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2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin

Program in Public Safety and Security

College of Applied Studies

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Program Coordinator: Tom Kelley; Instructional Specialist III: Banyon Pelham; Teaching Faculty II: Mark Feulner; Teaching Faculty III: Mike Zinszer

The Public Safety and Security degree integrates practical exercises, both analytic and hands-on, with theoretical principles to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required by the competencies for law enforcement, security, intelligence, and investigations. The guiding perspective of public safety is as an operational spectrum from prevention to response to investigation, underlaid with intelligence, connected by a management information system, all facilitated by an overarching management system. The core and required courses are designed to provide students with an overview of this entire spectrum and also the opportunity to focus on operating within a portion of the system.


Florida State University Panama City provides academic advising to students interested in pursuing coursework in Public Safety and Security. For more information, please contact Angie Sexton by e-mail at or by phone at (850) 770-2178.


The College of Applied Studies, Public Safety and Security, offers an Underwater Crime Scene Investigation (UCSI) Certificate that may be earned independently or as part of a master’s degree. For more information, please visit or contact Dr. Tom Kelley by e-mail at, or Mike Zinszer by e-mail at In addition, the College offers a graduate certificate in law Enforcement Intelligence. For more information, visit or contact Dr. Tom Kelley by e-mail at

Student Activities

The Scuba, Hyperbaric, and Recreational Club (SHARC) Dive Club was established to coordinate and facilitate SCUBA training due to FSU Panama City student interest in scientific and recreational diving. Membership is open to all regardless of certification status. Certified divers that are members have access to club resources such as regulators, dive lights, and buoyancy compensators. For more information, contact Jerome Fleeman by e-mail at, contact the FSU Panama City Dive Locker at (850) 770-2206, or visit the club’s Web site at

Definition of Prefixes

CCJ—Criminology and Criminal Justice

CJE—Law Enforcement

CPO—Comparative Politics

DSC—Domestic Security

ISC—Interdisciplinary Sciences

Graduate Courses

CCJ 5079. Managing Intelligence Analysis Functions (3). This course addresses the advanced functions of crime mapping, crime analysis, intelligence dissemination, oversight of the intelligence function and error rates.

CCJ 5616. Profiling Criminal Behavior (3). This course introduces the major issues, influences and trends considered in the behavioral analysis of criminal activity. Specifically students examine offender profiling as an educated attempt to identify the types of individuals that would have committed a certain crime. Behavior profiling methods are explored to identify behavioral characteristics of offenders and the evidence the offenders leave behind.

CCJ 5748. Advanced Evidentiary Reasoning for Criminal Intelligence (3). This course focuses on the production of intelligence from the analysis of multiple and diverse sources of information and on its use by formal and informal intelligence agencies. Emphasis is placed on the development of models for making decisions on information that is uncertain and from diverse sources. Techniques are examined for collecting and using both qualitative and quantitative data as it relates to the role of local public safety and security personnel and organizations as both produces and consumers of intelligence.

CJE 5225. Introduction to Forensic Entomology (3). This entry-level course provides fundamentals necessary to prepare the student in successfully completing a series of four courses leading to a graduate certificate in medicocriminal forensic entomology. Instruction covers a broad range of topics in basic entomology as related to forensic science.

CJE 5226. Forensic Entomology Field Collection Techniques (3). This course provides instruction on entomological equipment, supplies, techniques and procedures utilized to collect, rear, and preserve insects and related arthropods of medicocriminal forensic importance. Equipment and methods for acquiring weather, climatological and other relevant data are covered as well.

CJE 5227. Forensic Entomology: Case Studies and Legalities (3). Prerequisite: CJE 5225. This course delves into the legal aspects of medicocriminal entomology with the aim of preparing the student to present entomological evidence in a court of law. Information is covered on how to present evidence in an admissible manner using expert witnesses. The importance of establishing “chain of custody” and pitfalls with presenting evidence are explored through case study reviews.

CJE 5228. Forensic Entomology: Taxonomy and Post Mortem Interval (3). Prerequisite: CJE 5225. This course encompasses the identification of field-collected specimens; analyzing meteorological and crime scene temperature data; and, calculating estimates of post-mortem interval (i.e., time since death). Students also learn about using dichotomous keys, microscopy, and entomological equipment for specimen storage and presentation.

CJE 5743. Introduction to Public Safety and Leadership (3). This course introduces the major issues, influences, and trends considered in the study and practice of public safety and leadership.

CJE 5744. Strategic Planning in Public Safety and Leadership (3). This course introduces the major issues, influences, and trends considered in the study and practice of strategic planning in the area of public safety and leadership theory, research, and practice.

CJE 5745. Use of Force in Public Safety and Security (3). This course is designed to build on prior investigative courses and to give the student an in depth look at the law as it applies to the use of force, both lethal and non-lethal. Relevant court decisions that drive the investigation of use of force are examined and their applications explained.

CJE 5767. Scientific Underwater Investigation (3). Prerequisite: CJE 3761. This course builds upon the Introduction to Underwater Investigation Laboratory by providing the technology to collect data in an underwater environment according to the scientific method. The course delineates the similarities and differences of investigative techniques used in forensic science and other science disciplines that function underwater. Emphasis is placed on the validation of measurement protocols.

CJE 5767L. Scientific Underwater Investigation Laboratory (1). Prerequisite: CJE 3761L. Corequisite: CJE 5767. Building upon previous laboratory work, this course provides the tools and techniques to collect data in an underwater environment for prolonged periods of time. The underwater data collection techniques use traditional underwater technology adapted from forensic science and other scientific fields. Emphasis is placed on the verification of measurement protocols. Additional equipment fee required.

CJE 5768. Underwater Crime Scene Methodology (3). Prerequisites: CJE 5767, CJE 5766. This course synthesizes various theories for the conduct of crime with the knowledge of how physical evidence is produced during the commission of a crime on or under the water. Through this synthesis, students will learn to produce information using traditional underwater methodology that enables the investigation and prosecution of criminal activity. Special emphasis is placed on the validation and verification of underwater examination protocols.

CJE 5768L. Underwater Crime Scene Methodology Laboratory (1). Prerequisites: CJE 5767, CJE 5766. Corequisite: CJE 5768. This laboratory applies traditional underwater measurement methodology used for the examination of physical materials generated during the commission of a crime on or under the water, in order to produce information that enables the investigation and prosecution of criminal activity. Special emphasis is placed on evaluating the reliability of the underwater examination protocols. Additional equipment fee required.

CJE 5769. Underwater Crime Scene Investigation (3). Prerequisite: CJE 5768. This course combines the various analytical underwater examinations into a holistic investigation process designed to locate and detect persons and physical evidence involved in, or victims of, crimes committed in, or on, the water. Emphasis is placed on the theory of the technology and the scientific decision-making required for its optimum application and on conducting and evaluating and underwater investigative program.

CJE 5769L. Underwater Crime Scene Investigation Laboratory (1). Prerequisite: CJE 5768L. Corequisite: CJE 5769. This laboratory course empirically applies methodology based on advanced technology to enhance the location and detection of physical evidence used, or intended for use, in the commission of underwater crimes. Emphasis is placed on the use of the Incident Command System and the UCSI Process for management of an underwater crime scene investigation and on the verification of investigative protocols. Additional equipment fee required.

CPO 5429. Political Islam: Ideology or Religion (3). This course focuses on seeking to understand the emergence, evolution and possible futures of what is commonly called political Islam. Students examine the crucial interplay between local and global forces shaping Muslim politics as a lived reality in today’s world.

DSC 5595. Human Intelligence Collection (3). This course examines techniques utilized to collect intelligence from confidential sources, assets and cooperating witnesses through interviewing, interrogation and elicitation. Students are also exposed to various methods to vet Human Sources and to uncover infiltration by hostile agencies and/or criminal organizations.

ISC 5930r. Special Topics in Applied Studies (3). This course allows for special topics in Interdisciplinary Studies to be taught, focusing on Applied Methods and Theory, specific to the concept of Applied Studies and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. May be repeated to a maximum of twelve semester hours. May be repeated within the same semester.