Catalog: PVCC 2022-2023 College Catalog

Police Science (AAS)

Associate of Applied Science Degree
Code: 464
Not designed as a Transfer Program


Purpose: The curriculum has two primary purposes: (1) to prepare the student for career services in law enforcement and related occupations, and (2) to provide the first two years of an academic foundation for transfer into a four-year liberal arts program or professional degree program in the discipline. This curriculum is applicable to both the preparatory student and the experienced officer.

Occupational Objectives: Career development for individuals seeking positions such as commercial and industrial security officer; local, state, or federal law enforcement officer; police officer; private or government investigator; or corrections officer. Students should note that the following qualifications are prerequisites for employment with many law enforcement agencies: (1) excellent physical condition, free from any physical or mental conditions which might adversely affect acceptance or performance as a law enforcement officer; (2) normal hearing, color vision, and eye function; (3) weight in proportion to height; (4) excellent moral character: no convictions of any crime involving moral turpitude or any felony, and no excessive number of traffic citations. A background investigation is usually conducted by the employing agency prior to employment.

Graduation Requirements: Students entering the Police Science associate degree program are required to take one Writing Intensive Course (WIC) in order to graduate. The WIC for this program is ADJ 236 which has a prerequisite of ENG 111 and ENG 112. Students who are awarded transfer credit for this course from another institution may fulfill the WIC requirement for this degree program by completing another WIC.

Students in all degree programs are required to take at least one Civic Engagement (CE) course to graduate.

Required Courses

Course NameCreditsTerm TakenGrade
SDV 100 - College Success Skills Credits: 1
ADJ 100 - Survey of Criminal Justice Credits: 3
ADJ 130 - Introduction to Criminal Law Credits: 3
ADJ 131 - Legal Evidence Credits: 3
ADJ 201 - Criminology Credits: 3
ADJ 229 - Community Policing in Modern Society Credits: 3
ADJ 236 - Principles of Criminal Investigation Credits: 3
ADJ 110 - Introduction to Law Enforcement Credits: 3
ADJ 290 - Internship in Administration of Justice or ADJ ___ - ADJ Elective  Credits: 3
ADJ 133 - Ethics and the Criminal Justice Professional Credits: 3
ADJ ___ - ADJ Elective Credits: 3
ENG 111 - College Composition I Credits: 3
ENG 112 - College Composition II Credits: 3
ITE 120 - Principles of Information Systems Credits: 3
MTH 154 - Quantitative Reasoning Credits: 3
PLS 135 - U.S. Government and Politics Credits: 3
BUS 241 - Business Law I or ADJ ___ - ADJ Elective  Credits: 3
PSY 200 - Principles of Psychology Credits: 3
SOC 200 - Introduction to Sociology Credits: 3
___ ___ - Humanities Elective Credits: 3
___ ___ - Social Science Elective Credits: 3

Total minimum credits: 61

Students may substitute a higher-level math course for MTH 154.  

A list of courses that fulfills the requirements for Humanities and Social Science Electives can be found on the Transfer Course Electives page. Introductory 101 or 102 level foreign language courses will not meet the humanities elective requirement for this program.

Approved ADJ electives are: ADJ 115 ADJ 116 ADJ 140 ADJ 161 ADJ 170 ADJ 227 ADJ 232 ADJ 233 ADJ 240