Jun 07, 2023  
Course/Program Inventory 
Course/Program Inventory

Law Enforcement

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Program Description

The Associate of Applied Science in Law Enforcement is designed to address the educational needs of individuals who desire to enter or advance their career within the field of Law Enforcement.

Program Outcomes

Student will be able to:

  • Function completely as entry-level law enforcement personnel;
  • Apply critical thinking skills in solving community problems, generating community- oriented solutions;
  • Conduct criminal investigations and apply criminal law and procedures; and
  • Demonstrate knowledge of officer survival, defensive tactics, and proper use of firearms.

Professional Accrediting Body: None

State Agency/Entity Oversight: None

Certifications or Industry-recognized Certificates to Be Awarded: None

Articulation with TCAT’s: Not Applicable


General Education Requirements: 15-16 SCH

Course 15 - 16 SCH
ENGL 1010 - English Composition I   3
Speech Elective   3
MATH 1010 or Higher or Natural Science Elective 3-4
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective    3
Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3

* Courses must be chosen from TBR-approved/Campus-specific lists.

*Additional TBR-approved/campus-specific Social/Behavioral Science courses are available in the Criminal Justice Common Course Library.



Each Concentration must include a minimum of 15 SCH, with the 3-4 courses listed below as system-wide requirements for that concentration.  The additional courses to be selected by the institution from the Common Course Library listed below.

  • Crime Scene Investigation (Required Courses - 18 Hours)
  • The Crime Scene Investigation concentration will prepare students to become skilled in the recognition, discovery, processing, preservation, collection, and transmission of physical evidence found at the scene of the crime.  Students will obtain the skills and knowledge to seek employment in the criminal justice field, including law enforcement, private security, and crime scene investigation.  The concentration includes courses in photography, sketching, fingerprinting, marking, chain of custody, collection methods, sources of physical evidence, and transmission to the laboratory.
  • The concentration will also study of the scientific evaluation of physical evidence in the crime lab; firearms examination, comparative micrograph, toxicology, serology, polygraph, and microanalysis of hair, fiber, paint, and glass; and legal photography applications.
  • Required courses are Latent Fingerprint Development, Intro to Crime Scene Investigation, Evidence Photography, Investigative Photography, Interview and Interrogation Techniques, Fingerprint Pattern and Identification, Surface Skeleton and Buried Bodies, Advanced Crime Scene Investigation, and Bloodstain Evidence.

Police Administration Concentration Core Courses

  • The Police Administration concentration prepares individuals for careers in the Criminal Justice field.  Students will obtain the skills and knowledge to seek employment in the criminal justice field, including law enforcement, private security, and crime scene investigation. The concentration provides the education and training needed for entry-level personnel and advancement opportunities for those presently employed in the criminal justice field.
  • The concentration will also study of the basics of police work needed to survive both mentally and physically. Topics include basic officer survival tactics and techniques, proper survival techniques used during field interviews, unknown risk calls, and traffic stops. Provides a working knowledge of survival skills used during domestic calls, crimes in progress, and high-risk traffic stops.
  • Required courses are Police Administration & Organization, Police Firearms, Physical Defensive Tactics, Criminal Evidence and Procedures, Officer Survival, Interview and Interrogation Techniques, Law Enforcement Practicum, Drug Identification and Effects, and Investigative Report Writing.

Additional Approved Courses

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