Police Science AS Degree

The Police Science program provides training for careers in law enforcement as well as related fields in corrections, probation, security and community service. The program offers one level of job entry training, as well as an Associate’s Degree designed to enhance professional skills and qualifications. The job entry training level is the Reserve Police Officer Certificate of Achievement. This level consists of the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certified Module III and Module II, Basic Peace Officer Training courses. Satisfactory completion of these courses establishes eligibility for hire as a Level-III or Level-II Reserve Peace Officer in the State of California.

With the Reserve Police Officer Certificate of Achievement a Police Science Associate’s Degree is attainable with an additional 18 units of required courses, 18 units of General Education and 5 units of electives.

Basic Peace Officer Training courses are non-traditional courses subject to State regulations prescribed by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). Students wishing to enroll in any POST certified Basic Peace Officer Training courses must be 18 years of age, possess a valid driver’s license, be fingerprinted and present a Department of Justice signed clearance letter to possess a firearm on the first day of class. There are also certain physical and moral character requirements for peace officers. Students wanting to register for POST courses at COD who are unsure if they meet the POST requirements are urged to contact the Academy Director or designee prior to enrollment. 

Required CoursesUnits
BPOT 001Basic Peace Officer Training-Module III7
BPOT 002Basic Peace Officer Training-Module II12
AJ 001Introduction to Criminal Justice3
AJ 002Concepts of Criminal Law3
AJ 004Criminal Court Process3
AJ 006Criminal Investigation3
AJ 010Juvenile Procedures3
AJ 030Introduction to Corrections3
Select 5 units chosen from the following:5
Legal Aspects of Evidence
Community and the Justice System
Administration Justice Work Experience (Maximum of 3 units may be used for work experience)
General Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Introductory Sociology
Social Problems
Fundamentals of Statistics
Introduction to Race & Ethnicity
Elementary Spanish I
Elementary American Sign Language I
Intro to Interpersonal Communication
Small Group Communication
Intercultural Communication
Argumentation and Debate
Required Subtotal37
Elective Subtotal5
COD General Education Pattern18
Kinesiology Activities2

Note: With advisor approval, up to 18 units of any Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certified Basic Peace Officer Training Module I course may be substituted for some or all of the 18 units of required AJ courses.