Career and Technical Studies


Associate of Applied Science in Protective Services Technology 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

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.

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.

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 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, but ADJ 138 will.

Health or Physical Education 1 0 1
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1
SOC 200 Principles of Sociology 3 0 3
Elective Elective 3 0 3
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 111 Law Enforcement Organization & Administration I 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, and REL 230.

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 0 3

Recommend: PSY 120 ,  PLS 211 ,or  PSY 200 

Social/Behavioral Science 3 0 3
MTH 130 Fundamentals of Reasoning 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 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

Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
ADJ 171 Forensic Science I 3 3 4
ADJ 212 Criminal Law, Evidence and Procedures II 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

Courses may be chosen from the Social Science General Electives.

Social/Behavioral Science 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 12 15 17


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