Criminal Justice/Forensics

Students in Criminal Justice/Forensics

Course Description

CEC provides several opportunities for you to get both college and high school credit while also learning about the criminal justice system. The mission of the program is to create a rigorous learning environment that provides an authentic, real-world context.

Criminal Justice

Students learn about the different areas of the criminal justice system through a problem-based approach with jail tours, guest speakers from the field, scenarios, case studies and other hands-on activities.  Even if you aren’t interested in this career field, you learn about the roles of the different entities in a democratic society as well as the checks and balances.

Crime and Forensics

Do you enjoy solving crimes and learning about the motivation behind criminal activity?  This course is for you. This lab focused class will learn about a case from the first responding officer to trial with an emphasis on forensics such as blood spatter, fingerprinting, profiling and the identification of human remains.

Program LengthProgram TimesHigh School Credits
Four SemestersAM: 8:20-10:50
PM: 1:15-3:50
15 Elective Credits
College Credit

There will be some upcoming changes to this plan based on single instructor structure.

Semester 1Semester 2
CRJ 1010- Intro to Criminal Justice
(3 credits)
Instructor: Angela Littlejohn
CRJ 1025- Policing Systems
(3 credits)
CRJ 1027- Crime Scene Investigation
(3 credits)
CRJ 2009- Criminal Investigation
(3 credits)
CRJ 2001- Emergency Dispatching
(3 credits)
HS Science Credit
  • Other courses to obtain law enforcement certificate
    • COM 1115–Public Speaking: 3 credits (not offered within CTE pathway)

Capstone Completion:

  • Must take CRJ 1010 first.
  • After completing CRJ 1010 (C or higher) remaining courses can be taken in any order.
  • Minimum of 4 semesters to complete all 6 courses.
Industry Certifications
  • CCD Law Enforcement Certificate
  • 911 Emergency Dispatch Certificate
  • Remote Pilot Certificate (Drone Pilot)

Law enforcement certificate from CCD requires completion of: (with a C or higher)

  • CRJ 1010
  • CRJ 1027
  • CRJ 1025
  • CRJ 2009
  • CRJ 1045
  • COM 115
Related Careers
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Emergency Dispatch
  • Lawyer
  • Correctional Officer
  • Probation and Parole Officer
  • Federal Agent
Criminal Justice/Forensics Faculty

Speak with your school counselor about attending part-time or contact CEC Counselor, Zachary Williams for more information.