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Criminal Justice, A.S.

Requirements

Students in Criminal Justice may receive a Certificate of Proficiency in Law Enforcement Academy, an Associate in Science Degree in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice, or a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forensic Science.

Total Program Credits: 60

General Education Requirements: 35 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing--Humanities/Social Sciences 3
or ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing--Science and Technology (3.0)  
Complete one of the following: 3
  MATH 1030 Quantitative Reasoning (3.0)  
  MATH 1040 Introduction to Statistics (3.0)  
  MATH 1050 College Algebra (4.0)  
Complete one of the following: 3
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877 (3.0)  
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877 (3.0)  
  HIST 1700 American Civilization (3.0)  
  HIST 1740 US Economic History (3.0)  
  POLS 1000 American Heritage (3.0)  
  POLS 1100 American National Government (3.0)  
Complete the following:  
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness 2
or PES 1097 Fitness for Life (2.0)  
Distribution Courses:  
  Biology 3
  Physical Science 3
  Additional Biology or Physical Science 3
  Humanities Distribution 3
  Fine Arts Distribution 3
  Social/Behavioral Science 3
Discipline Core Requirements: 15 Credits
  CJ 1010 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
  CJ 1340 Criminal Investigations 3
  CJ 1350 Introduction to Forensic Science 3
  CJ 1330 Criminal Law 3
  CJ 2350 Laws of Evidence 3
Elective Requirements: 10 Credits
  Electives may consist of any Criminal Justice (CJ) or Paralegal (LEGL) course that is not part of the core requirements. 10

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 60 or more semester credits.
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above. (Departments may require a higher GPA.)
  3. Residency hours: Minimum of 20 credit hours through course attendance at UVU
  4. Completion of GE and specified departmental requirements.
  5. Must have a grade of C- or higher in all core and elective requirements.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is intended to be a guide. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track.

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
American Institutions 3
PES 1097 or HLTH 1100 Fitness for Life Or Personal Health and Wellness 2
PSY 1010 or SOC 1010 Introduction to Psychology or Introduction to Sociology  3
CJ 1010 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
  Semester total: 14
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing--Science and Technology 3
MATH 1030, 1040, or 1050 Quantitative Reasoning , introduction to Statistics, College Algebra  3
PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
Fine Arts 3
CJ 1330 Criminal Law 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
Biology 3
Physical Science 3
Humanities 3
CJ 1340 Criminal Investigations 3
CJ 2350 Laws of Evidence 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
Additional Biology or Physical Science 3
CJ 1350 Introduction to Forensic Science 3
  CJ electives – 10 credits 10
  Semester total: 16
  Degree total: 60

Department

Name:

Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement

Location:

EN 101

Telephone:

801-863-7230

Email:

melissa.noyes@uvu.edu

Web Address:

uvu.edu/criminaljustice/

Chair:

Matthew L. Duffin

 
 

Mission Statement

Mission, Goals, and Values

The Criminal Justice program is committed to fostering a challenging and intellectually stimulating environment that provides a broad range of interactive academic and field experiences.  An understanding and appreciation of the theory, research, policy and practice of criminal justice, as a unique discipline, will be advanced.  The department will promote the development of future professionals who are capable of assuming responsibility for the research, continuing scholarship and administration of the criminal justice system.

The Forensic Science program is committed to fostering a challenging and intellectually stimulating environment that provides a broad range of interactive academic and field experiences.  An understanding and appreciation of theory, research, policy and practice of forensic science, as a unique discipline, will be advanced.  The department will promote the development of future professionals who are capable of assuming responsibility for the research, continuing scholarship and administration of forensic science.

The following values will dictate our actions in carrying out these missions:

  • Academically and professionally qualified faculty.
  • Superior teaching.
  • Scholarly activities that enhance and strengthen teaching.
  • Continued re-evaluation, assessment, and corrections to curriculum.
  • Ethical awareness and conduct.
  • Cooperation, communication, and diversity across the curriculum.
  • Development of sensitivity toward, and appreciation for, cultural diversity.
    • Development of analytical and critical thinking skills essential to the criminal justice field.
    • Preparation for the technologically sophisticated legal environment of the 21st century.
    • Advancement of the study of law within the context of an interdisciplinary liberal arts education.

The vision of the Criminal Justice Department is to become an academic program in the field of Criminal Justice recognized by students, and alumni, which provides them with a critical understanding of the total system of criminal justice and the society in which it functions.  Additionally, we aspire to be recognized by local, state, and federal law enforcement communities for our progressive education, service, intellectual maturity, and ethical awareness.

The vision of the Forensic Science area of the Criminal Justice Department is to become an academic program in the field of Forensic Science recognized by students, and alumni, which provides a critical understanding of the investigation procedures for forensic evidence and the society in which it functions.  Additionally, we aspire to be recognized by local, state, and federal law enforcement communities for our progressive education, service, intellectual maturity, and ethical awareness.

The following strategies/goals are being pursued to move toward the above vision:

  • Develop a comprehensive forensic curriculum in cooperation with the science department.
  • Organize a Skills USA criminal justice program.
    • Increase the number of students in both the criminal justice and the forensic science programs.
    • Continue curriculum improvement efforts and link assessment more closely to competencies.
  • Increase rigor/scholarship across the curriculum.
  • Actively participate in professional organizations.
  • Promote scholarly research and development within the faculty.

Contribution to Overall UVU Mission

The departmental mission was developed to contribute to the College of Aviation & Public Services mission which, in turn, contributes to UVU’s mission.  Critical to our program is a focus on developing a curriculum, along with other departments at UVU, which prepares our students to be competent for employment or advanced education and excellence in teaching, scholarship, and community service.

 
 

Criminal Justice


  • Administrative Support: 
    Kameron Barkle
  • Office: EN 101
  • Telephone: 801-863-7230
  • Email: Kameron.Barkle@uvu.edu
 
 

Law Enforcement

  • Director Police Academy: Steve DeMille
  • Office: EN 114a
  • Telephone: 801-863-8062
  • Email:  demillst@uvu.edu
  • Administrative Support: Patrice Bollen
  • Office: EN 114
  • Telephone: 801-863-6156
  • Email: Patrice.bolen@uvu.edu
 
 

Forensic Science

  • Director: Gary Naisbitt
  • Office: ME 136
  • Telephone: 801-863-6505
  • Email: naisbiga@uvu.edu
 
 

Advisors:

 
 

Faculty

Kenneth Crook(2007)

Associate Professor

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Faculty



B.A., Middle East History, J.D., Brigham Young University.

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Matthew Duffin(2008)

Associate Professor

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Department Chair



B.S., Business Management, J.D., Brigham Young University; LL.M., Military/International Contracts Law, United States Army Judge Advocate General’s School.

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Curtis Fillmore(1997)

Associate Professor

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Faculty



B.S., Sociology, M.P.A., Public Administration, Brigham Young University.

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Marcy Hehnly(2014)

Assistant Professor

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Faculty



B.S., Criminal Justice, M.S., Human Resource Management, Troy University; Ph.D., Human Services, Cappella University.

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Stott Harston(2000)

Associate Professor

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Faculty



B.A., Political Science, J.D., Brigham Young University.

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Bobbi Kassel(2014)

Assistant Professor

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Faculty



B.S., Criminal Justice, Utah Valley University; M.Ed., Instructionl Design, University of Utah.

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Gary Naisbitt(2005)

Associate Professor

Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Faculty



B.A., German, Weber State College; Ph.D., Biochemistry, Brigham Young University.

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Careers

Careers:
For those trained in Criminal Justice, opportunities exist in local, state, federal, and private law enforcement i.e., DEA agent, FBI agent, corrections officer, security officer, private investigator, game law enforcement officer, immigration inspector, Alcohol/Tobacco/Firearms inspector, United States Marshall, Internal Revenue officer, Border Patrol agent, Consumer Safety inspector, and other fields depending on chosen option.
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