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Security & Asset Protection

10-504-3 Associate Degree (AAS) 60 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Appleton

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

The need for skilled security and asset protection personnel, as well as entry-level law enforcement officers, is growing. This degree program will give you a diverse background in asset protection technology, risk management, security law, security alarm and video installation procedures and equipment, private investigations, and an introduction to the criminal justice system. You’ll also learn how to conduct a security survey and address security concerns affecting businesses, manufacturers and residential buildings. With this degree, you’ll be ready for an entry-level position in numerous important and valued career fields.


*Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.

Technical Studies (36 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Prior Learning Credit
Eligibility Options
Criminal Justice System
Distinguish the roles of courts and law enforcement agencies; identify the purpose of law enforcement in American society; describe how professionalism and ethics relate to law enforcement; understand crime in America; explain basic aspects of criminal law; gain an understanding of sentencing of offenders as it relates to prison and jails; compare adult and juvenile justice.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR completion of appropriate Program Prep course(s); Coreq: A.C.E. (94900315) for Criminal Justice and Security & Asset students only
Private Investigations, Introduction to
A study of investigations in the private and corporate sectors. Topics include investigative techniques relating to open record laws and searches, techniques of surveillance, employee screening, evidence collection, insurance fraud investigations, interviewing techniques, sources of information, and computer and other technology used in research. Applicable state statutes of attendees will be researched, and licensing requirements discussed.
Crime Prevention Principles
This course explores ways to protect personal items. In this course students will understand the different types of glazing materials, environmental design, principles of lighting, how to conduct a building survey, hold community meetings and continue to educate the public.
Communicating Professionally
Apply knowledge of the communication process, communication techniques, integrate verbal and physical intervention skills, develop strategies to obtain information in a variety of situations, differentiate between an interview and an interrogation, and analyze information for consideration as corroborative evidence.
Prereq: Criminal Justice System (10504204) or Intro to Corrections (10504201) and Criminal Justice Ethics (10504202) or active in Security & Asset Protection Studies (105043)
Basic Security Alarm Installation
Learn how security systems detect intrusion and notify authorities. Labs reinforce device operation and proper system design.
Principles of Emergency Management
Introduces the student to the principles, theories, and practices of emergency management. The philosophy of comprehensive Emergency Management will be discussed including mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. In addition, students will obtain ICS-100 and FEMA IS-700 certification.
Electronic Security Applications
Studies the applications of all forms of electronic equipment used in the security profession. Areas of concentration include interior and exterior intrusion sensors, video, access control, contamination sensors, personnel screening devices, voice and data communications, and the integration of such equipment.
Prereq: Enrolled in any Criminal Justice-related ITS degree OR Security & Asset Protection degree OR Coreq: Crime Prevention Principles 10504203 or not pursuing a degree
Industrial Security
Provides an examination of security requirements and responsibilities of the security professional for the private sector employer/manufacturer. An in-depth study of employee access control, employee theft, staffing, risk management, internal and external controls, fire control systems, asset protection and work place violence are just a few areas that will be examined.
Prereq: Crime Prevention Principles 10504203 or not pursuing a degree
Employment Strategies
Designed for students seeking employment in such public or private emergency services as law enforcement, firefighting, security and emergency medical services. This course requires practical application of classroom information pertaining to employment applications and interviews as well as physical fitness.
Prereq: Criminal Justice System 10504204 OR Intro to Corrections 10504201 AND Criminal Justice Ethics 10504202 OR not pursuing a degree
Advanced Security Alarm Installation
Design a stand-alone intrusion detection system and learn how to integrate CCTV and access control into an overall secure site plan.
Prereq: Basic Alarm Installation (10504145)
Business, Introduction to
Provides an overview of the variety of activities in the world of business. It focuses on the responsibilities connected with operating a business from both organizational and managerial viewpoints. It also examines the role of government in business.
Security Law
Examines the legal principles applicable to the security field. Included are the legal topics of negligence, intentional torts, agency and business liability for 3rd party acts. In addition, the student will learn about probable cause, arrest, search and seizure, and interrogation from a private security perspective.

General Studies (21 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Prior Learning Credit
Eligibility Options
English Composition 1
Designed for learners to develop knowledge and skills in all aspects of the writing process. Planning, organizing, writing, editing and revising are applied through a variety of activities. Students will analyze audience and purpose, use elements of research and format documents using standard guidelines. Individuals will develop critical reading skills through analysis of various written documents.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/English) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR not pursuing a degree.
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
Focuses on developing various communication skills including speaking and listening. Students practice intrapersonal/interpersonal and nonverbal communication skills through oral presentations, group activities and written projects.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.
College Mathematics
Designed to review and develop fundamental concepts of mathematics in the areas of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, measurement and data. Special emphasis is placed on problem solving, critical thinking and logical reasoning, making connections, and using calculators.
Prereq: ACCPL Arithmetic >= 65 OR ACT Math >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not enrolled in a program.
Think Critically & Creatively
Provides instruction in the vital, realistic and practical methods of thinking which are in high demand in all occupations of substance today. Decision making, problem solving, detailed analysis of ideas, troubleshooting, argumentation, persuasion, creativity, setting goals and objectives, and more are considered in-depth as the student applies specific thinking strategies and tools to situations in a wide variety of workplace, personal, academic and cultural situations.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.
Psychology of Human Relations
Explores the relationship between the general principles of psychology and people's everyday lives. Students seek a deepened sense of awareness of themselves and others, and to improve their relationships at work, in the family and in society.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.
Abnormal Psychology
Focuses on a broad description of psychological disorders such as psychosis, neurosis and personality problems. It is geared toward an understanding of the deeper level forces and adjustment problems that create mental and emotional stress. Students prepare to recognize and deal with persons with mental dysfunctions.
Prereq: Introduction to Psychology (10809198) or Psychology of Human Relations (10809199) or instructor consent
Intro to Sociology
Focuses on the basic concepts of the intercultural discipline of sociology. Emphasis is placed on culture, socialization and social stratification. The course also looks at five institutions: family, politics, economics, religion and education. Additional topics include demography, deviance, technology, environmental social issues, and social change and organization.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.

Suggested Electives (3 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Prior Learning Credit
Eligibility Options
Community Crime Prevention
Instructs subject areas that are frequently requested by neighborhood watch, service club and related community groups. Topics include consumer fraud, identity theft, sexual assault prevention, Internet safety, auto theft and travel safety.
CPTED Applications
Examines the built environment in the study of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). Students will learn how the physical design of buildings, parking lots, entry ways, streets and even subdivisions can affect the level of crime in the surrounding area. Students will examine their own environment for examples of CPTED, apply it to the proper principles, and identify corrective measures.
Physical Security Applications
Studies the applications of all forms of physical security equipment used in the security profession. Areas of concentration include security lighting, barriers, security design, locks, entry control, cargo security, guard forces and the integration of these forms.
Uses a practical approach to training people in the basics of supervision and management. This course emphasizes the application of theory and covers management functions, the skills needed to perform those functions, the history of management, contemporary management trends, ethics, communication and total quality management.

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