Career and Technical Studies


Associate of Applied Science in Protective Services Technology in Corrections Science


Four-semester (two-year) program


The associate degree program will produce correctional staff personnel who possess both a knowledge of the operational aspects of the corrections field and an understanding of the methods used to manage, treat, and counsel inmates

Occupational Objectives: 

Local, State and Federal Corrections Officers, Community Corrections 

Admission Requirements: In addition to the general requirements for admission to the college, entry into the Corrections 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 the practical applications needed for future success in corrections 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 Corrections Science.

A coordinated internship is required of all students working toward the Associate Degree in Corrections 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 of 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.

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

First Year

First Semester

Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
ADJ 100 Survey of Criminal Justice 3 0 3
ADJ 146 Adult Correctional Institutions 3 0 3
ADJ 228 Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs 3 0 3
ENG 1371

Students who desire transferable credits must take ENG 111 and CST 110 in place of ENG 137.

Communication Processes I 3 0 3

HLT 143 does not meet HLT/PED degree requirement.

Health or Physical Education 1 0 1
SOC 200 Principles of Sociology 3 0 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 17 0 17

Second Semester

Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
ADJ 107 Survey of Criminology 3 0 3
ADJ 145 Corrections and the Community 3 0 3
MTH 130 Fundamentals of Reasoning 3 0 3
CST 110 Introduction to Communication 3 0 3

Humanities Electives:  ART 101, CST 151, ENG 241, ENG 242, HUM 100, MUS 121, PHI 101, REL 200, REL 210 

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 0 3

Social Science Electives:  ECO 202, GEO 210, GEO 220, HIS 121, HIS 122, PLS 211, PLS 212, PSY 200, PHI 101, PSY 215, SOC 200, SOC 215.

Soc./Behavioral Science 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 18 0 18
Second Year

Third Semester

Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
ADJ 105 The Juvenile Justice System 3 0 3
ADJ 211 Criminal Law, Evidence and Procedures I 3 0 3
ADJ 245 Management of Correctional Facilities 3 0 3
PSY 250 Law Enforcement Psychology 3 0 3
Elective Elective 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 15 0 15

Fourth Semester

Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
ADJ 212 Criminal Law, Evidence and Procedures II 3 0 3
ADJ 241 Correctional Law I 3 0 3
ADJ 290 Coordinated Internship in Administration of Justice 0 12 4
ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts 3 0 3
Elective4 Soc./Behavioral Science 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 12 12 16


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