Associate in Science
The mission of the Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Criminal Justice Technology is to educate, train, and develop students for entry-level positions in the criminal justice system. The curriculum emphasizes the development of introductory knowledge of criminological theories and ethics in the criminal justice system, along with communication and critical thinking skills. The program has an applied focus on corrections, courts, policing, juvenile justice, and victim service professions.
The Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Criminal Justice Technology is designed to prepare its graduates with entry-level skills for employment in the criminal justice system. The program emphasizes knowledge of criminological theories, ethics, criminal justice system components, communication, and critical thinking skills. The program has an applied focus on corrections, courts, policing, juvenile justice, and victim service professions. This degree is part of a pre-College program: A. Philip Randolph High School’s Public Safety Magnet Program offers dual enrollment to work toward this associate in science degree.
Students may be eligible to receive college credits for Florida Department of Law Enforcement Certifications as Law Enforcement or Corrections Officers (completion of an academy program/career certificate is required). See a program advisor for the most current information.
A technical certificate, Criminal Justice Technology Specialist (6420) (T.C.) , is included as an option within this degree program. Students may pursue the A.S. degree and earn the technical certificate while completing the requirements for the degree, or pursue the certificate to develop or upgrade their skills. Contact an advisor to determine the career education path that is best for you.
Please note that by being enrolled in this degree program you may automatically meet the requirements for the aforementioned technical certificate. If you meet the requirements for the technical certificate, as a result of being enrolled in this degree program, you may automatically be awarded the technical certificate upon meeting its requirements as well. If you choose to opt out of this automatic awarding of a technical certificate, please contact an advisor to do so.
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General Education Coursework
Credit Hours: 15
Credit Hours: 36
Professional Elective Coursework
Minimum Credit Hours: 9
Total Credit Hours: 60
Record of Conviction of a Crime
If the students enroll in an internship or cooperative education class and are seeking experience at a law enforcement agency or facility under Children and Family Services then a background check is performed by the law enforcement agency or facility, and the student may be denied employment (paid or non-paid) based on their criminal record.
In order to be awarded the associate in science degree, students must have met the following requirements:
- Fulfill all academic requirements for the chosen program of study as outlined in the Florida State College at Jacksonville catalog and curriculum.
- Earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) at Florida State College at Jacksonville in courses eligible toward the Associate in Science degree programs, excluding developmental education courses (A.S. Florida State College at Jacksonville GPA).
- Earned an all-college cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) on a 4.0 scale on all courses attempted. This includes Florida State College at Jacksonville college-credit semester hours and transferred credits (excluding developmental education) in lower division courses (All college cumulative).
- Complete a minimum of 25 percent of the total hours required for the program in residence at Florida State College at Jacksonville. Credit by examination and credit for prior learning do not count toward this residency requirement.
- Complete the required semester hours, as specified by the degree, of which a minimum of 15 semester hours must be General Education requirements.
- Demonstrated competency in civic literacy in accordance with s. 1007.25, Florida Statutes (F.S.) at bit.ly/FS-gen-ed-courses and State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.02413, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.) at bit.ly/FR-civic-lit-comp. Pursuant to guidelines established by Senate Bill 1108, competency is demonstrated by completion of one of two civic literacy courses (either AMH 2020 or POS 2041 ) with a grade of C or higher AND by achievement of the standard score on a state-approved assessment.
- Earned a grade of a C or higher in each course used to satisfy the general education requirements and any other area designated with a C or higher requirement.
- Fulfill all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before graduating.
Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.
- A student’s graduation date will be the date of the end of the College term in which the student has fulfilled all academic requirements. (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students’ graduation dates since the grade change is effective at the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up.)
- Students who enter under the (2022/2023) catalog will be assigned to the degree or certificate requirements in effect during the 2022/2023 academic year. The student’s assigned catalog year will remain in effect as long as the student maintains continuous enrollment. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
- Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite and/or corequisite courses which are listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.
- Students who place into developmental education courses are required to complete designated developmental education courses with a grade of C or higher regardless of program of study.
The Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science degree programs are intended primarily for students who desire to complete an Associate in Science degree or an Associate in Applied Science degree and become employed. Students who decide to pursue baccalaureate transfer study must meet certain course and test requirements. For details, visit the Transfer Services page at fscj.edu/transferservices or refer to the Baccalaureate Transfer Guide at fscj.edu/transferguide.