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Criminal Justice & Criminology, A.S. (600.7) ♦

Location(s): Allegheny Campus, Boyce Campus, North Campus, South Campus, Virtual Campus


Associate of Science

This program prepares students to work in a public or private agency in law enforcement or corrections. Public agencies may employ graduates in police departments, county sheriff departments and state police agencies.  Private employers of graduates may include security services, insurance services, the gaming industry and other industries. The program attracts students who are interested in criminal justice and social justice issues. This program also enables those already employed to expand and gain advanced training in the field.   

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

  1. Identify each component of the criminal justice system and explain its purpose and function.
  2. Recognize the functional operation of the juvenile justice system and identify moral dilemmas in the criminal justice field.
  3. Explain the components of a law or statute and apply the United States Bill of Rights to the operation of the criminal justice system.
  4. Describe the variety of methods used in evidence collection and identify the courtroom value of physical and testimonial evidence.

Degree Requirements


Total: 15 Credits


Total: 15-16 Credits


Total: 15-16 Credits


Total: 18 Credits


Minimum Credits to Graduate: 63-65


Students transferring to a TAOC participating-institution must complete the courses as outlined above.

Students transferring to a non-TAOC participating-institution should meet with a counselor to choose appropriate courses for transfer. Minimum requirements for graduation in this program include:

1 Choose ENG 102   or another English elective.
2 Choose any Humanities Elective

Students not transferring to institution related to TAOC may also select any Foreign Language class as a Humanities Elective but should consult with a transfer counselor

Humanities Elective


Select one of the following:

Science Elective


Select one of the following or higher level science course:

Note for Transfer Students


1 MAT 102 and BIO 100 may not qualify for transfer to other four-year institutions. Students transferring to another school should meet with a counselor to choose appropriate courses for transfer.

Advanced Standings Opportunities


CCAC recognizes the Act 120 Police Training Certificate. CCAC students who have completed that certification can be awarded 15 credits as follows:

  • CJC 101   - Introduction to Criminal Justice 
  • CJC 151   -  Introduction to Criminal Law
  • CJC 201   - Fundamentals of Criminal Investigation 
  • CJC 203   - Evidence and Procedures 
  • CJC 206   - Police Operations  

CCAC students who have completed the Basic Training curriculum offered by the Allegheny County Bureau of Corrections can be awarded nine credits as follows:

  • CJC 207   - Introduction to Criminology 
  • CJC 211   - Treatment Offenders: Issues and Strategies 
  • CJC 214P   - First Responder Practicum