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Criminal Justice - Network Security and Computer Forensics Option (CJNSO)

Program Details

The Criminal Justice-Corrections Option program awards the Associate in Applied Science Degree and may be completed entirely online. The degree will educate students in the practical knowledge of the criminal justice system and it’s many operations. Courses typically cover criminal justice topics relating to law enforcement at the local, state and federal levels.  Students will also analyze the role that criminal justice has within modern society.

To be eligible for graduation, students must complete 98-99 credit hours. Students are encouraged to talk with an academic advisor or the Student Services program when planning their course of study.

The general education courses provide students a core education within a broad range of subjects.  These courses are designed to enrich the student’s perspectives and expand problem-solving techniques that can be used in the real world. The general education credits are divided into 9 communications, 4.5 social Science, 9 quantitative/numeracy Skills, and 9 other credits.

The major requirement courses have been developed to strengthen the student’s career skills and knowledge. The 45 major requirement credits are split into 10 courses. Some of the major’s courses include Introduction to Criminal Justice, Criminal Law, Criminal Investigation, The Constitution, and Introduction to Psychology.

Students may complete the Course Track Offering credits through one of six choices. The six options are Corrections, Homeland Security, Generalist, Law Enforcement, Private Security, and Network Security & Computer Forensics. Each option provides a specialized education for students that would like a to pursue a specific career path within the field of criminal justice.

The Criminal Justice Network Security and Computer Forensics Option (CJNSO) requires students to complete a total of 27 credit hours. The credits are obtained through six required courses. The courses include: Building Secure Environments, Network and Information Security Basics, Network Attacks, Intrusions, and Penetration Testing, Boundary Protection, Information Systems, Forensics, and Legal Topics, and Security Capstone.

The CJNSO courses provide students with a variety of educational goals.  Students should be able to lessen the security vulnerabilities of Internet applications, defend computers at the enterprise-level, perform auditing techniques and demonstrate penetration testing. Courses will also cover topics such as firewalls, packet filtering, computer forensic concepts, and the different incident responses.

Upon graduation, students may find careers as a police officer, deputy sheriff, county detention officer, correctional officer, secret service agent, U.S. marshal, or loss prevention specialist. Students may work within settings at the local, state, and federal level. Students that plan to enter the criminal justice profession should be aware that there are rigorous and extensive employment qualifications for certain positions.

Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission