School of Criminal Justice
School of Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice - Cyber Security (Online Bachelor's Program): Bachelor of Science
(Tennessee residents will receive a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree.)
Indianapolis, IN Campus

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This program teaches the fundamentals of the criminal justice system and criminal justice skills. The program offers a foundation in criminal law, legal procedures, criminal evidence and criminology. Areas of study include law enforcement, the courts and corrections. The program also covers the foundation of risks and damages associated with digital fraud and cyber crimes including Internet crime, cyberstalking, electronic crime and identity theft. Special emphasis is placed on the cornerstones of cyber security including the methodologies of inspection, protection, detection, reaction and response. Topics include formal specification and verification of security properties, operating system security, trust management, security auditing and intrusion detection, security policy, safeguards and countermeasures, risk mitigation, covert channels and identification and authentication. Intrusion detection in network security, firewalls, virtual private networks (VPNs), virtual local area networks (VLANs), backup and disaster recovery techniques, smart card security, estimation and management of risks associated with security are also included. The upper-level courses enhance the study of the criminal justice system and expand into areas such as criminalistics, victimology and forensics investigations. The curriculum is designed to offer a balance of theory and application used in the field by integrating interpersonal skills and administrative subject matter. Students will examine the criminal justice process and study interpersonal communication skills. The program offers an interdisciplinary study of the mechanisms of social control, criminology and criminal justice in American society. Program content includes communication, criminal law and procedures, and cybercrime issues as well as technology skills. The program can help graduates cultivate particular human relations skills appropriate to the industry and an understanding of the causes and prevention of crime.

Career Opportunities

The program can help graduates prepare for careers in the field of computing in criminal justice in the area of cyber security and its related fields, law enforcement*, community corrections and the private investigation and security fields. Upon completion of the program, graduates will have developed knowledge and skills that can be used to recognize, resist and recover from attacks on networked systems and to pursue entry-level positions involving criminal justice such as local, state and federal law enforcement jobs.* The program also offers the academic preparation to pursue a broad spectrum of criminal justice and cyber security related careers in the private sector involving workplace security and private investigations, cybercrimes, risks and threats over multiple systems of Internet, intranet and local systems.

*This program of study may not qualify a graduate for a career in law enforcement involving employment as a police officer or agent by federal, state, county, local or municipal authorities. An applicant must contact the applicable governmental authority prior to beginning the program at the school to determine if there are any specific requirements and/or qualifications that a candidate must satisfy to be eligible for employment as a police officer or agent by that authority. Those requirements and/or qualifications may include, among other things, that a candidate must: (a) successfully complete an academy or other specialized training; (b) be younger than a certain age; (c) pass a physical, mental and/or personality examination; (d) pass a background check; (e) not have a criminal record; (f) be a graduate from an institution that is regionally accredited (as opposed to nationally accredited, such as ITT Technical Institute); (g) complete a certain number of credit hours or a certain type of degree program at an accredited postsecondary educational institution; (h) have served a certain number of years in the military; (i) have a certain number of years of prior law enforcement experience; (j) be a U.S. citizen and/or a resident of the governmental authoritys jurisdiction; (k) have earned a bachelor or graduate degree in certain areas of study; and/or (l) have a valid drivers license.

Admission Requirements

Refer to the Admission section of this catalog for information relating to Admission Requirements and Procedures for this program.


The student is responsible, at his or her expense, for providing all supplies and equipment for the students use in the online courses in the program, including, without limitation, a computer (and the associated accessories and peripheral equipment, including without limitation, a monitor, keyboard and printer), software and Internet service.

Online Courses

All of the courses offered at the school in this program are distance education courses and are taught online over the Internet, rather than in residence at the school. Each course will be taught over a period of either (a) six weeks or (b) 12 weeks, as determined by the school from time to time in its discretion. Courses are delivered through an asynchronous learning network. There is a prescribed completion schedule for the activities in each course. Support materials for each course will be sent to the student. These materials may include a course syllabus, a textbook(s), a CD-ROM(s) and other printed documents required for the course. Students will be assigned to a class for each course. Students in each course will interact with their classmates and the instructor through discussion board and e-mail systems.

Online Student Preparation - Prior to starting any of the online courses in this program, the student is encouraged to complete the online student preparation, which describes the protocols that the student must follow when taking an online course.

Computer, Software Requirements and Specifications and Internet Service

The student must have access to a computer (and the associated accessories and peripheral equipment), software and Internet service that satisfy the following specifications:

Minimum Requirements for Computer: Pentium III or equivalent PC-compatible (MacIntosh or Unix-based machines are not supported), 256MB RAM (512MB preferred), CD-ROM, 2GB free space (5GB preferred) on master hard drive.

Minimum Requirements for Software: Windows XP or 2000 (or higher), Microsoft Office Professional 2003 (or higher), Internet Explorer 6.0 (or higher), and functional e-mail address with file attachment capabilities. The student will be required to obtain any software tools, plug-ins and/or applications identified in the course syllabus for any course in the program of study.

Minimum Requirements for Internet Service: 56Kb modem (Cable or DSL connection strongly preferred).

The student is obligated for any expense associated with obtaining access to the above specified computer equipment, software and Internet service. No school-owned computer equipment, software or Internet service will be accessible to the student.

Class Size

Classes generally range in size from 15 to 25 students. Depending on the course subject matter, certain classes may contain a greater or lesser number of students.

Program Outline

To view a list of the course descriptions, please click here.

Course Number Course Credit Hours  
Minimum required credit hours for the Baccalaureate Degree (Grand total) 180
General Education Courses**
Unspecified General Education courses+ 48
GE175 American Government+ 4
GE375 Psychology+ 4
Subtotal 56
Core Courses
CJ123 Criminal Law+ 4
CJ131 Introduction to Criminal Justice+ 4
CJ132 Criminal Justice Organization and Administration+ 4
CJ133 Criminology+ 4
CJ151 Principles of Policing and Law Enforcement+ 4
CJ152 Law Enforcement Reporting and Recording+ 4
CJ241 Criminal Investigation+ 4
CJ242 Forensics and Crime Scene Investigation+ 4
CJ243 The Criminalistics of Cybercrime+ 4
CJ253 Policing Techniques: Interviewing and Interrogation+ 4
CJ312 Correctional Operation and Administration+ 4
CJ333 Constitutional Law+ 4
CJ334 Crime Prevention+ 4
CJ355 Multicultural Law Enforcement+ 4
CJ439 Juvenile Justice+ 4
CJ445 Spatial Aspects of Crime+ 4
CJ456 Controversial Issues in Law Enforcement+ 4
CJ475 Bachelor's Thesis+ 4
IS311 Internetworking Infrastructure and Operations+ 4
IS312 Information Security Essentials+ 4
IS314 Security Architecture of Common IT Platforms+ 4
IS315 IS Risk Management and Intrusion Detection+ 4
IS316 Fundamentals of Network Security, Firewalls and VPNs+ 4
IS317 Hacker Techniques, Tools and Incident Handling+ 4
IS411 Security Policies and Implementation Issues+ 4
IS414 User Authentication Systems and Role-Based Security+ 4
IS415 System Forensics Investigation and Response+ 4
Subtotal 108
Technical Basic Courses
TB139A Strategies for Learning in a Technical Environment+ 4
TB141 Introduction to Productivity Software+ 4
TB145 Introduction to Computing+ 4
TB332 Professional Procedures and Portfolio Development+ 4
Subtotal 16

+In this program, this course is a distance education course that is taught online over the Internet, rather than in residence at the school. Refer to the Online Course Information section of this catalog for additional information relating to these courses.

++In this program, the Unspecified General Education courses are distance education courses taught online over the Internet, rather than in residence at the school. Refer to the Course Descriptions section of the catalog for the general education category pertaining to each general education course.

**General Education courses include courses in the humanities, composition, mathematics, the sciences and the social sciences. The Unspecified General Education courses must include at least one course in each of the following categories: the humanities, composition, mathematics and the social sciences. For Minnesota students, the General Education courses must include at least two courses in each of the following categories: the humanities, composition, mathematics and the social sciences. Refer to the Course Descriptions section of the catalog for the general education category pertaining to each general education course.

NOTE: The course descriptions for the courses in this program are in the Course Descriptions section of this catalog. The school may, at any time in its discretion, vary the offering and/or sequence of courses in this program, revise the curriculum content of the program or any course in the program and change the number of credit hours in the program or in any program course.

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