOC 250
 Multicultural Issues
 5
 SPAN& 121
 Spanish I
 5
 or
 Other world language
 5
 or  Demonstrated proficiency in a world language * World language proficiency must be demonstrated by an approved exam. Additional credits may be required in electives to meet 90 credit degree requirement.
 5
 Subtotal  48
 SPECIALTY REQUIREMENTS Option I (Criminal Justice)
Choose at least 21 credits from the following courses:

 Credits
 BIS 101
 Introduction to Business Computing
 3
 POLS& 202
 American Government
 5
 PSYC 211
 Social Psychology
 5
 PSYC& 220
 Abnormal Psychology
 5
 Any course designated as a physical or biological science (ANTH, ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, ENVS, GEOL, IDS, NUTR, OCEA, PHYS or PHYSC)
 5
 SOC& 101
 Introduction to Sociology (HR)
 5
 SOC& 201
 Social Problems
 5
 SOC 220
 Contemporary Social Issues
 5
 SPAN& 122
 Spanish II
 5
 or  Other world language
 5
 SPAN& 123
 Spanish III
 5
 or  Other world language
 5
 CMST& 210
 Interpersonal Communication (CM)
 3 or 5
 Subtotal  21-25
 OR
 SPECIALTY REQUIREMENTS Option II (Computer Forensics)
 Credits
 CIS 100
 Computer Literacy
 3 or 5
 CIS 105
 Computer Operating Systems I
 5
 CIS 110
 Introduction to Computer Security
 3
 CIS 206
 Computer Support I
 5
 CIS 225
 Computer Forensics
 5
 Subtotal  21-23
 GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS/RELATED INSTRUCTION*
 Credits
 ENGL& 101
 English Composition I (CM)
 5
 MATH 111
 Methods for Problem Solving (CP)
 5
 or IDS 113
 Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences (CP)
 5
 or  Any course designated as "Q/SR"
 5
 CMST& 101
 Introduction to Communication (CM)
 3 or 5
 or CMST& 230
 Small Group Communication (CM)
 5
 Subtotal  13-15
 ELECTIVES/COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE
 Credits
 CO-OP 190
 Cooperative Education/Internship
 1 to 5
 and/or  Any course numbered 100 and above
 1 to 6
 Subtotal  2-6
 Total  90

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 Certificate - Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice certificate is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills for entry level positions in the criminal justice field. The program also offers opportunities for current criminal justice employees to enhance their knowledge and skills.

Course requirements (effective fall 2016)

 CORE REQUIREMENTS (courses are listed alphabetically)
 Credits
 CJ& 101
 Introduction to Criminal Justice
 5
 CJ 109
 Community Relations
 3
 CJ& 110
 Criminal Law
 3
 CJ& 240
 Introduction to Forensics
 5
 CJ 245
 Laws of Arrest, Search & Seizure
3
 CJ 250
 Criminal Investigation/Interviewing Techniques
3
 CJ 275
 Patrol Procedures
 3
 Subtotal  25
 GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS/RELATED INSTRUCTION*
 Credits
 ENGL& 101
 English Composition I (CM)
 5
 IDS 113
 Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences (CP)
 5
 or  Any course designated Computation on the Related Instruction list (CP)
 5
 PSYC& 100
 General Psychology (HR)
 5
 or SOC& 101
 Introduction to Sociology (HR)
 5
 or CMST& 101
 Introduction to Communication (HR)
 5
 or CMST& 230
 Small Group Communication (HR)
 5
 Subtotal  15
 ELECTIVES/COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE
 Credits
 SPAN& 121
 Spanish I
 5
 or  Other world language
 5
 or  Demonstrated proficiency in a world language *World language proficiency must be demonstrated by an approved exam.
 5
 or SOC 250
 Multicultural Issues
 5
 or BIS 101
 Introduction to Business Computing
 3
 or POLS& 202
 American Government
 5
 or ENGL& 230
 Technical Writing
 3
 or ENGL& 235
 Technical Writing
5
 or CO-OP 190
 Cooperative Education/Internship
 1 to 5
 or
 Any college level course numbered 100 or above
 5 to 6
 Subtotal  5-6
 Total  45-46

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