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2018-2019 Catalog Year
Criminal Justice : General
Associate of Applied Science

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The general criminal justice degree is designed to ease the transfer process for the University of Nevada, Reno, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, or any other four-year institution.

Salary: $48,870–$72,370 / year (Nevada)

Career Outlook: Average Growth

Good To Know: Society's emphasis on public safety and security may lead to new openings; jobs will be competitive because of low turnover rate.


The purpose of the criminal justice degree is to provide the academic knowledge and skills in the criminal justice field.

Student Outcomes:

Students who complete their Associate of​ ​​Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice are expected to demonstrate that they​:

  • Meet the general education requirements of WNC
  • Maintain proper professional attitude for law enforcement
  • Articulate the legal requirements of search and seizure
  • Recognize and evaluate criminal law
  • Process crime scenes
  • Analyze theories for committing crimes
  • Maintain vocabulary necessary for Criminal Justice
  • Have an acute awareness of cultural diversity
  • Maintain crime scenes

A minimum of 60 total credits chosen from the following categories:

Program Requirements36 Units (Credits)

CRJ 101*Introduction to Criminal Justice I3
CRJ 102*Introduction to Criminal Justice II3
CRJ 106*Introduction to Corrections3
CRJ 155Juvenile Justice System3
CRJ 164Principles of Investigation3
CRJ 211*Police in America3
CRJ 222*Criminal Law and Procedure3
CRJ 225Criminal Evidence3
CRJ 234*Introduction to the Courts and American Legal System3
CRJ 270Introduction to Criminology3
Choose 6 units from the following:
ART 135 Photography I3
ART 141 Introduction to Digital Photography I3
BUS 107 Business Speech Communications3
COM 101 Oral Communications3
CPD 116 Substance Abuse-Fundamental Facts3
CPD 117 Introduction to Counseling3
CPD 129 Communication Techniques1
STAT 152 Introduction to Statistics3
SW 230 Crisis Intervention3
Any CRJ Course 1-6
Any IS, COT, or CIT Course 1-6
Any Foreign Language 1-6
Any PSY or SOC1-6

General Education Requirements24 Units (Credits)

English/Communications Requirements
ENG 101 & ENG 102 Recommended
Humanities Requirement: 3 Units (Credits)3
Mathematics Requirement
Recommended MATH 120* or higher
Science Requirement3
U.S. and Nevada Constitution Requirements3
General Electives6

*Direct transfer to UNR and UNLV for CRJ major.

Suggested Course Sequence

Program Requirements: 60 Credits. Please see a counselor or academic advisor for more information.

1st Year

First Semester: 15 Credits

CRJ 101 3
ENG 101 3
General Elective 3
Humanities Course 3
Program Elective 3

Second Semester: 15 Credits

CRJ 102 3
CRJ 106 3
CRJ 164 3
ENG 102 3
Mathematics Course 3

2nd Year

Third Semester: 15 Credits

CRJ 211 3
CRJ 222 3
CRJ 234 3
Program Elective 3
Science Requirement 3

Fourth Semester: 15 Credits

CRJ 225 3
CRJ 270 3
General Elective Course 3
Program Elective 3
U.S./Nevada Constitution 3