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Law Enforcement Operations, BS

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This program is available in the following Florida campuses:

Sarasota Campus

Keiser University’s Bachelors of Science degree in Law Enforcement Operations program prepares students for career positions in various areas within the field of law enforcement.  It provides students with in depth exposure into the criminal justice system and the forensic investigations field.  The BSLEO is delivered through a unique hybrid format to maximize student learning and promote career development in a flexible scheduled format while also maximizing efficiency in resources.  Fundamental areas critical to both public and private sector entry-level positions are included in the program such as crime scene investigation, fingerprinting, introduction to law enforcement, criminal investigation, forensic photography and police communications report writing.  In addition, the program prepares students with competencies in real-world applications that emphasize identifying, locating, documenting, collecting and preserving evidence within legal frameworks.  Students may select from concentrations in Law Enforcement, Forensic Investigation, or Courts and Corrections.

Program Goals

The degree will provide students with a set of core courses and experiences to familiarize them to the wide-ranging criminal justice system including law enforcement, forensics, and corrections.  The program is set up to provide students the ability to have a range of practical, sociological and forensics information. The degree will also prepare students who choose the forensics track not only to work as a crime scene technician but to also build a career in a crime laboratory or medical examiner’s office, and provides an excellent basis for further studies in the forensic sciences at the graduate level.

Program Objectives

  • To develop students’ ability to understand the tools and procedures used by various law enforcement and forensic agencies;
  • To develop students’ ability to think critically and communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing in diverse criminal justice settings;
  • To assist students in becoming more proficient in researching, collecting and organizing complex data, solving problems and working collaboratively;
  • To provide the student with basic knowledge concerning the operational, legal and ethical context in which law enforcement operations are conducted;
  • To provide students with a comprehensive background in forensic investigative procedures and techniques;
  • To instruct students as to contemporary issues facing law enforcement to include an overview of law enforcement responses to terrorism, cybercrimes and technological countermeasures;
  • To provide students with a comprehensive background in the legal aspect of law enforcement and forensics, including laws, statutes and procedures.
  • To assist graduates in obtaining multi-faceted entry level positions with various law enforcement and forensic agencies.

Prerequisites for Major Courses

There are no program specific pre-requisites.

Program Outline

The curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement Operations consists of 120.0 semester credit hours as described below.  The length of this program is approximately 38 months if selecting the Law Enforcement or Courts and Corrections concentration. The program length is approximately 37 months if selecting the Courts and Corrections concentration (this will vary if a student transfers in credits).

Lower Division Courses

Law Enforcement Lower Division Core Courses (25.0 credit hours)
Forensic Photography 4.0 credit hours
Field Inv. Procedures & Evidence Presentation 4.0 credit hours
Forensic Communications 3.0 credit hours
Fingerprint ID and Development 4.0 credit hours
Crime Scene Digital Image Processing 4.0 credit hours
Include for Law Enforcement or Forensic Investigation Concentrations
Introduction to Law Enforcement 3.0 credit hours
Criminal Investigations 3.0 credit hours
Include for Courts and Corrections Concentration
Introduction to Corrections 3.0 credit hours
Introduction to Juvenile Procedures 3.0 credit hours
Behavioral/Social Science (9.0 credit hours)
Sociology 3.0 credit hours
Introduction to Psychology (required) 3.0 credit hours
Political Science 3.0 credit hours
Communications (3.0 credit hours)
Speech Communications 3.0 credit hours
Computers (3.0 credit hours)
Introduction to Computers 3.0 credit hours
English (3.0 credit hours)
English Composition I 3.0 credit hours
Humanities/Fine Arts (3.0 credit hours)
American Literature 3.0 credit hours
English Literature 3.0 credit hours
Mathematics (6.0 credit hours)
College Algebra 3.0 credit hours
College Mathematics 3.0 credit hours
Applications of Mathematics 3.0 credit hours
Statistics (Required) 3.0 credit hours
Natural Science (7.0 credit hours)
General Biology 3.0 credit hours
Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4.0 credit hours

Upper Division Courses

Law Enforcement Upper Division Core Courses (22.0 credit hours)
Cyber Crimes 3.0 credit hours
Leadership 3.0 credit hours
Advanced Evidence Presentation 3.0 credit hours
Constitutional Criminal Procedures 3.0 credit hours
Forensic Science Application I 4.0 credit hours
Victimology 3.0 credit hours
Terrorism 3.0 credit hours
Upper Division General Education Courses (9.0 credit hours)
Management Information Systems 3.0 credit hours
Critical Thinking 3.0 credit hours
Professional Writing 3.0 credit hours
Capstone Courses (5.0 credit hours)
LEO Capstone I 3.0 credit hours
LEO Capstone II 3.0 credit hours
Elective Courses (9.0 credit hours)
Law Enforcement Concentration (16.0 credit hours)
White Collar and Economic Crime 3.0 credit hours
Organized Crime 3.0 credit hours
Deviant Behavior 3.0 credit hours
Forensic Science Application II 4.0 credit hours
Human Exploitation 3.0 credit hours
Forensic Enforcement Concentration (16.0 credit hours)
Digital Image Capture and Processing 4.0 credit hours
Introduction to Forensic Biology 4.0 credit hours
Forensic Science Application II 4.0 credit hours
Advanced Evidence Documentation 4.0 credit hours
Courts and Corrections Concentration (16.0 credit hours)
Protective Services 3.0 credit hours
Comparative CJ Systems 3.0 credit hours
Forensic Science Application II 4.0 credit hours
Human Exploitation 3.0 credit hours
Criminal Justice Management 3.0 credit hours

Note: All lower division major and general education courses must be successfully completed before upper division courses are undertaken.

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