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Police Science

Associate of Applied Science

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.


Police Science Curriculum:

Degree Requirements Credits
Student Development SDV 100 or any approved SDV course 1
English ENG 111-112 6
Mathematics Any 100 level or higher MTH course1 3
Health/Physical Education Any HLT or PED course(s) 2 2
Humanities Any two courses from ART, ENG (Literature), HUM, MUS, PHI, REL, or Foreign Language 6
Social Sciences PLS 135 or 136 and any PSY or SOC course 6
Communication BUS 236, CST 100, CST 110, or CST 126 3
Program requirements ADJ 100, 105, 110, 111, 133, 201, 211-212, 236, 243 30
Elective Course Options Any 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

& Concepts
ITE 1153 3
Total Minimum Credits   66

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: Fall

Course Credits
ADJ 100 3
ADJ 105 3
ADJ 110 3
ENG 111 3
Math 3
SDV course 1
Total Credits 16

First Year: Spring

Course Credits
ADJ 111 3
ADJ 133 3
ENG 112 3
PLS 136 or PLS 135 3
ITE 115 3
Health/Physical Education 1
Total Credits 16

Second Year: Fall

Course Credits
ADJ 243 3
ADJ 211 3
ADJ 201 3
SOC/PSY elective 3
ADJ Elective 3
Humanities Elective 3
Total Credits 18

Second Year: Spring

Course Credits
ADJ 212 3
ADJ Elective 3
ADJ 236 3
BUS 236, CST 100, CST 110,or CST 126 3
Health/Physical Education 1
Humanities Elective 3
Total Credits 16

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.