Police Science

Police Science Associate of Applied Science

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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. 

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Program Requirements

Minimum Total Credit Hours to Complete: 


Required Courses: 

SDV 101 First Year Success
ADJ 100 Survey of Criminal Justice
ADJ 130 Introduction To Criminal Law  - 3 Credit Hours
ADJ 131 Legal Evidence I
ADJ 201 Criminology I
ADJ 229 Law Enforcement and The Community  - 3 Credit Hours
ADJ 236 Principles of Criminal Investigation  - 3 Credit Hours
ENG 111 College Composition I  - 3 Credit Hours
ENG 112 College Composition II  - 3 Credit Hours
ITE 119 Information Literacy  - 3 Credit Hours
MTH 120 Introduction to Mathematics  - 3 Credit Hours
PLS 211 U.S. Government I
PLS 212 U.S. Government II  - 3 Credit Hours
BUS 241 Business Law I  - 3 Credit Hours
PSY 200 Principles of Psychology  - 3 Credit Hours
SOC 200 Principles of Sociology  - 3 Credit Hours
Health of Physical Ed Electives
Humanities Elective
Social Science Elective
ADJ Electives

Course Sequence: 

  • 3 Credit(s)
  • 3 Credit(s)

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 2019-2020 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.

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Required Skills & Employment Outlook

Jobs this program prepares you for: 

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