2014 - 2015 Combined Catalogs of the Colleges

Program: Criminal Justice
Degree Plan: Criminal Justice AAS

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(Associate in Applied Sciences Degree)

Cedar Valley (El Centro is an authorized site), Eastfield, and Mountain View only

  • Students pursuing this award program are required to meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards and course prerequisites.
  • Students must earn at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by the college awarding the degree.

Degree Plan Code: AAS.CRIM.JUST.08

The curriculum is designed for those with Criminal Justice backgrounds as well as for recent high school graduates interested in preparing for employment in the fields of law enforcement, corrections, probation and parole or private security.



CRIJ 1310 Fundamentals of Criminal Law 3
CRIJ 1301 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3
MATH 1314 College Algebra OR 3
MATH 1414 College Algebra OR (4)
MATH 2342 Introductory Statistics OR (3)
MATH 2442 Introductory Statistics (4)
BIOL 1322 Principles of Nutrition 3
15-16 15


CRIJ 1306 Court Systems and Practices 3
CRIJ 1307 Crime in America 3
ENGL 1302 Composition II 3
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication OR 3
SPCH 1315 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)
SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology 3
15 12


+++Electives Criminal Justice Elective (two courses) 6-8 6
6-8 6


GOVT 2305 Federal Government 3
+Electives Humanities/Fine Arts 3
++Electives Required Support Courses 9-11 9
15-17 15


ITSC 1401 Introduction to Computers OR 4
COSC 1301 Introduction to Computing OR (3) 3
COSC 1401 Introduction to Computing OR (4)
BCIS 1405 Business Computer Applications (4)
+++Electives Criminal Justice Elective (one course) 3-4 3
PSYC 2314 Lifespan Growth and Development OR 3
SOCI 1306 Contemporary Social Issues OR (3)
PSYC 2316 Psychology of Personality (3)
CJSA 2334 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice 3
12-14 12
Minimum Hours Required 63-70 60

+Humanities/Fine Arts Elective - must be selected from the AAS Core Options for Humanities/Fine Arts.

++Required Support Courses - must be chosen from the following. Students cannot take more than one cooperative education course during the same semester:

CJSA 1382 Cooperative Education - Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 3
CJSA 1482 Cooperative Education - Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 4
CJSA 2382 Cooperative Education - Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 3
CJSA 2482 Cooperative Education - Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 4
CRIJ 2314 Criminal Investigation 3
CRIJ 2323 Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement 3
CRIJ 2328 Police Systems and Practices 3

+++Criminal Justice Elective - must be chosen selected from the following:

CRIJ 1313 Juvenile Justice System 3
CRIJ 2313 Correctional Systems and Practices 3
CRIJ 2301 Community Resources in Corrections 3
#CJSA 1392 Special Topics in Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 3
#CJSA 1393 Special Topics in Criminal Justice Studies 3
SPAN 1411 Beginning Spanish* 4
SPAN 1412 Beginning Spanish* 4

*American Sign Language may not be substituted for this course.

#Both CJSA courses are WECM courses and MAY NOT transfer to a four-year program as part of the transferable credits for the four-year degree.


NOTE: A student enrolling in a Basic Police Academy program must meet the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education Requirements (TCLEOSE) for minimum standards if you plan to seek employment in the law enforcement field. Students must be 21 years of age at time of enrollment. Additional restrictions include - Students must NOT have:

(A) Been convicted of a misdemeanor offense above the grade of a Class C Misdemeanor within the last 10 years,

(B) Been on court ordered supervision or probation for any criminal offense above the grade of Class C misdemeanor,

(C) Been convicted of a felony offense or Class A misdemeanor,

(D) Have court or Grand Jury action pending with any cases above a Class C misdemeanor,

(E) Been convicted of any family violence offense,

(F) Been prohibited by state or federal law from operating a motor vehicle, and

(G) Been prohibited by state or federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition.


The following courses will be given as credit to students who have successfully completed a Basic Police Academy and passed the Texas Basic Peace Officer Licensing Examination through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE). A student must meet all registration requirements set forth by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and the colleges of the Dallas County Community College District. A student must successfully complete at least six (6) credit hours of Criminal Justice courses (either academic or technical courses) prior to applying for the 3 5 additional technical courses listed below totaling at least 13 24 credit hours. The credit awarded will not be assigned a grade, but will be recorded as "credit awarded":

CJLE 2420 Texas Peace Officer Procedures 4
CJLE 1429 Basic Peace Officer V 4
CJLE 2421 Texas Peace Officer Law 4
CJLE 1506 Basic Peace Officer I 5
CJLE 2522 Texas Peace Officer Skills 5
CJLE 1512 Basic Peace Officer II 5
CJLE 1518 Basic Peace Officer III 5
CJLE 1524 Basic Peace Officer IV 5

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year insitution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four-year institution of their choice.

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