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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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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Mathematics

Mathematics is both a science and an art. In our ever-changing world, mathematics is a constant at the root of analytical thinking. As the foundation for studies in science, technology, economics, and other disciplines, the demand for graduates with strong mathematical backgrounds is increasing. Whether to better grasp basic applications in our society, to come to understand the beauty and utility of mathematics in our natural world, to recognize its connections to the humanities, or to apply its intricate relationships in advanced technical fields, the study of mathematics develops one’s ability to think critically, reason logically and quantitatively, and appreciate the interconnectedness of the disciplines pragmatically. 
 
The specific objectives of this program are that the graduate will be able to demonstrate:
 
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and problem solving skills
  • Communicate mathematics effectively, applying its unique language and symbolic system
  • Identify and apply mathematical theorems
  • Write clear and logical discussions, supporting one’s point of view.
  • Formulate and evaluate possible solutions to problems, and select and defend the chosen solutions with mathematical proofs or by scientific method as appropriate
  • Translate quantifiable problems into mathematical terms and solve these mathematical models
  • Interpret charts & graphs, and draw appropriate conclusions
  • Demonstrate an awareness of mathematical principles and applications in an ever-changing society
  • Demonstrate comprehension of mathematical concepts and algorithms through applications, making real-world connections in order to keep pace with contemporary progress in a variety of fields
  • Use technology in analyzing and solving mathematical problems
  • Solve mathematical problems independently and cooperatively as part of a team
  • Comprehend and evaluate resources
  • Demonstrate comprehension of mathematical concepts through the ability to teach them effectively to others
  • Discuss the fact that all the disciplines have been affected by mathematical developments
  • Demonstrate knowledge of important historical figures across cultures who have contributed to the development of mathematics
  • Recognize the need for continuing efforts to assure the study and applications of mathematics in our society

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Mathematics Major – Education Option

The nation’s growing need for scientists, engineers, and other technically skilled workers, has led to a shortfall in our national scientific and technical capabilities because U.S. colleges are not graduating enough scientific talent. Weaknesses in the K-12
education system contribute to challenges students face. In NJ, the shortage of qualified mathematics and science teachers is severe.

This option will provide a solid subject matter foundation and appreciation for mathematics for students planning to teach in order to assure quality in mathematics education. Union County College graduates will have the opportunity to matriculate at four-year colleges, pursuing a baccalaureate degree in Mathematics Education.

This program 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 critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and problem solving skills;
  • Communicate mathematics effectively, applying its unique language and symbolic system;
  • Apply mathematical theorems to solve classical problems and real-world applications;
  • Formulate and evaluate possible solutions to problems, and select and defend the chosen solutions with mathematical proofs or by the scientific method as appropriate;
  • Translate quantifiable problems into mathematical terms and solve these problems using mathematical or statistical operations;
  • Construct graphs and charts, interpret them, and draw appropriate conclusions;
  • Use technology in analyzing and solving mathematical problems;
  • Address an information need by locating, evaluating, and effectively using information.

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Nuclear Medicine Technology

By virtue of an agreement between Union County College and the Muhlenberg Harold B. and Dorothy A. 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, chemistry, social sciences and humanities electives in classes and laboratories conducted at Union County College. Nuclear Medicine Technology courses are the primary responsibility of the program. Students must apply to Muhlenberg for admission to the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program by April 15 for the fall semester. At least half of the required science courses and English 101 must have been completed at the time of application. All prerequisite courses must be completed by December 31 to be considered for entry into the professional courses of the program.
 
Admission into the program is competitive.
 
The Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners accredits Muhlenberg Harold B. and Dorothy A. Snyder School of Nuclear Medicine Technology. Sponsored by JFK Medical Center, Edison, NJ.
 
Students are enrolled in the School of Nuclear Medicine Technology 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 School of Nuclear Medicine Technology at (908) 668-2844 or (908) 668-2400 for additional information. 
 
Graduates of the School of Nuclear Medicine Technology will be able to:
 
  • provide patient care as required in the nuclear medicine department;
  • perform diagnostic nuclear medicine studies, including patient preparation, instrument preparation, patient positioning, study acquisition and computer processing;
  • assist with therapeutic nuclear medicine procedures;
  • utilize good communications skills, problem solving skills, and conflict management techniques;
  • prepare and administer radiopharmaceuticals, and non-radioactive pharmaceuticals as allowed by law;
  • engage in good radiation safety practices;
  • perform quality control procedures on nuclear medicine equipment;
  • perform administrative duties as required of nuclear medicine technologists;
  • practice the principles of medical ethics and adhere to the regulations and laws governing the practice of nuclear medicine technology;
  • evaluate current issues in health care;
  • evaluate scientific research for validity and applicability as it relates to the practice of nuclear medicine. 
Leading to a Diploma in Nuclear Medicine Technology from Muhlenberg Harold B. and Dorothy A. Snyder Schools and an Associate in Science Degree from Union County College.
 
Prior to beginning the Professional Nuclear Medicine Courses general education credits must be successfully completed. You can transfer a maximum of 22 credits from outside colleges without a previous B.S. Degree – If you are considering a B.S. degree after our program, please choose the proper science courses.

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