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Associate of Applied Science Degrees

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Purpose: The Associate of Applied Science in Police Science prepares individuals for careers in the criminal justice field and for advanced study in the administration of justice or related programs. Courses within this program may be of interest to individuals seeking professional and/or personal development in subjects related to the criminal justice system.

Occupational Objectives: Municipal, County, State, and Federal Law Enforcement Personnel; Private or Government Investigator; Commercial and Industrial Security Officer.

Admission Requirements: In addition to 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.


Degree RequirementsCredits

Student DevelopmentSDV 100 or any approved SDV course1

English ENG 111-1126

Mathematics Any 100 level or higher MTH course13

Health/Physical Education Any HLT or PED course(s)22

Humanities Any two courses from ART, ENG (Literature), HUM, MUS, PHI, REL, or Foreign Language 6

Social SciencesPLS 135 or 136 and any PSY or SOC course6

CommunicationBUS 236, CST 100, CST 110, or CST 1263

Program RequirementsADJ 100, 105, 110, 111, 133, 201, 211-212, 236, 24330

Elective Course OptionAny two ADJ courses (not listed above) or PSY 255 (if not used for PSY/SOC elective) and one ADJ course (not listed above)6

Computer Applications & Concept ITE 11533

Total Minimum Credits66

Suggested Scheduling

Before registering for classes, students should check the prerequisites listed with the course descriptions. Normally, a full-time student would register for courses in the following sequence:

First Year


ADJ 1003

ADJ 1053

ADJ 1103

ENG 1113


SDV course1

Total Credits16


ADJ 1113

ADJ 1333

ENG 1123

PLS 136 or PLS 1353

ITE 1153

Health/Physical Education1

Total Credits16

Second Year


ADJ 2433

ADJ 2113

ADJ 2013

SPA 1503

ADJ Elective3

Humanities Elective3

Total Credits18


ADJ 2123

ADJ Elective3

ADJ 2363

BUS 236, CST 100, CST 110, or CST 1263

Health/Physical Education1

SOC/PSY Elective3

Total Credits16

Students successfully completing requirements from the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy will be awarded credit for ADJ 110, ADJ 211, ADJ 212, ADJ 236, HLT/PE and two ADJ electives for a total of 20 credits. Students must provide appropriate documentation and credit will be awarded after students satisfactorily complete all other program requirements. Graduates of the Virginia State Police Basic Training Course and Law Enforcement Officers may receive academic credit.

1 Students considering transfer should check with anticipated four-year institution to determine appropriate MTH courses and/or sequences.
2 Veterans may be awarded credit for military experience to meet this requirement.
3 Students passing the computer competency exam will need to take an additional 100 level course in place of ITE 115.

Students graduating from this program will be required to participate in a general education outcomes assessment during their last semester.