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Lake Superior State University

Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement Certification: Bachelor of Science

Program Description


This emphasis provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to be employed as a law enforcement officer.  This emphasis prepares students for a career in law enforcement and possible future promotion to supervisory and adminstrative positions with local, state, and federal agencies.  This emphasis includes the necessary courses to allow students to attend the LSSU Skills Completion Academy which in combination allows students to be licensed by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES).  Students who graduate from this program and successfully complete the State licensing exam are qualified for direct placement in Michigan police agencies.  Many out of state agencies also recognize the MCOLES academy training.



Degree Requirements


General Education Requirements (27 credits)

Major Requirements (51 credits)

Statistics: Choose one of the following:

  • BUSN211 Business Statistics 3
  • CJUS345 Statistics and Design for Public Safety 4
  • MATH207 Principles of Statistical Methods 3
  • POLI211 Political Science Research and Statistics 4
  • PSYC210 Statistics 3
  • SOCY302 Statistics for Social Science 4

Support Courses (20 credits)

  • POLI110 Intro. to American Government and Politics 4
  • POLI120 Intro. to Legal Processes 3
  • PSYC101 Introduction to Psychology 4
  • PSYC259 Abnormal Psychology 3
  • SOCY214 Criminology 3
  • Approved Diversity Course 3

Electives (22 credits)

*MCOLES courses
**Repeated twice


Bachelor of Arts Degree Notes (if applicable): One year (8 credits) of a modern language other than English. If taken at LSSU, this would be: CHIN151-152, FREN151-152 or 251-252, GRMN141-142 or 241-242, NATV141-142 or 201-202, or SPAN161-162.

One-half year of two different languages will not meet this requirement.

Bachelor of Science Degree Notes (if applicable): At least eight (8) semester credits in addition to courses used for general education requirements from categories of social science, natural science, computer science or mathematics.

These bachelor of science degree requirements can be used for majors or minors, but not general education.