Public Safety

​Criminal Justice AAS Degree 201​7-1​8

Public Safety

Criminal Justice AAS Degree

Schoolcraft program code # AAS.00086

The criminal justice system is a complex system of thousands of federal, state and local agencies interconnected by the individuals that work in this field. Employment at any level in criminal justice requires an understanding of the sociological, psychological, biological and environmental factors that may influence deviant or criminal behavior. Employees of the criminal justice system use developed skills to investigate human behaviors and take the appropriate measures to ensure the safety of society. The criminal justice associate in applied science degree program objectives assist existing employees of the criminal justice system and prepares students for full employment in this field.

All courses are not offered each semester. Students should work with an academic advisor or counselor to develop a schedule that will work for them. Students who satisfactorily complete all college and program requirements qualify for an associate in applied science degree.

​Curriculum Guide (PDF)

Download the Curriculum GuideCriminal Justice AAS Degree

First Year - Fall Semester
CJ 113
Introduction to Criminal Justice System
CJ 102
Organization and Administration of Law Enforcement Agencies
POLS 105
Survey of American Government
COMA 103
Fundamentals of Speech
ENG 101 English Composition 1

Total Credits: 15

First Year - Winter Semester
HUM 106
Introduction to Art and Music
COR 110
Introduction to Corrections
CJ 104
Introduction to Security
Human Relations
    ENG 116
    ENG 102
Select one
Technical Writing
English Composition 2
CJ 107 Police Field Operations 3

Total Credits: ​16

Second Year - Fall Semester
CJ 209
Basic Criminalistics
CJ 211
Criminal Law and Procedure
BIOL 103
Health Education
CIS 105*
Computer Orientation
MATH 101
Business Mathematics
Elective** Course

Total Credits: 16

Second Year - Winter Semester
CJ 201
Criminal Investigation
CJ 212
CJ 221
Juvenile Justice
SOC 201
Principles of Sociology
CIS 115
Introduction to Computer Based Systems

Total Credits: ​15

Program Total 62 Credits

* CIS 105 may be waived if student has successfully completed a high school computer course or equivalent within the past five years.

** Any 100- or 200-level course not previously taken.

Students planning to transfer should check the transfer institution’s requirements/guides or discuss their options with a counselor or advisor. Number of credits may vary depending on the course selection.

For more information about certification please contact:
Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES)
106 W. Allegan Street, Suite #600,
Lansing, MI 48933



Schoolcraft Degree AAS - Associate in Applied Science
Another program code may be specified for specific programs, such as those used for Accounting through Welding.
Description By obtaining an associate in applied science (AAS) degree, students will be prepared to seek employment in their chosen field. To explore transferability options, it is recommended that students meet with a counselor or academic advisor.
Degree Focus Occupational (Transfer possible through articulation): Completion of a specified set of occupational courses that satisfy the development of occupational skills, as well as a broad distribution of liberal arts courses used to achieve a general education.
English Communication Minimum 6 credit hours.
Completion of a minimum of two English communication courses within a set of courses.
ENG 101 and ENG 102* or ENG 102 and ENG 221* or
ENG 102 and COMA 103* or ENG 221 and COMA 103*
ENG 100X and ENG 106X or ENG 100X and ENG 116X or
ENG 101 and ENG 106X or ENG 101 and ENG 107X or
ENG 101 and ENG 116X
Humanities* Minimum 1 credit hour.
Completion of a minimum of one humanities course.
Art, Communication Arts, English (Literature), Foreign Language, History+, Humanities, Music, Philosophy or Theatre
Mathematics Minimum 3 credit hours.
Completion of a minimum of one mathematics course.
Natural Sciences Minimum 3 credit hours.
Completion of a minimum of one natural science course.
Biology, Chemistry, Geography+, Geology, Nutrition or Physics
Social Sciences* Minimum 3 credit hours.
Completion of a minimum of one social science course.
Anthropology, Geography+, History+, Political Science, Psychology or Sociology
Major Area of Study Minimum 16-44 credit hours in a major concentration area which are identified and listed in the program requirements which are specific or supportive of the occupational goals.
General Electives Completion of a range of occupational or liberal arts courses that support the development of occupational skills or Schoolcraft College (SC) General Education requirements.
Course Level All courses that apply to this degree must be at the 100-through 400-level with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.
Credit Requirement Minimum 60 credit hours.
Institutional Requirements Completion of all Schoolcraft College Core Abilities and a minimum of 16 credit hour associate-level Schoolcraft College General Education requirements in English, humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, and social sciences.
The Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) may be used to fulfill the Schoolcraft College General Education requirements.
PLEASE NOTE: Students may not use the same History course to satisfy both the humanities and social sciences distribution area. Additionally, students may not use COMA 103* to satisfy both the humanities and English communications distribution area.
Only certain Geography courses can be used for a natural science or social science course.
Types of Courses There are three (3) types of courses that may be used toward fulfilling associate degrees at Schoolcraft College:
  1. Liberal ArtsL courses will typically transfer to another institution. They provide general knowledge and theory in the arts, language and communication, humanities, natural sciences, math and social sciences.
  2. Schoolcraft-only General Education courses are a set of Liberal Arts courses which provide general knowledge and application opportunities. Courses may or may not transfer to another institution.
  3. Occupational courses (BOLD) have a direct career relationship and focus on developing necessary knowledge and skills to enter the work force within the chosen field of study.
    Courses may or may not transfer to another institution. No SC occupational courses may be used toward SC General Education or to meet the requirements for MTA.
Courses that may transfer or be used toward fulfilling the requirements of general education at Schoolcraft College may be found on Schoolcraft College’s General Education and Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) list. While applied or occupational courses provide immediate skill-building opportunities, their transferability and value should be discussed with a counselor or academic advisor.
Key ITALICIZED text = Courses that may only be used to satisfy Schoolcraft General Education requirements, but do not qualify to meet MTA requirements.
Non-ITALICIZED text = Every non-italicized course on this list may be used to satisfy the requirements of MTA.
* = Only these courses or combination of courses may be used to satisfy the final requirement for MTA Mathematics or English Communications.
Superscript L = Lab Science
Subscript X = Schoolcraft-only General Education. (Courses may or may not transfer to another institution.)
Superscript + = Students may not use the same History course to satisfy both the humanities and social sciences or COMA 103* to satisfy both humanities and English communications. Only certain Geography courses can be used for a natural science or social science course.
BOLD = Occupational Courses

​Public Safety

Preparing for Success in this Growing Field

Certificate and Degree Options

  • Criminal Justice AAS Degree and Criminal Justice AAS Degree with Academy
  • Emergency Medical Technology Skills Certificate
  • EMT: Paramedic Certificate and AAS Degree
  • Fire Technology AAS Degree and AAS Degree with Academy
  • Homeland Security AAS Degree

What can I do?

  • Police officer
  • Fire fighter
  • Paramedic/EMT
  • Homeland Security

What can I earn?

$31,700 to $58,630*

*Median salary according to Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014

Public Safety is a vital part of society and the need for police officers, fire fighters, emergency medical technicians/paramedics, and homeland security personnel continues to grow.

Schoolcraft College offers four areas of study and various certificate and degree options to prepare you for a variety of careers in this field.

Our Public Safety programs focus on:

  • Top-notch faculty with extensive professional experience. Our faculty includes former fire firefighters and fire chiefs, police officers, detectives, and paramedics
  • Hands-on training in state-of-the-art Public Safety training facilities to give you “real-world experience.”
    • The Public Safety Training Complex in Livonia houses the Police and Fire Academies including an indoor firearms training simulator, firing range, fire tower, 10-acre driving pad, trench and small-space simulators.
    • The Emergency Medical Technology program in Garden City features a full-scale rescue vehicle and state-of-the-art Manikin simulators.

Career and Salary Outlook

Job openings in the Public Safety sector for police officers and emergency medical technicians are expected to increase nearly 5% through 2024; jobs for fire fighters and emergency medical technicians/paramedics are expected to grow by 24%.

Many of the area’s Public Safety personnel are graduates of our programs. In fact, nearly every community in southeast Michigan has at least one Schoolcraft College grad serving in their ranks and many of our alumni are high-ranking officers and hold leadership roles in their communities.

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