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Interdisciplinary Studies of Clandestine Labs

Clandestine laboratories that produce illegal substances such as methamphetamines and crack cocaine are a major threat to community safety, public health, and the environment. Law enforcement professionals, emergency first responders, social workers, environmental specialists, educators, and other public officials urgently need training and education in this subject. This interdisciplinary program instructs students in the recognition and identification of clandestine labs, situation assessment, crime scene management, victim assessment and trauma management, hazardous material handling, and environmental remediation. This program offers an associate of science degree and an academic minor, which are valuable for students majoring in several fields such as Justice Studies, Forensic Science, Environmental and Occupational Management, Social Work, and Political Science.

Mission: To protect community safety, public health, and the environment from the effects of clandestine labs through the education and training of competent entry-level professionals.

Goals: (1) To prepare students to enter the work force with the knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with the policies and procedures concerning clandestine labs; (2) To prepare students for continuing education and further professional and personal development.

Degree Awarded: A.S.

Requirements for the A.S. concentration: ENM 101, 301, and 450; JUS 397; SWK 231, ENM/LAW 250; ENM/JUS/SWK 260; and 6 additional hours from ENM, JUS, LAW, PSC or SWK; MAT 105 or higher; and a minimum of 9 s.h. in the sciences, either SCI 141, 142 and 143, a minimum of 9 s.h. of Chemistry, a minimum of 9 s.h. of Biology, or a minimum of 9 s.h. of science classes as described in the core requirements for the Bachelor of Science. .

Requirements for the minor: ENM 101, 301, and 450; JUS 397; SWK 231; ENM/LAW 250; and ENM/JUS/SWK 260.


Basic systems approach to define domestic and global environmental issues, US policy concerning occupational health, safety and environmental safe guarding, Legal Law and regulations, focus on worker protection and hazards, explain overlap of occupational health and environmental protection, types and causes of environmental degradation with environmental regulations, basic environmental control, and basics of natural resource conservancy. Along with career availability in industry, government, mining, agriculture, public health, educational and research organizations, explanation of occupational health, occupational safety and environmental protection as it relates to industry. This course is offered every semester.

Use of Code of Federal Register (CFR), US environmental laws and regulations including:

CERCLA: Comprehensive Environmental Response & Compensation Liability Act (Superfund)
EPCRA (SARA Title III): Emergency Planning Community Right To Know Act
NEPA: National Environmental Policy Act
OSHA: Occupational Safety and Health Administration: 29 CFR 1910
RCRA: Resource Conservation Recovery Act (Cradle to Grave)
SARA: Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act
TSCA: Toxic Substances Control Act
CWA: Clean Water Act
SDWA: Safe Drinking Water Act
CAA: Clean Air Act

Primary function: Development of practical approaches to meet compliance and liability requirements of applicable laws and regulations. Secondary functions: Sources and regulations of air and drinking water pollution, wastewater treatment and discharge, remediation programs, and reporting of release of pollutants into the environment. Cross listed as LAW 250. This course is offered in the fall semester, even numbered years.

This course offers an introduction to, and examination of illegal drug production laboratories. Clandestine drug operations generate a wide variety of law enforcement, social, societal, socioeconomic, and environmental problems. This course is designed to examine these problems. The course is comprised of three modules: Module 1 covers law enforcement issues; Module 2 covers societal issues; and Module 3 covers environmental and economic issues. Cross-listed as SWK 260 and JUS 260. Offered every spring semester.

Application of principles of chemistry to examine and understand the fate of hazardous substances after release into the environment, cross-media transfer, sampling techniques, environmental assessment and environmental technologies available for clean-up and assessment. Includes three semester hours of lecture and one three-hour lab per week. This course is offered every spring semester.

This course is an in depth study of clandestine labs, along with specific case studies of actual labs and their adverse effects. Students will learn and explore real world solutions to problems associated with labs. Students will be engaged in active advanced learning and research in their specific discipline (i.e. SWK majors will research an aspect of clandestine labs associated with SWK, other majors will have specific topics in their field of study). Students will be involved in actively identifying labs, by entering and interacting with virtual reality simulations of clandestine labs. This course is designed as a capstone course in the field of study. This is course is offered every fall semester.

A course designed for specialized forensic training for students interested in the forensic science concentration and justice studies major. The student will conduct hands-on training in a laboratory setting with state-of-the-art alternate light sources, imaging devices, fingerprint developing techniques, and other forensic science devices and instruments. The student will be provided an overview of impression evidence, evidence collection, and crime scene processing. An off-campus trip to the State Bureau of Investigation Laboratory will be planned during the semester. This course will be offered every spring semester and summer as needed.

Introduction to social problems and social service systems designed to impact upon those problems. Introduction to social work as a profession, its ethics, values, knowledge base, skills base, history and fields of practice. This course is a prerequisite to all other social work courses except SWK 315 and SWK 332. This course is offered every semester.