Earn your A.S. and continue with your bachelor's degree at SPC

Our flexible Associate in Science Degree in Criminal Justice Technology gives you a foundation in public safety and an education credential if you want to move up in your career. You choose your specialty based on your interests or experience. 

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

First-Line Supervisors of Protective Service Workers, All Other

Salary Data

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL MSA Average

Florida Average

Projected employment for Florida

2016 Employment

5,360

2026

5,860

Percent Change

9

Projected Job Openings

590

Our Associate in Science degree in Criminal Justice Technology teaches you:

  • The nature and principles of the criminal justice system
  • Criminal investigation procedure
  • Juvenile delinquency issues
  • Law enforcement administration and operations
  • The fields of corrections and criminal law
  • Rules of evidence

Criminal Justice Technology Public Safety Services Associate in Science

CJPSS-AS

Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Spring 2016 (510)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Spring 2016 (510), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.



Program Leadership Information

publicsafetyadvising@spcollege.edu -

Michael Hughes
Program Chair
(727) 341-4146


Brian Frank
Dean, AC
(727) 341-4503


Program Summary

The goal of this program is to prepare the student with a diverse background in the history, philosophy, organization and operation of the various arenas of public safety and their respective processes. The flexibility of this degree is that the student is allowed to select an option/sub plan and still be able to receive a well rounded foundation of the public safety field. The Associate in Science degree program allows students to not only graduate with an AS degree, but also be able to meet the entrance requirements to continue the BAS degree in Public Safety Administration.

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Florida CIP Code

1743010302: Criminal Justice

Federal CIP Code

43.0103: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration.


Admission Rules

SPECIAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
1. Complete SPC application
2. Take SPC Placement Test
3. Completion of any remedial course work
4. Attend an advising session with the program office

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Law Enforcement and Corrections Subplans Only
1. *Must have permission of the program office before registering.
2. **Must have completed the St. Petersburg College Basic Law Enforcement Academy or Basic Corrections Academy, taken and passed the FDLE State Exam, and completed any necessary preparations to have these academy credits transferred to or accepted by SPC. Other credits may be awarded from other FDLE Certified Training schools via the SPC Experiential Learning Program.

Graduation Rules

SPECIAL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS:
1. A grade of "C" or better in all designated major and support courses in this program.
2. Completion of an End of Program Assessment Examination.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Communications - Composition

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Composition I coursework below. Minimum grade of "C" required. This requirement must be completed within the first 24 credits of coursework toward the AS degree. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Communications - Literature

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Composition II/Literature coursework . Minimum grade of "C" required. This requirement must be completed within the first 36 credits of coursework toward the AS degree. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Communications - Speech

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Speech coursework . Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Humanities and Fine Arts

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Humanities and Fine Arts coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Mathematics

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Mathematics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Ethics

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Ethics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Computer/Information Literacy Competency

Competency may be demonstrated by completing the Computer Information and Literacy Exam (CGS 1070T) OR by successful completion of one of the approved Computer/Information Literacy Competency courses. No minimum credits required.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Enhanced World View

Complete at least one 3-credit course intended to enhance the student's world view in light of an increasingly globalized economy. Minimum grade of "C" required. In some cases, this course may also be used to satisfy another General Education Requirement.

SUPPORT COURSES
Political Science/Psychology/Sociology (Select 3 credits)

Completion of this requirement satisfies the General Education Social/Behavioral Science requirement for this AS degree.
POS 2041 American National Government 3
POS 2041H Honors American National Government 3
PSY 1012 General Psychology 3
PSY 1012H Honors General Psychology 3
SYG 2000 Introductory Sociology 3

MAJOR CORE COURSES
Complete 15 credits

CCJ 1020 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
1 CCJ 2720 Intro to Research Methods in Criminology 3
CJE 1202 Crime and Delinquency 3
CJE 2605 Investigative Trends 3
CJL 2062 Constitutional Law & Rules of Evidence 3

SUBPLAN
Select one subplan from below (Complete 24 credits)

SUBPLAN CORE COURSES
Subplan: Cross Discipline (CRJ) (Select 24 credits)

Courses listed are a suggested pathway. Or select any courses with CCJ, CJB, CJC, CJD, CJE, CJL, CJT or DSC prefixes 24
CJE 1640 Introduction to Crime Scene Technology 3
CJE 1643 Advanced Crime Scene Technology 3
CJE 1681 Internet as an Investigative Tool 3
CJE 1684 Internet Fraud Investigations 3
CJE 2644 Crime Scene Safety 3
DSC 1002 Domestic & International Terrorism 3
DSC 1004 Introduction to the NRF and NIMS 3
DSC 1552 Critical Infrastructure Protection 3

SUBPLAN CORE COURSES
Subplan: Law Enforcement (LAW ENF) (Complete 24 credits)

Credits articulated and applied from completion of the PSAV Law Enforcement Academy can be used toward the required 24 credits for this subplan C. Students completing this degree using this option must meet with the program office or the SEPSI Advisor in order to be certain all requirements of this option have been fulfilled. 24

SUBPLAN CORE COURSES
Subplan: Corrections (COR) (Complete 24 credits)

Credits articulated and applied from completion of the PSAV Corrections Academy can be used towards fulfillment of the required 24 credits for this subplan. Students completing this degree using this option must meet with the program office or the SEPSI Advisor in order to be certain all requirements of this option have been fulfilled. Courses will be identified later. 24

1 Per SCNS course number changed from CCJ 2704 to CCJ 2720.

Total Credits 60

Your public safety academy training applies to this degree

If you have completed one of SPC's training academies, you can earn academic credit towards our Associate in Science Degree in Criminal Justice Technology.

Please NOTE: This program does not prepare you for certification as a Correctional Officer, Law Enforcement Officer, Correctional Probation Officer, Auxiliary Correctional Officer or Auxiliary Law Enforcement Officer. You must successfully complete a Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC) Basic Recruit Program, such as one of SPC's training academies, to become a certified officer through FDLE.

Continue your education at SPC

SPC's Criminal Justice Technology A.S. Degree transfers to our bachelor's degree in Public Safety Administration.

Public Safety Specialized Training

If you're looking for training as a current public safety professional or need to meet your mandatory training requirements, SPC offers a wide range of options for Advanced and Short-Term Training for public safety professionals.

Criminal Justice Technology A.S. Degree