Criminal Justice

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Criminal Justice

About The Program

Modern law enforcement is a highly competitive career field. The more education you have, the better your chance of employment and advancement. Prepare for entry-level employment in law enforcement agencies and in some correctional facilities with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice. People working within those areas can use the program to enhance their skills. 

For a roadmap that identifies the preferred sequencing of courses and other specific recommendations from faculty, please see the corresponding program map(s):

Degree Requirements

Program Requirements

CJ& 101 Intro to Criminal Justice 5
CJ 104 Intro to Policing 5
CJ& 105 Intro to Corrections 5
CJ& 106 Juvenile Justice 5
CJ& 110 Criminal Law 5
CJ 154 The American Legal System 5
CJ 180 Report Writing for Law Enforcement 5
CJ 184 Administration of Justice 5
CJ 187 Crisis Intervention for Professionals 3
CJ 260 Physical Evidence and Criminalistics 5
CS 110 Introduction to Microcomputer Applications 3
POLS& 202 US Government 5

Recommended Electives

SUDS 114 Suicide Assessment, Prevention, and Crisis Management 2
SUDS 288 Criminal Justice Cooperative Work Experience Var.
COLL 289 Employment Portfolio Seminar 1
POLS 220 Law and Social Issues 5
SOC& 101 Introduction to Sociology:DIV 5

Diversity and Distribution Lists are available in the Lower Columbia College Catalog located at

Total credits required to earn this degree: 94-96 with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0.

Students completing this program should acquire the following skills and abilities:

  • Apply knowledge of criminal law in Washington State to hypothetical fact patterns (GS - Critical Thinking)
  • Demonstrate knowledge of constitutional law as it pertains to criminal justice (GS - Critical Thinking)
  • Analyze how a case proceeds through the criminal justice system (GS - Critical Thinking)
  • Use effective verbal and written communication skills (GS - Communications)
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge and application of methods of police patrol, operations, and management
  • Analyze numerical data as applied to criminal justice (GS - Quantitative Reasoning)
  • Generate satisfactory reports based on knowledge of investigative techniques, evidence gathering, searching, sketching, and on-scene interviewing
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the juvenile justice system
  • Demonstrate knowledge of skills needed in working with diverse populations and resolving conflict in a variety of situations (GS - Teamwork)
  • Evaluate ethics and ethical applications in criminal justice
Revised May 2023 (effective Summer 2023)


Program planning is based on information available at the time of preparation. It is the student’s responsibility to meet with their LCC advisor for specific requirements. Consult the LCC catalog for LCC graduation requirements. 

The necessity for prerequisite classes or beginning classes in a quarter other than Fall will change this plan and may extend beyond two years.

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