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Law Enforcement Degree – Police Science Major

Program of Study

The Police Science program is a two year associate’s degree which includes the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy. Students who complete the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC) educational and legal requirements are eligible to sit for the state certification exam.

The career of police professionals has changed dramatically in recent years and society is expecting better educated officers. In many local areas, minimum requirements for entry-level police professional positions include associate degrees; high-level state and federal positions require baccalaureate or even law degrees.

The faculty has identified the following Learning Outcomes for all graduates:

  • Demonstrate psychomotor skills.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use a computer when writing a report.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use measuring devices at crime scenes.
  • Demonstrate the ability to gather, collect, store, and transport evidence from a crime scene without damaging it.
  • Demonstrate behavioral and social skills.
  • Demonstrate listening skills.
  • Demonstrate the proper search, questioning/interrogation, and arrest skills.
  • Have knowledge and proper use of terminology pertaining to law enforcement.
  • Be able to communicate orally with a wide variety of people.


  • Dispatcher
  • Police Officer
  • Ohio State Highway Trooper
  • Sheriff’s Deputy
  • Correctional Officer
  • Guard
  • Probation Officer
  • Juvenile Corrections Officer
  • Campus and Industrial Security




 Course  Course Name  Credit Hours
LAC  2030 Basic Law Academy I 14
LAC  2040 Basic Law Academy II
LEN  1100 Introduction to Criminal Justice (OSS031) 3
LEN  1400 Policing (OSS032)  3 
LEN  1700 Practicum
LEN 2200 Corrections (OSS033) 3
LEN 2400 Criminology (OSS034) 3
LEN  2040 Investigation Techniques
LEN  2090 Report Writing 3
LEN  2150 Community Relations 3

Total Technical Credit Hours: 43



Course  Course Name   Credit Hours 
GEN 1000 First-Year Seminar 1
CIT 1090 Computer Fundamentals 3
Choose One: ENG 1050/ENG 1020 College Composition I 3/5
HPE 1000 Physical Conditioning 1
HPE 1000 Physical Conditioning
HUM 1010 Critical Thinking
MTH 1110 Business Math*
PLS 1000 American Government
PSY 1210 General Psychology
SPE 2200 Interpersonal Communication 3


Total General Education and Related Credit Hours: 25/27


See your advisor for appropriate course selection.

*  Students should complete a 2000 level mathematics course if transferring.

All students graduating from Terra State Community College with an Associate degree of any kind will be functionally proficient in common computer operations and applications. Please see your academic advisor or academic division office for further details.

To determine when courses are scheduled, see the program curriculum sheet which is available from the Enrollment Services office in Building A/Room 100, or from the Engineering, Technologies, and Mathematics Division, Building E/Room 107.

Terra State Closed

Terra State will be closed Monday, May 25, 2015 in observance of Memorial Day.

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