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Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Police Science
Major: 3107
First Term: 2005 Fall    Final Term: Current
Award: AAS
Total Credits: 64
CIPS Code: 43.0107
Initiating College: Mesa Community College
Program Availability: Shared by: MC, SC
Occupational Area: Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security
Instructional Council: Administration of Justice Studies (01)
GPA: 2.00

Detailed Program Information

Description: The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Police Science prepares students to enter a career in law enforcement. The program emphasizes laws, the criminal justice system, investigations, patrol, and other functions specific to law enforcement. The curriculum combines coursework in police science with General Education components.

Program Notes:
+ indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites.
Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses within the program.

Required Courses
 Credits: 24
 AJS101Introduction to Criminal Justice3
 AJS109Substantive Criminal Law3
 AJS151Firearms I1
+AJS153Firearms II/Handguns1
 AJS205Criminal Justice Report Writing3
 AJS230The Police Function3
 AJS260Procedural Criminal Law3
 AJS270Community Relations3
 AJS275Criminal Investigation I3
 AJS290BUFamily Violence1
Restricted Electives
 Credits: 15-18
 AJS+++++Any Administration of Justice Studies course OR 
 JUD+++++Any Judicial Studies course15-18
General Education Requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 25
General Education CoreCredits: 15
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
 ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR 
 ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND 
 ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR 
 ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
 COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR 
 COM225Public Speaking (3) OR 
 COM230Small Group Communication (3)3
Critical ReadingCredits: 3
 CRE101College Critical Reading (3) OR 
  Equivalent as indicated by assessment.3
MathematicsCredits: 3
 MAT102Mathematical Concepts/Applications or Satisfactory completion of Higher level mathematics course.3
General Education DistributionCredits: 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
 AJS123Ethics and the Administration of Justice.3
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
 AJS/EMT/FSC/SWU258Victimology and Crisis Management.3
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
 Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences area4

Program Competencies
1.Identify and describe the major components of the criminal justice process. (AJS101)
2.Describe governmental structure and its relationship to the criminal justice system. (AJS101)
3.Trace the historical development of common and statutory law. (AJS109)
4.Demonstrate the safe use of firearms. (AJS151)
5.Describe legal issues, safety factors, storing methods and components of handguns; and demonstrate proficiency. (AJS153)
6.Analyze, write, and revise common types of criminal justice reports. (AJS205)
7.Describe the interrelationships and missions of the federal, state, and local law enforcement systems, (AJS230)
8.Describe the criminal procedure for arrest, search, and seizure. (AJS260)
9.Trace the development of police/community programs. (AJS270)
10.Identify and describe the goals and objectives of criminal investigation. (AJS275)
11.Identify and define relevant concepts for selected topic area. (AJS290BU)