Associate of Science in Administration of Justice - Law Enforcement (AS)

Division: Social Sciences

This degree prepares students for entry-level employment and/or potential further study in the field of Administration of Justice: Law Enforcement through the study of criminal law, laws of evidence, report writing, etc. Students will acquire knowledge necessary for advanced academic studies.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Identify and describe the structure and functions of the American criminal justice system: law enforcement, courts, corrections (adult and juvenile).
  • Identify and apply basic concepts associated with criminal law, laws of evidence, procedural law, general criminal investigation and community policing.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of maintaining proper professional criminal justice standards of ethical conduct, and cultivating productive relationships with a myriad of different communities specifically relating to cultural customs, beliefs and lifestyles.

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of this degree, students will be prepared for careers or employment in the following fields:  local municipal police departments, county sheriff’s departments, and private investigative agencies. At the state level, employment opportunities exist with the California Highway Patrol, Department of Alcoholic Beverage, Department of Motor Vehicles, Department of Fish and Game, Department of Justice, etc. Note: All law enforcement agencies have specific employment and training requirements, beyond academic achievement.


This degree is not designed for transfer; however, the courses included in this degree may be transferable and apply to other degrees designed for transfer.

College of the Sequoias' Associate Degree General Education (COS-GE) *
AJ 011Intro to Criminal Justice *3
AJ 112Legal Aspects of Evidence3
AJ 013Community Relations3
AJ 014Criminal Law 13
AJ 118Criminal Investigation3
AJ 119Criminal Identification3
AJ 219Police Patrol Procedures3
Select a minimum of nine units from the following courses:
AJ 025Constitutional Law *3
AJ 045Terrorism and Freedom3
AJ 111Criminal Justice Communication3
AJ 113Juvenile Laws & Procedures3
AJ 114Juvenile Delinquency3
AJ 115Criminal Law 23
AJ 123Criminal Justice Ethics *3
WEXP 193 JAJ Wrk Exp-1st Sem1-4
WEXP 194 JAJ Work Exp-2nd Sem1-4
WEXP 195 JAJ Wrk Exp-3rd Sem1-4
WEXP 196 JAJ Wrk Exp-4th Sem1-4
Select additional degree applicable courses numbered 1-299 to achieve 60 units.

The Associate Degree requirements include completion of the:

  1. Required major courses and restricted elective courses with a "C" or better grade in each course (required and restricted elective courses may be substituted with the approval of the Division Chair), 
  2. General Education Requirements, 
  3. Subject requirements including PE, Health & Wellness, and American Institutions, and
  4. A minimum of 60 units of degree applicable courses numbered 1-299, at least 12 of which must be taken in residence at College of the Sequoias, with a "C" (2.0) average (see Associate Degree Requirements for additional details).