Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice Program is designed to develop law enforcement professionals, other criminal justice personnel and others who, after completion of the two-year program, will be prepared to continue their studies in fields such as police administration, public administration, legal studies, and management. 
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
 
  • Discuss the field of criminal justice including police organization, administration and management systems.
  • Demonstrate basic forensic procedures.
  • State their ethical responsibilities for the field of criminal justice and for their role as an officer of the law.
  • Communicate effectively in writing, verbal and electronic formats with particular emphasis on police reports.
  • Apply problem solving skills to specific criminal justice situations.
  • Discuss the social and psychological characteristics of offenders.

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Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Treatment

Psychosocial rehabilitation (PSR) is a comprehensive treatment strategy for meeting the needs of people with severe mental illnesses. PSR practitioners assist people in obtaining the skills, support and resources they will need to achieve success and satisfaction in their social, vocational, educational and independent living environments. The overall goals of this field are promotion of recovery, community integration, and improved quality of life for people coping with psychiatric disabilities. There are ample career opportunities for PSR practitioners in a variety of rehabilitation programs and community mental health settings. The knowledge and skills of the PSR practitioner qualify him/her to provide supportive counseling, case management services, and vocational rehabilitation interventions. The practitioner is also prepared to facilitate skills training groups as well as psycho-education and support groups.
 
UMDNJ-SHRP’s Program
 
The UMDNJ School of Health Related Professions had the first undergraduate degree-granting program in this field in New Jersey. It is one of the few model programs of this type throughout the nation. Students in this program will complete two clinical placements at sites such as UMDNJ-UBHC, Bridgeway, Collaborative Support Programs of NJ, Project Live, and others.
 
Degree Requirements:
 
Requirements for admission to the UCC general education phase of the program are: High School graduation or equivalent diploma (GED); English as a Second Language (ESL) placement test if required and completion of ESL courses if necessary; and completion of any necessary remedial courses as determined by the New Jersey Basic Skills Test.
To qualify for admission to the professional phase of the program offered by UMDNJ, students must complete 21 credits of their UCC general education requirements (including ENG 101, ENG 102) and UPR 101. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is also required.
 
In order to successfully complete this program, the student will be required to take the following courses. BE SURE TO CONFER WITH A UCC OR UMDNJ COUNSELOR WHEN PLANNING YOUR COURSE SCHEDULE. 
General Education Requirements – 32 credits
ENG 101 English Composition I
PSY 101 General Psychology
CIS 100 Intro to Computer Applications
MAT 119 Algebra
SOC 101 Principles of Sociology
BIO 102 Human Biology
ENG 102 English Composition II
PSY 207 Social Psychology
PHI 205 Intro to Philosophy
ENG 128 Dynamics of Communication or ENG 129 Public Speaking
 
UMDNJ Requirements – 3 credits
UPR 101 Intro to Psychosocial Rehabilitation – taken prior to entering professional phase

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Amplified Program in Radiography

Muhlenberg School of Radiography  
By virtue of an agreement between Union County College and Muhlenberg Harold B. and Dorothy A. Snyder Schools, Plainfield, N.J., sponsored by JFK Medical Center, Edison, NJ. Union County College confers a degree of Associate in Science upon graduates of the Hospital-sponsored school who have fulfilled the requirements for the degree specified by the College.
 
Students in the program earn college credits in English, mathematics, biology, physics, psychology, computer systems and a humanities elective in classes and laboratories conducted at Union County College. Radiography courses are the primary responsibility of the program. 
 
The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners accredit Muhlenberg Snyder School of Radiography.
 
Students are enrolled in the School of Radiography and are matriculated by Union County College. They are eligible To participate in all student activities at Union County College and have the same rights and privileges as all other college students.
 
Students interested in the program should contact the Muhlenberg Harold B. and Dorothy A. Snyder Schools at (908) 668- 2400 or (908) 668-2844 for additional information.
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
 
  • Successfully complete the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Board Examination in Radiography
  • Exhibit the appropriate skills and competency of an entry level Radiographer including:
    • Competency in performing routine and nonroutine (trauma) examinations in Radiography
    • Practicing appropriate basic patient care
    • Utilizing proper radiation protection for their patients, themselves, peers and others
    • Demonstration of proper and effective communication skills while speaking and writing
  • Practice appropriate professional ethics of a Radiographer
  • Demonstrate appropriate problem solving and critical thinking skills necessary to be a proficient healthcare provider
  • Understand the benefits of additional personal and professional growth and lifelong learning skills necessary for the changing field of Radiography 

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Respiratory Care

The Respiratory Care program is a two-year course of study leading to the Associate in Science degree in Respiratory Care. The course work can also be done on a part-time basis. Clinical instruction and training is provided by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), School of Health Related Professions. Hours for clinical practice may vary and travel to the clinical setting is the responsibility of the student. Respiratory care therapists are employed in the treatment, management, control, evaluation, and care of patients with deficiencies and abnormalities associated with the cardiopulmonary system.
 
Also note that a minimum GPA of 2.75 is required in first-year prerequisite courses in order to continue to the Respiratory Care (second year) course work. 
 
The specific objectives of this program are that the graduate must be able to demonstrate as a new clinician:
 
  • effective communication and interpersonal skills consistent with professional and employer expectations for a Respiratory Care Therapist;
  • the ability to comprehend, evaluate, and apply information relevant to their role as Respiratory Care Therapists;
  • the psychomotor skills that are consistent with professional and employer expectations for a Respiratory Care Therapist;
  • the ability to function as a member of the Health Care Delivery team, providing patient care in a multicultural and ethnically diverse society.

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Social Services

In today’s diverse and increasingly more complex society, there is a need for individuals trained in a professional and educational curriculum which prepares students with work in a plethora of careers, including Social Services case aide, Gerontology Worker, Youth Worker, Crisis Counselor and Psychiatric Technician. The Social Services program will expose students to a multidisciplinary approach to understanding society and human behavior. Students will gain the practical and theoretical education necessary for success professionally or at a four-year college or university.
 
Upon completion of the Social Services A.S. program, students will have gained the initial education and training for future careers in various occupations within Human and Social Services. Associate in Science programs in general are primarily designed for students who plan to transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Union County College has transfer agreements with a number of colleges and universities in New Jersey and throughout the United States. Graduates of this program can obtain work as aides/assistants in daycare centers, mental health agencies, social service agencies, institutions for the physically or mentally challenged, prisons, hospitals and substance abuse agencies. Those students who later earn a bachelor’s degree and beyond may hold positions such as social service case managers, counselors, administrators or educators.
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
 
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving ability and effective communication skills
  • Discuss and analyze the history and theories of sociology and psychology.
  • Utilize appropriate non-verbal and verbal communication skills to demonstrate cultural sensitivity
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior and thinking through synthesis in coursework 
  • Demonstrate understanding of quantitative and qualitative methods used in social services agencies and sociological and psychological research
  • Demonstrate competencies through coursework and behavior that reflects entry level professional readiness.

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Diagnostic Medical Sonography

DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY
By Virtue of an agreement between Union County College and Muhlenberg Snyder Schools, Plainfield, New Jersey, Union County College confers a degree of Associate in Science upon graduates of the Hospital-Sponsored school who have fulfilled the requirements for the degree specified by Union County College. 
Students in the program earn college credits in English, mathematics, biology, physics, social sciences and humanities electives in classes and laboratories conducted at Union County College. Diagnostic Medical Sonography courses are the primary responsibility of the program. Students must apply to Muhlenberg for admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program by March 31 for the fall semester. Candidates must be high school graduates and must have had high school biology and algebra.
ADMISSION INTO THE PROGRAM IS COMPETITIVE.
 
The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) with the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS) accredits Muhlenberg Snyder Schools Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program (Program Number 110144).
Students are enrolled in the Schools of Diagnostic Medical Sonography and are matriculated by Union County College. They are eligible to participate in all student activates at Union County College and have the same rights and privileges as all other college students.
 
Students interested in the program should contact the Muhlenberg Snyder Schools at 908-668-2400 or 908-668-2844 for additional information.
Graduates of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program will be able to:
 
  • Obtain, review , and integrate pertinent patient history and supporting clinical data to facilitate optimum diagnostic results;
  • Perform appropriate procedures and record anatomic, pathologic, and/or physiologic data for interpretation by a physician;
  • Record, analyze, and process diagnostic data and other pertinent observations made during the procedure for presentation to the interpreting physician;
  • Exercise discretion and judgment in the performance of sonographic and/or other diagnostic services;
  • Demonstrate appropriate communication skills with patients and colleagues;
  • Act in a professional and ethical manner;
  • Provide patient education related to medical ultrasound and/or other diagnostic techniques, and promote principles of good health.

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Sustainability Science

The Sustainability Science Option offers the first two years of a bachelor’s degree program with a major in Sustainability Science/Studies. It is designed for students who seek a career that focuses on the principles of sustainability as applied to a specific industry or business. A four-year graduate would be qualified for such current job titles as: Business Sustainability Officer or Manager, Sustainability Auditor, Energy Consultant, Design and Materials Consultant and Green Construction Manager.

Other course substitutions may be appropriate and students are encouraged to consult with a faculty advisor regarding appropriate course selections. Because of the diversity of undergraduate Sustainability Science programs, it may be necessary for students to take one or more second year courses at their transfer institution.

The stated sequence of courses for the Sustainability Science option assumes the completion of all prerequisites for the mathematics courses or satisfactory performance on the College Level Mathematics exam. Contact the Mathematics Department for further information.

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of ecological, geological and sustainability principles and their relations to problems involving environmental quality control and sustainability issues;
  • Employ computer software applications to represent and solve technical problems;
  • Perform laboratory procedures and assess the validity of experimental/diagnostic data;
  • Employ critical thinking and problem solving skills to solve technical problems;
  • Express and interpret both technical and non-technical concepts orally, in writing, and in electronic formats;
  • Demonstrate information literacy through familiarity and the effective use of related information resources.

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Computer Science/Engineering

Option offered through the Professor Elmer Wolf Engineering Program
FOR COMPUTER ENGINEERING SEE “ENGINEERING”
The Computer Science Option offers the first two years of a computer science curriculum and prepares graduates for successful transfer to bachelor’s degree programs at leading engineering colleges throughout the country. Computer science, as an option in the Engineering program, studies theoretical and practical problems of system implementation involving both software and hardware. The program prepares the student for a career in the design and development of computer systems. Baccalaureate degree graduates understand hardware and software and can engineer computer systems for a variety of customer applications. 
 
Union County College has dual admission agreements with New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University. These allow Union County College graduates to transfer with junior status without going through a second admission process. Union County College also has formal transfer agreements with many other colleges.
 
Applicants for the Computer Science Option must present two years of algebra and one year of geometry, trigonometry, chemistry, and physics, as high school entrance credits. Students deficient in any of these subjects must take the appropriate preparatory courses. All candidates are required to take a mathematics and a physics placement test.
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
 
  • Develop computer systems for solving specific problems
  • Design computer systems for specific applications
  • Analyze problems of a technical nature and design computer based solutions
  • Evaluate the merits of alternative proposals for solving problems
  • Interpret technical concepts to a non-technical audience
  • Manage a team project both as a leader and as a member
  • Express and interpret both technical and non-technical concepts orally, in writing and in electronic formats

Engineering

Professor Elmer Wolf Engineering Program

The Engineering program offers the first two years of a bachelor’s degree program in Engineering, continuing on in the bachelors degree programs of the leading engineering colleges throughout the country. The first two years are common to most fields of engineering (e.g., civil, electrical, and mechanical), but in the second year some students may begin to specialize in a field of their choice (e.g., chemical engineering). 

Union County College has dual admissions and formal transfer agreements with New Jersey Institute of Technology, Rutgers University, and other colleges. Due to the diversity of engineering curricula in certain fields of specialization, it is sometimes necessary for graduates to take one or two additional courses before attaining junior status at the transferring college.
 
Applicants for the engineering program must present two years of algebra and one year of geometry, trigonometry, chemistry, and physics, as high school entrance credits. Students deficient in any of these subjects must take the appropriate preparatory courses. All engineering candidates are required to take a mathematics and a physics placement test; students who are not placed in MAT 171 will not take PHY 111 and will be limited to a maximum of 15 credit hours during the first semester.
 
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
  • Employ critical thinking and problem-solving skills in in the solution of technical problems;
  • Employ computer software applications in the solving and presentation of technical problems;
  • Interpret and produce engineering drawings using computer-aided drafting (CAD) skills and principles of engineering graphics;
  • Analyze problems of a technical nature and design computer based solutions;
  • Interpret and perform laboratory procedures and measurements;
  • Analyze and assess the validity of experimental data;
  • Manage a team project both as a leader and as a member
  • Express and interpret both technical and non-technical concepts orally, in writing and in electronic formats

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Liberal Studies

Exploring Science and the Arts
This program is for adults who have been away from secondary school at least four years. The A.S. degree is awarded upon satisfactory completion of no fewer than 64 credit hours of work selected from the various disciplines of the College. It allows adults great flexibility to select their own college courses according to their own interests within six broadly defined educational categories: communication; business and public policy; humanities; mathematics, science, and technology; social science; and electives. Six to twelve college credits are required in each of these areas. The program meets the State-mandated general education distribution requirements for the Associate in Science Degree.
 
Many college courses have prerequisites. These prerequisites must be met before taking more advanced courses.
 
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
 
  • Communicate effectively orally, in writing, and in electronic form.
  • Use technology and library resources for independent learning and research.
  • Compare and contrast the history and culture of the West in relation to its development in America and the world.
  • Describe the business culture of America, our political system, its history, and the American role in the world community.
  • Analyze the economic forces shaping all human societies.
  • Compare and contrast art, drama, music, literature, and the other humanities within both the American and the world setting.
  • Analyze the ethical implications of institutional policies and individual practices.
  • Discuss the findings of the natural sciences and their applications to practical problem solving.
  • Utilize college-level algebra and statistics to solve problems in the sciences and practical life.
  • Utilize the knowledge of psychology and sociology to analyze the human personality and its impact on social behavior and the learning process.

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