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Purpose: The Police Science curriculum is designed to prepare students for successful entry into careers in the criminal justice field. Courses focus on the theoretical and practical considerations necessary for an understanding of modern law enforcement practices and the relationships between law enforcement, the community, and the other components of the criminal justice system. The curriculum is applicable to both preservice and in-service criminal justice practitioners.
Occupational Objectives: Bailiff • Correctional Officer and Jailer •Deputy Sheriff • Dispatcher • Emergency Communications • Local, State, and Federal Enforcement Officer • Municipal Police Officer • Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officer • Police Patrol Officer • Private and Public Security Officer • Private Security Agent • Security Guard • State Police Officer • Transit and Railroad Police
Admission Requirements: In addition to the general requirements for admission to the college, students entering the Police Science program will be expected to have a command of the fundamentals of English (ENG 03 and ENG 05) and basic mathematics. Satisfactory completion of one year of high school Algebra or equivalent is required. Students who are found deficient will be required to correct deficiencies in developmental courses.
Program Requirements: More than one half of the curriculum will include courses in criminal justice, with the remaining courses in related areas, general education, and electives. Instruction will include both the theoretical concepts and practical applications needed for future success in academic or professional endeavors. Students are urged to consult with their faculty advisor in planning their program and selecting electives. Upon satisfactory completion of the four-semester program, the graduate will be awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree in Police Science.
Special Note to Students: The completion of the requirements for an A.A.S. degree in four semesters is predicated on students’ taking between 15 and 18 semester hours of required course work per semester. Full-time students can expect to take a combination of day and evening classes.
For students with non-traditional needs, ADJ courses, core required classes and electives are available via night and distance education (DE) formats. Web-based courses are the primary DE format for ADJ course offerings. Night courses include both required and elective ADJ classes.
Non-traditional students should be able to complete almost all of the degree requirements for an A.A.S. degree in Police Science by taking night or DE courses. Students are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor for additional information.
Students should be aware that some coordinated internships may be available with local criminal justice agencies. Internships are offered on a limited basis and will be coordinated with the student’s academic advisor.
Students who plan to transfer to a four-year college after completing A.A.S. degree requirements should inform their academic advisors at the beginning of studies to determine the appropriate courses to meet transfer requirements.
For more information about this program, visit the department website.