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Lake Superior State University

Criminal Justice-Public Safety: Bachelor of Science

Program Description

This emphasis provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to be employed as a public safety officer, which is a combination of law enforcement, fire fighter and emergency medicine.  Students in this emphasis have the option to seek a career as a public safety officer or any of the included occupations of police officer, fire fighter, fire inspector, industrial safety officer, or EMT/Paramedic.  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 (25 credits)

Major Requirements (58 credits)

  • CJUS101 Intro. to Criminal Justice 3
  • CJUS102 Police Process 3
  • CJUS197 Physical Fitness for Public Safety* 1
  • CJUS201 Firearms Training 1
  • CJUS206 Law Enforcement/Loss Control Internship 3
  • CJUS243 Investigation 3
  • CJUS313 Crisis Intervention and Deviant Behavior*** 3
  • CJUS319 Substantive Criminal Law 3
  • CJUS321 Ethical Issues in Public Safety 3
  • CJUS401 Criminal Justice Senior Seminar 3
  • FIRE401 Fire Science Senior Seminar 3
  • CJUS402 CJUS Internship 3
  • FIRE403 Fire Science Internship 3
  • CJUS409 Procedural Criminal Law** 3
  • CJUS444 Criminalistics** 4
  • FIRE101 Introduction to Fire Science 3
  • FIRE111 Hazardous Materials 3
  • FIRE204 Fire Protection Hydraulics and Pumps 3
  • FIRE206 Fire Protection Systems Equipment and Industrial Protection 3
  • FIRE211 Tactics & Strategy 3
  • FIRE315 Company Level Supervision and Management 3

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 (28 credits)

  • EMED190 Prehospital Emergency Care & Crisis Intervention I** 4
  • EMED191 Prehospital Emergency Care & Crisis Intervention II** 4
  • 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 (14 credits)

*Repeated twice
**MCOLES courses
***MCOLES students must take CJUS411 Police Operations (5) instead of CJUS313 (3).
FIRE197, FIRE219 and FIRE220 are required if firefighter certification is desired.


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.