Police Science

This degree prepares you for entry-level employment in law enforcement and related occupations.

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Area of Interest

PVCC Academic Division

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Credit Hours

63

Required Courses

  • SDV 100: Orientation - 1 credits
  • ADJ 100: Survey of Criminal Justice - 3 credits
  • ADJ 130: Introduction to Criminal Law - 3 credits
  • ADJ 131: Legal Evidence - 3 credits
  • ADJ 201: Criminology - 3 credits
  • ADJ 229: Law Enforcement and the Community - 3 credits
  • ADJ 236: Principles of Criminal Investigation - 3 credits
  • ADJ 290: Internship or ADJ ___: ADJ Elective - 3 credits
  • ADJ 290: Internship or ADJ ___: ADJ Elective - 3 credits
  • ADJ ___: ADJ Elective - 3 credits
  • ENG 111: College Composition I - 3 credits
  • ENG 112: College Composition II - 3 credits
  • ITE 119: Information Literacy - 3 credits
  • MTH 120: Introduction to Mathematics - 3 credits
  • PLS 211: U.S. Government I - 3 credits
  • PLS 212: U.S. Government II - 3 credits
  • BUS 241: Business Law or Elective - 3 credits
  • PSY 200: Principles of Psychology - 3 credits
  • SOC 200: Principles of Sociology - 3 credits
  • HLT/PED: Health or Physical Ed Elective - 1 credits
  • HLT/PED: Health or Physical ED Elective - 1 credits
  • ___ ___: Humanities Elective - 3 credits
  • ___ ___: Humanities Elective - 3 credits

Admissions Requirements

There are no additional admission requirements for this program.

Program Information

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 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 program by completing another Writing Intensive Course (WIC).

Electives

  • Students may substitute a higher-level math course to include MTH 161, 162, 167, 180, 245, 261, 263, 264, 265, 266, 267, 286.
  • 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.
  • ADJ 236 is a writing intensive course.