Police Science

Degree Type: 

Associate of Applied Science Degree
Police Science Associate of Applied Science

Minimum Total Credit Hours to Complete: 


  • CTE
    CTE (Career & technical education programs for job training)

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Police Science at Piedmont Virginia Community College prepares you for an entry-level job and career in law enforcement and related occupations, or may be useful for the experienced law enforcement officer. 

Jobs this program prepares you for: 

  • Corrections Officer
  • Government Support
  • Police Patrol Officer
  • Private Investigator
  • Security Officer
  • Sheriff's Patrol Officer
  • Transit & Railroad Police

Required Courses: 

Linked classes are classes that are currently available in the class search.
SDV 101 First Year Success
ADJ 131 Legal Evidence I / 3 Credit Hours
ADJ 201 Criminology I / 3 Credit Hours
ITE 119 Information Literacy / 3 Credit Hours
PLS 211 U.S. Government I / 3 Credit Hours
PLS 212 U.S. Government II / 3 Credit Hours
BUS 241 Business Law I / 3 Credit Hours
Health of Physical Ed Electives
Humanities Elective
Social Science Elective
ADJ Electives

Additional Program Information: 

Graduation Requirement

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


  • Students may substitute a higher-level math course to include MTH 152, 157, 163, 164, 173, 180, or 240
  • List of courses that fulfill the requirement for Humanities and Social Science Electives can be found in the PDF icon Police Science Degree Requirements
  • Introductory (101 or 102 level) foreign language courses will not meet the humanities elective requirement for this program.
  • A maximum of eight semester hours of ADJ 290 Internship may be taken.
  • Approved ADJ electives include ADJ 115, 116, 133, 140, 161, 227, and 232.

Printable PDF icon Police Science Degree Requirements