Program Description

The Associate in Science in Administration of Justice for Transfer (AS-T) prepares students for entry-level positions as police officers, police reserve officers, police assistants, and community service officers in police and sheriff’s departments and for positions in private security as well as preparation for careers in probation, parole, and federal law enforcement agencies.

Emphasis is on critical thinking, oral communication skills, and writing skills essential to today’s law enforcement employees. Students are kept informed of changes in law enforcement such as community policing, laws of arrest, search and seizure, and updates to the state penal code. Role playing and Moot court presentation are included to enhance oral communication skills and preparation of written reports. Training is also provided in the area of crime analysis and use of computer technology in law enforcement.

The Associate in Science in Administration of Justice for Transfer degree will be awarded upon completion of course work totaling 60 California State University (CSU) transferable units including the above major requirements and the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC for CSU) or California State University General Education (CSU GE) requirements with a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. (Students completing this degree are not required to fulfill additional PCC graduation requirements.)

Associate in Science in Administration of Justice for Transfer Degree

Course Requirements


  • AJ 010 - Introduction to the Administration of Justice (3)
  • AJ 012 - Concepts of Criminal Law (3)


  • AJ 014 - Legal Aspects of Evidence (3)
  • AJ 018 - Community Relations (3)
  • AJ 019 - Principles of Investigation (3)


  • STAT 018 - Statistics for Behavioral or Social Sciences (4)
    OR STAT 050 - Elementary Statistics (4)
  • PSYC 001 - Introductory Psychology (3)
  • POLS 001 - Introduction to American Government (3)
    OR SOC 002 - Contemporary Social Problems (3)

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify the education stages to successfully enter a law enforcement academy consisting of academics, physical training, firearms and Code of Ethics requirements for the law enforcement officer as a professional.

  2. Demonstrate fundamental knowledge of the law enforcement profession consisting of the role of the police, courts and corrections.

  3. Explain an understanding of the role of the community in a partnership with law enforcement including, but not limited to interpersonal skills of effective written and oral communications plus critical thinking required of a law enforcement officer.

  4. Outline and discuss the moral/legal aspects of the use of firearms, impact weapons, chemical agents, Laws of Evidence, the preparation of search warrants and the collection of physical evidence at a crime scene

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