Public Safety (Nexus)

Program of Study

Degree Requirements

Area A Essential Skills
ENGL 1101English Composition I (minimum grade of C)3
ENGL 1102English Composition II (minimum grade of C)3
Select one of the following:3
Quantitative Skills and Reasoning
Introduction to Mathematical Modeling
College Algebra
Applied Calculus
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
Area A Total9
Area B Institutional Options 1
B1: Select 3 hours of following courses:3
Public Speaking
Any Foreign Language 1001, 1002, 2001, 2002
B2: Select 1 or 2 hours of the following courses:1-2
Scholarship Across the Disciplines
Introduction to Servant Leadership
Perspectives 1-hour (1 credit; may be repeated with a different topic)
Perspectives 2-hour (2 credits)
Area B Total4-5
Area C Humanities/Fine Arts/Ethics
Select one of the following humanities courses:3
World Literature I
World Literature II
Comparative Arts 2
The Western Intellectual Tradition
Historical Perspectives on the Philosophy of Science and Mathematics
Introduction to Philosophy
Select one of the following fine arts courses:3
Art Appreciation
Comparative Arts 2
Music Appreciation
Theatre Appreciation
Introduction to the History of Art I– Prehistoric through Gothic
Introduction to the History of Art II– Renaissance through Modern
Area C Total6
Area D Science/Math/Technology 1
D1: Select one of the following science course with a lab; the other course may be lab or non-lab:7-8
Human Origins (no lab)
Descriptive Astronomy: The Solar System
and Descriptive Astronomy Lab (lab optional)
Descriptive Astronomy: Stars and Galaxies
and Descriptive Astronomy Lab
Understanding the Weather
and Understanding the Weather Lab
Principles of Biology (lab included)
Contemporary Issues in Biology Non-Lab (no lab)
Contemporary Issues in Biology with Lab (lab included)
Survey of Chemistry I
and Survey of Chemistry I Lab
Survey of Chemistry II
and Survey of Chemistry II Lab
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry I Lab
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry II Lab
Environmental Studies
and Environmental Studies Laboratory (lab optional)
Sustainability and the Environment
Natural Disasters: Our Hazardous Environment (no lab)
Introductory Geoscience I: Physical Geology
and Introductory Geoscience I: Physical Geology Lab
Introductory Geo-sciences II: Historical Geology
and Introductory Geo-sciences II: Historical Geology Lab
The Fossil Record (lab included)
Introductory Physics I
and Introductory Physics I Lab
Introductory Physics II
and Introductory Physics II Lab
Physics of Color and Sound
and Physics of Color and Sound Lab (lab optional)
Principles of Physics I
and Principles of Physics I Lab
Principles of Physics II
and Principles of Physics II Lab
D2: Select one of the following or a science course from above:3-4
Introduction to Computing Principles and Technology
Computer Science I
Introduction to the Geographic Information Systems
Applied Calculus
Calculus with Analytic Geometry II
Computer-Assisted Problem Solving
Introduction to Discrete Mathematics
Formal Logic
Elementary Statistics
Area D Total10-11
Area E Social Sciences
HIST 2111U. S. History to 18653
or HIST 2112 U. S. History since 1865
POLS 1101American Government3
Select one of the following behavioral science courses:3
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Moral Philosophy
Introduction to General Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Select one of the following world culture courses:3
Cultural Anthropology
Discovering Archaeology
Ancient World Civilizations
Language and Culture
World Regional Geography
World History to 1500
World History since 1500
Introduction to International Studies and Cross-Cultural Learning
Understanding Non-Western Cultures
Area E Total12
Area F Program Requirements
CRJU 1105Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CRJU 4165Community Relations3
CRJU 4169Technical Writing in Criminal Justice3
CRJU 4175Interpersonal Communication Skills for Criminal Justice3
CRJU 4698Criminal Justice Internship6
Area F Total18
Total Credit Hours60

Note: Students must complete Area B and Area D with a combined total of 15 credit hours within the following ranges. Any additional hours may be applied to Area F or beyond, depending on the program of study. Students should consult their advisors.

  • Area B1, 3 hours;
  • Area B2, 1-2 hours; 
  • Area D1, 7-8 hours;
  • Area D2, 3-4 hours. 

ITDS 1145 Comparative Arts, though listed under both humanities and fine arts, may be taken only once.


Program Map

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredit Hours
ENGL 1101 English Composition I (minimum grade of C) 3
AREA D1Lab Science (see list in catalog) 4
POLS 1101 American Government 3
CRJU 1105 Introduction to Criminal Justice (minimum grade of C) 3
Area B2 ITDS 1779 (2), LEAD 1705 (2), PERS 1506 (1; may be repeated with different topic), PERS 1507 (2) 1 2
 Credit Hours15
ENGL 1102 English Composition II (minimum grade of C) 3
CRJU 4169 Technical Writing in Criminal Justice 3
Area B1COMM 1110 Public Speaking or foreign language 1001, 1002, 2001, 2002 3
MATH 1001 Quantitative Skills and Reasoning (or higher level math) 2 3
CRJU 4165 Community Relations (minimum grade of C) 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Year
HIST 2111
U. S. History to 1865
or U. S. History since 1865
CRJU 4175 Interpersonal Communication Skills for Criminal Justice (minimum grade of C) 3
AREA D2Tech/Math/Science course (see list in catalog) 3
AREA CHumanities (see list in catalog) 3
Area EWorld Culture (see list in catalog) 3
 Credit Hours15
CRJU 4698 Criminal Justice Internship (minimum grade of C) 6
Area CFine Arts (see list in catalog) 3
AREA D1Non-lab science (see list in catalog) 3
AREA EBehavioral Science (see list in catalog) 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours60

B2: Select 2 hours from the following courses:

ITDS 1779 Scholarship Across the Disciplines (2 cr)

LEAD 1705 Introduction to Servant Leadership (2 cr)

PERS 1506 Perspectives (1 cr; may be repeated with a different topic)

PERS 1507 Perspectives (2 cr)


Recommended: STAT 1401 Elementary Statistics.

Additional Notes

This program map illustrates appropriate coursework for completing a degree within two years, provided that course grades allow for earned credit. Please consult with your advisor to determine when courses can be switched out with others and taken in a different semester or sequence than illustrated since not all courses are taught every semester.

  •  Students must complete "Area A " (ENGL 1101 English Composition I, ENGL 1102 English Composition II, and STAT 1401 or MATH 1***) prior to reaching 30 hours and earn a "C" or higher in all three courses.
  • As of Fall 2013, all undergraduate students are required each semester to meet the 2.0 institutional GPA standard for satisfactory academic progress.

Admission Requirements

There are no program specific admission requirements.

Additional Program Requirements


Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the ability to write reports, to engage in the community, and to adhere to public safety policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrate hands on understanding of job responsibilities required for the field of public safety.
  • Demonstrate ability to make ethical decisions in a highly charged public safety environment.