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Police Science / Associate of Applied Science

This program is designed specifically to allow police officers who have completed the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy to complete an associate degree within the field of law enforcement. When you apply to Northern for this major, you must supply the Registrar a copy of your Law Enforcement Academy certificate of completion in order to obtain credit for the training.

General Education (21 hrs)

Communications (6 hrs)

  • ENG 111 English Composition I (3)
  • SPCH 130 Public Speaking (3)

Humanities (3 hrs)

  • PHIL 220 Ethics (3)

Math/Computer/Lab Sciences (6 hrs)

  • CS 102 Computer Literacy (3)
  • MATH 145 Introduction to Probability & Statistics

Social/Behavioral Sciences (6 hrs)

  • PSCI 210 State and Local Government (3)
  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (3)

Program Requirements (43 hrs)

  • CJ 228 Forensic Investigation (3)
  • ENG 116 Technical Writing (3)
  • SOC 140 Sociology of Alcohol & Substance Abuse (3)
  • SPAN Spanish 100, 101/102 or 111/112 (3)

NM law Enforcement Academy Certification which includes credit for the following courses (34 hrs):

  • CJ 111 Introduction to Criminal Justice (4)
  • CJ 201 Criminal Law (3)
  • HPER Electives (2) [meets graduation requirement]
  • SOC 213 Deviant Behavior (3)

Law Enforcement Electives (19):

  • LE 130 Patrol, Communications, and Investigations (6)
  • LE 235 Traffic Enforcement and Accident Investigation (3)
  • LE 236 Police Proficiency I (3)
  • LE 237 Police Proficiency II (3)
  • LE238 Police Proficiency III (3)
  • LE239 First Responder for Law Enforcement (1)

Total Credit Hours: 64

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