Redefining the Classroom


Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) Certification:

Students enrolled in the emphasis in criminalistics, law enforcement or public safety in the criminal justice baccalaureate degree may be eligible for MCOLES certification. Upon graduation and the completion of the mini-academy, these students may be eligible for employment with local law enforcement agencies in Michigan without further training.

MCOLES Mini-Academy:

Students enrolled in the MCOLES track will have to complete a seven-week mini-academy held after the end of the school year. Contained within the mini-academy are skill hours such as firearms, driving and defense tactics. Only students who are enrolled in the MCOLES track at the beginning of their senior year will be eligible for enrollment in the mini-academy.

Michigan Corrections Officer Training Council Certification:

Students enrolled in the associate’s or baccalaureate degree in corrections will also take the five courses necessary for this certification.

Canadian students may substitute CJ202 Canadian Criminal Law and CJ406 Advanced Canadian Jurisprudence for CJ319 Substantive Criminal Law and CJ409 Procedural Law. PS160 Introduction to Canadian Government may be substituted for PS110 Introduction to U.S. Government.

Michigan Fire Fighters Training Council (FFTC) Certification:

Students enrolled in the associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, or minoring in fire science may be eligible for certification as a Firefighter I and II.

Entrance Requirements:

To qualify for admission as freshmen, applicants must meet the minimum criteria of Lake Superior State University. Criminalistics and fire science students must have completed two units of algebra and at least one laboratory course, preferably chemistry, in high school. Code of Conduct: Majors in criminal justice and fire science will be required to sign a code of conduct. The code specifies certain behavior on the part of students and also states that violation of criminal laws and/or University regulations may end in the separation of the student from the criminal justice/fire science program.