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Police Science - Associate in Art

Program Code - CIP Code: POLI.AA/43.0107
Credits Required: 65
Academic Division: Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Services

The emphasis in the police science, associate in arts transfer degree curriculum, is to integrate the theory of criminal justice and all of its components:  corrections, policing, the application of the criminal law, etc., into understandable concepts that the student can utilize in their pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. Students are educated in the various theories of the not only the police profession, but the entire criminal justice profession as defined by general educational theories and principles, procedures, and the expertise of the faculty. In this way, they are exposed to many theories and practical techniques in the form of academic learning and practical application scenarios, designed to enhance their understanding of all entities within the criminal justice system, be that corrections, policing, probation/parole, victim assistance, or the criminal law, for transfer of this degree to a bachelor’s level degree program.   

Any deviation from the program must be approved by the Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Services.

Requirements for admission to the program:                                 

  • No requirements for admission to the program.
  • Contact program for program-specific advising.

College Requirement


Credit Hours

BLUE 0101

Freshman Seminar


General Education Requirements

Course Credit Hours
ENGL 0101 Composition I* 3
ENGL 0102 Composition II*  3
SPCH 0151 OR
SPCH 0201
Public Speaking OR
Interpersonal Communication
MATH 0105 College Algebra** or higher 3
HIST 0105 United States Since 1877 3
PHIL Elective (Logic recommended) 3
  Humanities Elective 3
SOSC 0107 OR
SOSC 0134
Sociology OR
PSYC 0101 Psychology 3
CHEM 0101 Introduction to Forensic Science 5
LANG Elective 5
  Total Hours for General Education Requirements 37
*See course syllabus for prerequisite. **Math sequence is contingent upon previous high school mathematics background and transfer institution.  Students should confer with an advisor to determine correct placement.

Police Science Requirements

Course Credit Hours
CRJS 0101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRJS 0112 Agency Administration (Police) 3
CRJS 0116 Juvenile Delinquency and Justice 3
CRJS 0117 Professional Responsibility in Criminal Justice (Ethics) 3
CRJS 0201 Criminal Investigation 3
CRJS 0203 Criminal Law 3
CRJS 0204 Criminal Procedure 3
CRJS 0207 Understanding Terrorism & Homeland Security 3
CRJS 0206 OR
CRJS 0221
Criminal Justice Interview and Report Writing OR
Criminal Justice Practicum
  Total Hours for Police Science Requirements 27
*See course syllabi for Police Science course prerequisites.

Total Hours

Total Hours for an Associate in Arts in Police Science Degree 65
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