Gainful Employment

Purpose: This certificate program is designed for those who want to pursue the study of subjects related to the criminal justice system and to prepare students for entry-level positions in the police science field.

Occupational Objectives: Police Officer, Deputy Sheriff, Private Security Officer, Park Police Officer, Transit Police Officer, and other law enforcement related occupations. Enhances knowledge and employability in the Police Science field.

Admission Requirements: In addition to the general requirements for admission to the College, all entering students will be required to take placement tests in math, writing, and reading to aid in placing students in the appropriate courses. Students who do not meet required placement levels must enroll in developmental studies courses.

Program Requirements: The curriculum includes courses in writing skills, social sciences, Spanish, and information technology, as well as specialized courses in police science.

Police Science Curriculum:

Degree Requirements   Credits
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
Any HLT/PED Health/Physical Education1 2
Humanities One course from ART, ENG (Literature), HUM, MUS, PHI, REL, or Foreign Language 3
ITE 1152 Computer Applications and Concepts 3
ADJ 100 Survey of Criminal Justice 3
ADJ 105 The Juvenile Justice System 3
ADJ 110 Introduction to Law Enforcement 3
ADJ 111 Law Enforcement Organization and Administration 3
ADJ 133 Ethics and the Criminal Justice Professional 3
ADJ 211 Criminal Law, Evidence, and Procedures I 3
ADJ 236 Principles of Criminal Investigation 3
Total Minimum Credits   33

Suggested Scheduling

First Year: Fall

Course Credits
ADJ 100 3
ADJ 105 3
ADJ 110 3
ENG 111 3
Health/Physical Ed 2
SDV 100 1
Total Credits 15

First Year: Spring

Course Credits
ADJ 111 3
ADJ 133 3
ADJ 211 3
ADJ 236 3
Humanities Elective 3
ITE 115 3
Total Credits 18

All courses in this program are also program requirements in the Police Science AAS degree.

1 Veterans may be awarded credit for military experience to meet this requirement.

2 Students passing an approved computer competency exam will need to take an additional 100 level course in place of ITE 115.