Associate in Applied Science in Criminal Justice

This program prepares students for positions in the criminal justice field. The degree can be completed with a concentration in law enforcement supervision or crime scene investigation. Employment opportunities are provided by various law enforcement agencies and correctional institutions in New Mexico. Programs are articulated with the Law Enforcement Academy and the Corrections Academy.

NOTE: A.A.S. degrees are designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in specific occupations; they are not generally intended to transfer to four-year institutions.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Discuss the major concepts, theories, empirical findings, patterns, types, and root causes of crime.
  • Use critical thinking and the scientific approach to solve problems in the criminal justice system.
  • Communicate with professionalism and clarity during victim or suspect interviews.
  • Communicate with professionalism and clarity when testifying from a written report in a court of law.
  • Apply investigative techniques and critical thinking skills to bring a case to its logical conclusion.
  • Interact and display professional and ethical behavior in diverse environments while communicating with law enforcement agencies, courts, attorneys, clients, witnesses and the public.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of crime and justice, policing, laws, Constitutional requirements, legally defined procedures, courts and corrections when applied to the diverse and multicultural nature of society.

Class Requirements


Communications (6 hrs.)

ENGL 111         Composition and Rhetoric (3)

SPCH 111         Public Speaking (3)


SPCH 225         Small Group Communication (3)

Mathematics (3 hrs.)

BSAD 112         Business Math (3)


MATH 119       Applications of Mathematics for Nonscience Majors (3) or higher

Laboratory Science (4 hrs.)

CRJS 135          Forensic Science I (4)

Social/Behavioral Sciences (6 hrs.)

Choose from the following:

BSAD 235         Human Relations in the Workplace (3)

HUSV 200        Psychology of Addictive Behavior (3)

PSYC 111         Psychology I (3)

PSYC 240         Abnormal Psychology (3)

SOCI 216          Race, Class and Gender (3)

Humanities and Fine Arts (4 hrs.)

SPAN 111         Beginning Spanish I (4) þ


SPAN 113         Beginning Heritage Spanish I (4) þ

The combined total of Social and Behavioral Sciences
and Humanities and Fine Arts areas should equal
9 credit hours.

Health and Wellness (1 hr.)



CRJS 111          Introduction to Criminal Justice (3)

CRJS 120          Courtroom Survival for Law

Enforcement (3)

CRJS 121          Report Writing for Law enforcement (3)

CRJS 201          Ethics of Law Enforcement (3)

CRJS 203          Criminal Law and Procedure (3)

CRJS 232          Crime Profiling (3)

OFTC 111         Business Software Essentials I (4)



(15 HRS.) CIP: 43.0103

CRJS 205          Law Enforcement Supervision –

First Line (3)

CRJS 206           Law Enforcement Supervision –

Command Level (3)

CRJS 207          Law Enforcement Supervision –

Executive Level (3)

CRJS 214          Police and Patrol (3)

CRJS 231          Criminal Investigations (3)



(18 HRS.) CIP: 43.0107

CRJS 115          Foundations of Professional

Investigation (3)

CRJS 119          Crime Scene Investigation (3)

CRJS 204          The Law and the Professional

Investigator (3)

CRJS 231          Criminal Investigations (3)

CRJS 236          Forensic Science II (3)

CRJS 251          Death Investigation (3)



CIP: 43.0107

CRJS 115          Foundations of Professional

Investigation (3)

CRJS 133          Cyber Crime (3)

CRJS 204          The Law and the Professional

Investigator (3)

CRJS 215          Investigative Surveillance (3)

CRJS 231          Criminal Investigations (3)

Six credit hours of the A.A.A. and A.A.S. must come from an approved list of courses that satisfy the following requirements. These are not meant to be additional hours in the degree but are, instead, existing courses that satisfy the requirement and appear anywhere in the degree.

  • Cultural Perspectives (3 credit hours)
  • Sustainable Living (3 credit hours)