Oct 23, 2018  
2017-2018 Catalog and Student Handbook 
2017-2018 Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Police Science, AAS

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Program of Study

The Police Science program is a two year associate’s degree which includes the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy. Students who complete the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC) educational and legal requirements are eligible to sit for the state certification exam.

The career of police professionals has changed dramatically in recent years and society is expecting better educated officers. In many local areas, minimum requirements for entry-level police professional positions include associate degrees; high-level state and federal positions require baccalaureate or even law degrees.

The faculty has identified the following Learning Outcomes for all graduates:

  • Explain and analyze the origins and evolution of the criminal justice system, including policing, corrections, and criminology.
  • Differentiate and explain roles and practical functions of law enforcement officers, courts and corrections facilities.
  • Explain and apply different theories of crime, sentencing, and corrections.
  • Identify and demonstrate the ability to use technologies used in various aspects of the criminal justice system.
  • Define and discuss applications of ethical behavior within the criminal justice system.
  • Demonstrate psychomotor skills appropriate for a law enforcement officer.


  • Police Officer
  • Ohio State Highway Trooper
  • Sheriff’s Deputy
  • Correctional Officer
  • Probation Officer
  • Campus and Industrial Security

Technical Concentration

Total Technical Credit Hours: 32

Total General Education and Related Credit Hours: 30

Total Credit Hours: 62

*Students should complete a 2000 level mathematics course if transferring.

All students graduating from Terra State Community College with an Associate degree of any kind will be functionally proficient in common computer operations and applications. Please see your academic advisor or academic division office for further details.

See your advisor for appropriate course selection.

Recommended Course Sequence - 2 year
Recommended Course Sequence - 3 year

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