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Police Science

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Police Science is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a course of study specifically focused on law enforcement. The certificate program specializes in training and education related to the duties of law enforcement. The program is designed for the student with no Arizona police academy experience.

Details

Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Certificate
Academic Plan
Certificate of Completion (CCL)
Academic Plan Code
5107
Total Credits Required
18
Catalog Year
2020-2021

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Identify and describe the major components of the criminal justice process.
  2. Describe governmental structure and its relationship to the criminal justice system.
  3. Demonstrate the safe use of firearms.
  4. Describe legal issues, safety factors, storing methods and components of handguns; and demonstrate proficiency.
  5. Analyze, write, and revise common types of criminal justice reports.
  6. Describe the interrelationships and missions of the federal, state, and local law enforcement systems.
  7. Trace the development of police/community programs.
  8. Identify and describe the goals and objectives of criminal investigation.
  9. Identify and define relevant concepts for selected topic area.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2018.
Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AJS101 Introduction to Criminal Justice RC 3
AJS151 Firearms I RC 1
AJS205 Effective Communication and Report Writing in Criminal Justice RC 3
AJS230 The Police Function RC 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AJS153 Firearms II/Handguns RC 1
AJS270 Community Relations RC 3
AJS275 Criminal Investigation I RC 3
AJS290BU Family Violence RC 1
Course Area Key
Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Certificate of Completion in Police Science (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=125806).

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog YearEffective Dates
2019-20205/28/2019 – 5/25/2020
2018-20195/29/2018 – 5/27/2019