AAS, Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement

This program can be completed 100% online. 

Program Description

TMCC’s Associate of Applied Science, Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement 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.

Recommended Course Schedule

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

See approved General Education list for the AAS Degree.


See program recommendations or requirements.

AAS degrees are generally 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
Composition I
Composition Enhanced
Composition I for International and Multilingual Students
Composition II
Composition II For International and Multilingual Students
Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Science3
Additional College Requirements
Diversity 2[3]
Human Relations3
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions3
Degree Requirements
CRJ 104Introduction to Administration of Justice3
CRJ 211Police in America: An Introduction3
CRJ 222Criminal Law and Procedure3
Elective Requirements:
Select 30 units of CRJ or EMHS courses from this list. 30
Legal Careers and Law Schools
Legal Research and Methods
Legal Writing
The Juvenile Justice System
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
Internship in Criminal Justice
Total Units60

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


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

Students completing the degree 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.