The Associate of Applied Science in Police Science prepares individuals for careers in the criminal justice field and for advanced study in the Police Science 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:

Total Minimum Credits 66
Degree RequirementsCoursesCredits
Student DevelopmentSDV 100 or any approved SDV course1
EnglishENG 111-112 6
MathematicsAny 100 level or higher MTH course13
Health/Physical EducationAny HLT or PED course(s)22
HumanitiesAny 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 OptionsAny two ADJ courses (not listed above) or PSY 255
(if not used for PSY/SOC elective) and one ADJ course (not listed above)
Computer Applications & Concepts ITE 11533

Suggested Scheduling:

First Year Fall

ADJ 1003
ADJ 1053
ADJ 110 3
ENG 1113
SDV course1
Total Credits16

First Year Spring

ADJ 1113
ADJ 1333
ENG 1123
PLS 136 OR PLS 1353
ITE 1153
Health/Physical Education1
Total Credits16

Second Year Fall

ADJ 2433
ADJ 2113
ADJ 2013
SOC/PSY Elective3
ADJ Elective3
Humanities Elective3
Total Credits18

Second Year Spring

ADJ 2123
ADJ Elective3
ADJ 2363
BUS 236, CST 100, CST 100, or CST 1263
Health/Physical Education1
Humanities 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.