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Criminal Justice Degrees and Certificates

The Criminal Justice Option Degree is designed to provide students with a solid base for additional study at a four-year institution and for entry level employment in federal, state, local or private criminal justice agencies. Completion of the Law Enforcement Option Certificate exceeds the minimum P.O.S.T. requirements for entry level employment as peace officers. Completion of course requirements listed for the Corrections Officer Program Certificate provides students with the knowledge and skills required for criminal justice professionals, as well as to provide knowledge and skills based on new legal and/or judicial rulings.

​Corrections Officer Certificate Program (SAC 1696)​
Course​ Units
Criminal Justice 148, Writing Skills for Criminal Justice Personnel​ 3​
Criminal Justice 101, Introduction to Criminal Justice​ 3​
Criminal Justice 102, Introduction to Corrections​ 3​
Criminal Justice 103, Concepts of Criminal Law​ 3​
Criminal Justice 105, Legal Aspects of Evidence​ 3​
    TOTAL  ​ 15​

 
An additional 12 units will be awarded for completion of the basic correctional officer’s academy which is attended after employment with the California Department of Corrections.

Criminal Justice Option Degree (SAC 0617)

(Formerly: Law Enforcement Option Degree SAC 0607) 
Major requirements for the associate in arts degree (27 Units required):​
Course​ ​Units
Criminal Justice 148, Writing Skills for Criminal Justice Personnel​ 3​
Criminal Justice 101, Introduction to Criminal Justice​ 3​
Criminal Justice 103, Concepts of Criminal Law​ 3​
Criminal Justice 105, Legal Aspects of Evidence​ 3​
Criminal Justice 107, Principles & Procedures in the Criminal Justice System 3​
Criminal Justice 102, Introduction​ to Corrections (effective 2010)​ 3​
Criminal Justice 205, Criminal Investigation Principles​ 3​
Select 6 units from the following:
Criminal Justice 109, Community Interaction (effective 2010)​ 3​
Criminal Justice 106, Coroner Death Investigation​ 3​
Criminal Justice 108, Crime Scene Investigation​ 3​
Criminal Justice 209, Organized Crime​ 3​
Criminal Justice 220, Juvenile Delinquency & Control​ 3​
Criminal Justice 110, Street Gangs​ 3​
 

Completion of Criminal Justice Academies 100, Basic Police Academy, will satisfy the requirements in lieu of the above 6 units of electives. All students must complete the basic seven course core curriculum to qualify for the degree.

​Law Enforcement Option Certificate (SAC 0592) ​
Major requirements for the certificate:
Course​ Units​
Criminal Justice Academies 010, Pre-Employment Preparation for Law Enforcement ​ 1​
Criminal Justice Academies 100, Basic Police Academy​ 24​
Criminal Justice 101, Introduction to Criminal Justice​ 3​
Criminal Justice 103, Concepts of Criminal Law​ 3​
Criminal Justice 105, Legal Aspects of Evidence​ 3​
Criminal Justice 107, Principles & Procedures in the Criminal Justice System ​ 3​
Criminal Justice 109, Community Interaction​ 3​
 
Law Enforcement Custody Option Certificate (SAC 0096) ​
Requirements for the certificate: 
Course​ ​Units
Criminal Justice Academies 059, Supervision​ 2​
Criminal Justice 095, Drug Use & Identification​ 2​
Criminal Justice 101, Introduction to Criminal Justice​ 3​
Criminal Justice 102, Introduction to Corrections​ 3​
Criminal Justice 103, Concepts of Criminal Law​ 3​
Criminal Justice 107, Principles & Procedures in the Criminal Justice System 3​
Criminal Justice 220, Juvenile Delinquency & Control​ 3​

 

 Recommended electives: Criminal Justice Academies 021, *N26, 060, 066, 068, 070, 071, 083.

  *Courses which have an “N” preceding the number may be required for the major, but are not applicable to the 60 units required for the degree.

 

​Law Enforcement Reserve Officer Option Certificate (SAC 0097)​

Requirements for the certificate: 
Course​ ​Units
Criminal Justice Academies 021, P.C. 832 Laws of Arrest​ 1​
Criminal Justice Academies 040, Level II Reserve Academy​ 6​
Criminal Justice Academies 048, Writing Skills for Law Enforcement Personnel ​ 3​
Criminal Justice Academies 098, Level III Reserve Academy​ 3​
Criminal Justice 101, Introduction to Criminal Justice​ 3​
Criminal Justice 103, Concepts of Criminal Law​ 3​
Criminal Justice 105, Legal Aspects of Evidence​ 3​
Criminal Justice 107, Principles & Procedures in the Criminal Justice System ​ 3​
Criminal Justice 109, Community Interaction​ 3​
 

 Recommended electives: Criminal Justice Academies 021A, 029, 033A,056.

 
​Law Enforcement Advanced Officer Option Certificate (SAC 0098) ​
​Major requirements for the certificate: ​
Course​ ​Units
Criminal Justice Academies 044, Advanced Officer Patrol​ 0.5​
Criminal Justice Academies 047, Homicide Investigation​ 1​
Criminal Justice Academies 059, Supervision​ 2​
Criminal Justice Academies 070, H&S 11550 Under the Influence of Controlled Substances ​ 0.5​
Criminal Justice 105, Legal Aspects of Evidence​ 3​
Criminal Justice 107, Principles & Procedures in the Criminal Justice System ​ 3​
Criminal Justice 109, Community Interaction​ 3​
Criminal Justice 209, Organized Crime​ 3​

 

 

Recommended electives: Criminal Justice Academies 002A, 005, 005A, 006, 007, 008, 009, 009A, 010A, 017, *N25, 032, 033, 034, 035, 037, 039, 042, 049, 051, 064, 066, 075, 075A, 077, *N81, 082, 085, 086, 087, 088,098.
 
*Courses which have an “N” preceding the number may be required for the major, but are not applicable to the 60 units required for the degree.
 
 

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