Undergraduate Course Catalog 2011-2012

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Total Credit Hours: 128
Major Credit Hours: 48

Since the dramatic events of September 11, 2001, progress has been made in the area of aviation security. Airports, airlines, related organizations and individual pilots and other personnel have worked with the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of Defense and other entities to enhance aviation security while preserving passenger rights and comfort. Aviation security, however, continues to be a national concern.

Lewis University is in a unique position to respond to this challenge. Two of its highly regarded and largest departments are Aviation and Transportation Studies and Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies (JLPSS). This major includes a combination of selected Aviation and JLPSS courses and designated general education courses in American government, hazardous materials, and forensic chemistry.

This program trains professionals to protect air transportation centers, passengers, and cargo.  The aviation security major focuses on understanding (1) aviation, airports and air travel well enough to know where security issues, including terrorism, are likely to arise; (2) the laws, policies, procedures and systems that impact response to security issues; and (3) best practices for insuring security and responding to security concerns in aviation.

For information that pertains to all aviation students, see Aviation Majors.  Aviation Security majors may want to consider a minor in Cyber Security Science.

I. Core Courses (48)
47-110 Introduction to Aviation Security (3)
47-130 Private Pilot Ground I (3)
47-201 Human Factors in Transportation (3)
47-204 Aviation Regulations (3)
47-321 Transportation Legislation (3)
47-353 Air Transportation (3)
47-373 Transportation Safety (3)
47-452 Airport Management (3)
47-455 Airport Security (3)
47-463 Aircraft Accident Investigation (3)
47-489 Topics in Aviation Security (3)
81-245 Fire Science Overview (3)
81-290 Private Security Investigation (3)
81-310 Security Organization and Management (3)
81-445 Criminal Procedures/Rules of Evidence (3)
47-498 Internship or Field Placement (0-3)
(Please note:  Students who chose 47-498 must sign up for three credits.)
47-450 Issues and Trends in Transportation (3)

II. General Education Courses (52)*
The following specific General Education courses are required:
03-107 Chemistry of Hazardous Materials (3)
03-122 Introduction to Forensic Chemistry (3)
03-123 Introduction to Forensic Chemistry Laboratory (1)
18-200 American National Government (3)
* The advanced writing requirement is met by successful completion of 47-321 Aviation Legislation and 47-463 Aircraft Accident Investigation. For details on the other required General Education courses, see the General Information section of this catalog.