Law Enforcement – Associate in Applied Science

Careers in law enforcement, including police officers and deputy sheriffs, are ever changing. Police officers help prevent crimes, investigate crimes and control traffic. Detectives and special agents gather facts and evidence for criminal cases. In Michigan, students must complete police academy training to be eligible for employment as a police officer. In many cases, police agencies require a minimum of an associate degree for new employees.

Minimum credits: 60
Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0
Minimum grade in all courses: 2.0
Minimum Jackson College credits: 15

GEO 1: Write clearly, concisely and intelligibly

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
ENG 131 Writing Experience I 3 ENG 085 and ENG 091

This is an intensive writing course. Narrative and descriptive modes are stressed. Basic research strategies are introduced. An end-of-the-semester portfolio is required.

ENG 132 Writing Experience II 3 ENG 131

This is an intensive writing course. Analytical and persuasive modes are stressed. Advanced research writing strategies are used. Database and primary research methods are emphasized. An end-of-the-semester portfolio is required.

GEO 2: Recognize the importance of equity and inclusion in a diverse society

Choose one of the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
ANT 131 Cultural Anthropology 3 ENG 085*

Cultural anthropology is a one semester introductory course. The course focuses on the thesis that every society is based on an integrated culture, which satisfies human needs and facilitates survival. The course also explores the ways in which our own culture fits into the broad range of human possibilities.

COM 250 Intercultural Communication 3 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

(Students cannot receive credit for both COM 250 and COM 350) This course will explore how diverse cultural orientations influence the way we perceive and interact with an increasingly culturally diverse world. We will discuss the causes of intercultural conflicts in different communication settings (interpersonal, small group, school, workplace and global) and how to manage them effectively.

HIS 211 Minority Groups in America 3 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

Sociology of dominant-minority relations in contemporary American society. Attention to specific ethnic, religious, and racial minorities in terms of prejudice and discrimination.

PLS 262 International Relations 3 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

Survey contemporary world affairs and examine the nation-state system, the struggle for power, and factors creating harmony and hostility among states.

GEO 3: Demonstrate computational skills and mathematical reasoning

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
MAT 130 Quantitative Reasoning 4 MAT 030

Quantitative Reasoning develops student skills in analyzing, synthesizing and communicating quantitative information. Cultivates algebraic reasoning and modeling skills through a quantitative literacy lens. Emphasizes critical thinking and the use of multiple strategies in applied contexts. Topics include proportional and statistical reasoning, probability, and evaluation of bias and validity.

GEO 4: Demonstrate scientific reasoning

Choose one of the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
BIO 110 Introductory Biology 4 ENG 085*, ENG 090* and MAT 033* or higher

Students will investigate the nature of science and critically analyze scientific data. Basic biological concepts including cancer, biostatistics, organic molecules and nutrition, biotechnology, nutrient cycles, and evolution are presented in the context of current issues. This course includes a discussion component which involves reading, critically evaluating, and discussing scientific papers: thus strong college reading and writing skills are recommended. The course is designed for non-science majors and includes a laboratory component.

CEM 131 Fundamentals of Chemistry 4 ENG 085* and MAT 033* or higher

Fills requirement for some non-science majors. Provides background for CEM 141 for those with no recent high school chemistry. Fundamental principles of chemistry such as states of matter, simple atomic and molecular structure, and the periodic classification of elements. The study of water emphasizes the properties of solutions and acid-base relations. Course includes a laboratory component.

GEL 109 Earth Science 4 ENG 085*, ENG 090* and MAT 033* or higher

This course serves as a foundation for the Earth sciences and Earth science majors. Emphasis is placed on laboratory experience and class discussions to reinforce scientific principles. Earth science case studies are covered in detail. In laboratory, the students will learn how to apply basic scientific principles through active learning and application. This course has a laboratory component.

NSC 131 Contemporary Science 4 ENG 090* and MAT 020* or higher

An interdisciplinary course that introduces the nature of science as a process. Particular topics from biology, chemistry, physics, geology and astronomy covered with an emphasis on critical thinking and evaluating evidence to examine competing theories. This course is ideal as a first science course for students whose science background is minimal, who are anxious about science, or who have not had a science course for several years. Course includes a laboratory component.

PHY 131 Conceptual Physics 4 ENG 085* and MAT 020* or higher

Become familiar with basic concepts used in physics to describe and explain various physical phenomena. The course covers the following topics: kinematics (the description of motion); mechanics (the study of force, momentum and energy); the behavior of solids, liquids and gases; temperature and heat; waves and sound; electricity and magnetism; and optics. The course is designed to familiarize the student with the basics of physics using a minimum of mathematics. Course includes a laboratory component.

GEO 5: Understand human behavior and social systems, and the principles which govern them

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
PLS 141 American National Government 3 ENG 085, ENG 091

Develops a systematic framework for the interpretation of political activity in the United States. Numerous models explain the theoretical foundations of government and the decision-making process.

GEO 6: Understand aesthetic experience and artistic creativity

Choose one of the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
ART 111 Art History: Prehistoric to 1400 3 ENG 085, ENG 091

This course is a survey of art history and aesthetics covering art and architecture from prehistoric times to 1400.

ART 112 Art History: Renaissance to Present 3 ENG 085*

This course is a survey of art history and aesthetics covering art from the Renaissance through the 20th century.

HUM 131 Cultural Connections 3 ENG 085 and ENG 091

This interdisciplinary course examines contemporary issues, their human and technological components, and their historical precedents through art, music, literature and philosophy.

MUS 131 Understanding Music 3 ENG 085*

Lecture and directed listening on the elements, forms and historic chronology of Western music.


Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
ENG 232 Technical & Business Writing 3 ENG 131

A course designed to provide practice in a variety of written and oral communications to meet the requirements of the workplace. Projects may include descriptions, instructions, résumés, proposals, reports or online documents. It involves frequent writing, both in and out of class, as well as oral presentations, collaborative activities and individual conferences.

PSY 140 Introduction to Psychology 4 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

Overview of the field of psychology, including learning, development, emotion, motivation, personality, abnormal behavior and psychotherapy.

PSY 251 Abnormal Psychology 3 PSY 140

Survey of those behaviors that do not fit the norm of society, including causal factors, specific disorders and treatment methods.

SOC 231 Principles of Sociology 3 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

The discipline and its contributions to understanding the fundamental processes of social interaction. Includes development of self, socialization process, groups and social structure. Application of sociological principles to our society by examination of relevant research.

Choose one of the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
CIS 101 Introduction to Computer Systems 3 CIS 095*, ENG 085*, ENG 090* and MAT 020* or higher

Enhance computer knowledge. Course covers computer system concepts with an emphasis on several software applications. Typing ability necessary to be successful in this class.

CIS 201 Advanced Information Technologies 3 ENG 085*, ENG 090* and CIS 101*

(SAME AS ECM 201) This course enhances electronic communication skills and computer concepts essential to using current advanced information technologies. Topics include web collaboration, web conferencing, web 2.0 applications, social media, mobile computing, file conversions and cross-platform compatibility.


Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
CRJ 101 Criminal Law 3 ENG 085*

This course covers both substantive and procedural law at local, state and federal levels. Special emphasis given to the Michigan Penal Code and landmark court decisions.

CRJ 111 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

This course covers the history, evolution and philosophy of the American criminal justice system. Emphasis on the interrelationship of system components: police, attorneys, courts and corrections.

CRJ 114 Police Administration & Operations 3 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

Administration and operation of a police department including line/staff activities are explored.

CRJ 117 Criminology 3 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

(SAME AS SOC 117) Provides an understanding of the cultural nature, origin and development of criminal behavior with attention given to the psychological and sociological factors involved.


Choose 9 credits from the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
CRJ 102 Criminal Investigation 3 ENG 085*

This course covers the fundamentals of criminal investigation, theory and practice, from crime scene to courtroom, with emphasis on techniques appropriate to specific crimes.

CRJ 104 Criminal Justice Psychology 3 ENG 085*

This course is an overview of criminal behavior from a psych-social perspective. Contemporary research, theory and practice concerning the psychology of crime are reviewed.

CRJ 108 Criminal Justice Fieldwork-Security 3

This course is an introduction to security internship at Jackson College. Course includes, but is not limited to, training in AED/CPR, chemical irritants, courtroom demeanor and testimony. Also includes a minimum of 14 hours per week of job training. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission Required.

CRJ 112 Crime & Delinquency 3 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

Introduction to deviant behavior and current criminological theories with emphasis on synthesis and police applications to juveniles; diversion and status offenses considered.

CRJ 113 Introduction to Criminalistics 3 ENG 085*

Scientific methods applied to the collection, identification, preservation and transportation of physical evidence and taught in a laboratory setting.

CRJ 116 Fire Investigation I 3 ENG 085*

Reviews arson and fire laws and their application. Investigative methods unique to the fire scene will also be covered. Particular value to criminal justice students and fire fighting personnel.

CRJ 121 Introduction to Corrections 3 ENG 085*, ENG 090*, and MAT 020*

A survey of the American corrections system as a component of the criminal justice system.

CRJ 203 Field Studies 3 Only open to students who have reached sophomore level (26 or more credit hours), minimum 2.5 GPA and permission of the instructor.

(SAME AS SOC 203) This course provides an opportunity for students to work for one semester in a law enforcement or corrections agency.