Mar 07, 2021  
2017-2018 SLCC General Catalog 

Criminal Justice: AS

Associate of Science | 64 credits minimum

Institute of Public Safety and Criminal Justice
Miller Campus
PSET 270
General Information (801) 957-4073
Program Information (801) 957-5330
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising

Program Faculty
Professors − Dr. John Hill
Assistant Professors - Chris Bertram, Brett Terpstra

Program Description
The Criminal Justice program is designed to provide students with a basic liberal education as well as offer students professional education in criminal justice. Students are encouraged to contact academic advising for transfer information.

Two degrees are offered in the program: an associate of science degree for students who plan to transfer to a four-year program and an associate of applied science degree for students who plan to go directly to work. Students should check with an advisor in selection of General Education and elective classes to coordinate with the appropriate career track at the transfer institution.

Career Opportunities
A Criminal Justice education prepares students for a career and higher education options included, but not limited to areas of Law Enforcement, Corrections, Homeland Security, Probation and Parole, Federal Law Enforcement and Forensics, or as background for the pursuit of degrees varying from Pre-Law to Sociology.

Transfer/Articulation Information
Students who complete an AS degree in Criminal Justice at SLCC may satisfy pre-major courses and transfer more easily to other Criminal Justice programs across the State of Utah. The following institutions offer degrees in Criminal Justice: Utah State University, Utah Valley University, Weber State University, Southern Utah University, and Dixie State University.

If transferring to Utah Valley University, students should take CJ 1300 ,  CJ 2330 , (QL) MATH 1040  or MATH 1050 .

If transferring to Weber State University, students should take CJ 1300 , CJ 2300 ,  (QL) MATH 1040 , (SS) PSY 1010  or SOC 1010 .

Math and other general education selections will vary depending on emphasis - especially for Forensic Science programs.

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and books based on the number of credit hours and courses for each semester.

Estimated Time to Completion
If students follow the suggested sample schedule, completion time is four semesters.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Acquire substantive knowledge
2 - Communicate effectively
3 - Develop quantitative literacies
4 - Think critically & creatively
5 - Become a community engaged learner
6 - Work in professional & constructive manner
7 - Develop computer & information literacy
Acquire substantive knowledge about the criminal justice system, criminal laws, procedures, and practices.  Develop an understanding of crime reporting, crime scene processing, forensics, and the wide variety of crimes and why they are committed. 1, 3, 4, 7
Show the ability to research and critically evaluate crimes, crime statistics, and criminal activities.  Process available information and communicate through verbal presentations and written reports the results and opinions of the information gleaned.  1, 2, 4, 7
Understand the roles of those working in the criminal justice system, the challenges encountered, and the issues faced by those who go through the system.  Enhance the awareness of these problems and develop the knowledge to be engaged in the community and positive change. 1, 2, 4, 5
Understand the relationships and connections within and between the agencies and functions of the different parts of the criminal justice system. 1, 2, 6

General Education Requirements

Core Skills:

American Institutions (AI) 3 Credits from One of the Following

Institutional Requirements:

Lifelong Wellness (LW) 1 Credit

Student Choice (IN or DEPTH) 3 Credits

Distribution Areas:

Choose one course (3-4 credits) from each of the following distribution areas. One of the courses must also be a Diversity course (DV).

Life Sciences (LS)   3-4
Fine Arts (FA)   3-4
Humanities (HU)   3
Interdisciplinary (ID)   3
Social Science (SS)   3
Physical Science (PS)   3


Graduation Map

Advising Notes:

It is the student’s responsibility to examine each course description for details of prerequisite classes. Those prerequisites must be satisfied before the designated class may be taken. Students who need to take preparatory classes to meet the requirements for the first semester should plan on extra time to complete the program.

Twenty-four credit hours of credit may be awarded to those individuals who successfully complete POST certified Special Functions Officer and Law Enforcement Officer.