Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Emphasis

TMCC’s Associate of Applied Science in law enforcement degree is designed for students wishing to explore or enter a highly rewarding career in the criminal justice system. The AAS in law enforcement provides students with a strong foundation for careers in law enforcement, probation, investigations, corrections, and corporate security.

The Associate of Applied Science in law enforcement is designed as a practitioner oriented and possibly terminal degree. This degree is not intended as a university transfer degree for those students who wish to continue on to complete their bachelor degree. Students interested in university transfer should instead major in the Associate of Arts in criminal justice degree.

The AAS in law enforcement allows students a greater opportunity to select and customize their educational experience around their specific interests in criminal justice.

Degree Outcomes

Students completing the degree will:

  • Fulfill the requirements of the Associate of Applied Science.
  • Demonstrate competency in their specified emphasis.

Emphasis Outcomes

Students completing the emphasis will:

  • Describe the rights and protections granted under the US Constitution, particularly the Bill of Rights, to individuals involved in the criminal justice system.
  • Explain the process of conducting a professional criminal investigation, the process of an arrest and pretrial detention, criminal trial procedures, and possible sanctions after conviction.
  • Describe ethics adhered to by individuals involved in the various professions in the criminal justice system.
 

AAS degrees are non-transfer degrees that are designed for students to enter the workforce.

To earn an AAS degree, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 units within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the AAS.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
 
 
General Education Requirements
Diversity 2[3]
Communications/English 13-6
must include:
Composition II
Composition II For International Students
Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Science3
Human Relations3
Mathematics3
Science3
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions3
Emphasis Requirements
CRJ 104Introduction to Administration of Justice3
CRJ 211Police in America: An Introduction3
CRJ 222Criminal Law and Procedure3
Elective Requirements
Select 30 units from CRJ courses or approved electives. See department for approved substitutions.30
Recommended:
Legal Careers and Law Schools
Legal Research and Methods
Legal Writing
The Juvenile Justice System
Investigative Photography I
Investigative Photography II
Introduction to Criminal Investigation
Principles of Police Patrol Techniques
Probation and Parole
Criminal Evidence
Preventions and Control of Delinquency
Introduction to Physical Evidence
Introduction to Criminology
Law and Justice
Internship in Criminal Justice
Special Topics
Total Units60
1

If you place into ENG 102 or ENG 114 the additional 3 required units will become elective units.

2

  May also count toward additional degree requirements. Please consult with Academic Advisement.

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
Elective 4 3
CRJ 104 Introduction to Administration of Justice 3
CRJ 211 Police in America: An Introduction 3
Mathematics 3 3
ENG 101
Composition I
or Composition I for International Students
3
 Semester Total15
2nd semester
Select 2 Electives 4 6
Human Relations 3 3
Science 3 3
ENG 102
Composition II
or Composition II For International Students
3
 Semester Total15
3rd semester
Select 3 Electives 4 9
CRJ 222 Criminal Law and Procedure 3
Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Science 3 3
 Semester Total15
4th semester
Select 4 Electives 4 12
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions 3 3
 Semester Total15
 Total Units60
3

See approved General Education list for the AAS Degree.

4

See program recommendations or requirements.