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Associate of Applied Science in Protective Services Technology with a major in Police Science
Four-semester (two-year) program

The curriculum in Police Science has been designed to expand the knowledge of students so they may seek employment in the various fields of law enforcement. This curriculum is applicable to both the preparatory student and the active police officer. If students wish to pursue a four-year degree, many of the courses will transfer to a four-year institution. WCC has articulation agreements with some four-year institutions where the student can enroll as a junior.

Occupational Objectives: 
  • Local, State, and Federal Law Enforcement Officers
  • Game Warden
  • Commercial and Industrial Security
  • Private Security
  • Transfer to Four Year College

Admission Requirements:

In addition to the general requirements for admission to the college, entry into the Police Science program requires the following:

  1. A personal interview with a member of the Administration of Justice Faculty.
  2. Competency in English and Math Essentials MTE 1-3 as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostic tests, or by satisfactorily completing the required MTE units or equivalent.
  3. Other factors to consider are physical condition, hearing, color vision, sight, weight, and moral character.

Program Requirements:

Approximately one-half of the curriculum will include courses in Administration of 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 law enforcement or related activities.  Students are urged to consult with their faculty advisor and the Student Services Office in planning their program and selecting electives.  Upon satisfactory completion of the four semester program, the graduate will be awarded the Associate of Applied Science Degree with a major in Police Science.

A coordinated internship is required of all students working toward the Associate Degree in Police Science unless waived by the college in lieu of approved course work, provided student is or has been employed by a criminal justice agency. The program is designed to broaden the classroom experience through assignment in public governmental criminal justice agencies for 180 hours during one semester. Students should gain first-hand knowledge and greater understanding of the network of criminal justice agencies and how they serve the community.  Students should also integrate and apply knowledge, theory, and understanding derived from foundation courses to the practical solutions to problems encountered during their internship. 

Academy Tract:

A student who meets the requirements may select the academy tract which means he/she can complete three semesters at WCC and the last semester at the New River Criminal Justice Training Academy.  The student would have to be approved for academy training during the second year of the program (Academy Approval). Training costs would be the responsibility of the student. See Program Head for details.

The following list is a suggested sequence in which students may plan their class schedules to ensure graduation in two years.

Course Sequence: 
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
First Semester
ADJ 100 Survey of Criminal Justice 3 0 3
ADJ 228 Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs 3 0 3
ENG 1371 Communication Processes I 3 0 3
HLT/PED2 Health or Physical Education 1 0 1
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1
SOC 200 Principles of Sociology 3 0 3
Elective   3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 17 0 17
Second Semester
ADJ 107 Survey of Criminology 3 0 3
ADJ 111
Law Enforcement Organization and Administration I 3 0 3
CST 110 Intro. to Communication 3 0 3
MTH 120 Introduction to Mathematics 3 0 3
Elective3 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 0 3
Elective4 Soc./Behavioral Science 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 18 0 18
Third Semester
ADJ 105 The Juvenile  Justice System 3 0 3
ADJ 211 Criminal Law, Evidence, Procedures I 3 0 3
ADJ 227 Constitutional Law for Justice Personnel 3 0 3
ADJ 236 Principles of Criminal Investigation 3 0 3
PSY 250 Law Enforcement Psychology 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 15 0 15
Fourth Semester
ADJ 171 Forensic Science I 3 3 4
ADJ 212 Criminal Law, Evidence, Procedures II 3 0 3
ADJ 290 Coordinated Intership 0 12 4
ITE 115 Introduction of Computer Applications & Concepts 3 3 4
Elective4 Soc./Behavioral Science 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 12 15 17
Total Minimum Credits Required for this Curriculum 67

1Students who desire transferable credits must take ENG 111 and CST 110 in place of ENG 137.
2HLT 143 does not meet HLT/PED degree requirement, but ADJ 138 will.
3Courses may be chosen from the Transfer Humanities Electives.
4Courses may be chosen from the Social Science General Electives.

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