Criminal Justice

Degree Information

Associate in Science Degree Criminal Justice

Required Courses:

Dept. /No.   Title     Units
CJ-001 Introduction to Criminal Justice -3
CJ-002 Criminal Law -3
CJ-003 Criminal Evidence and Procedure -3
CJ-005A Community Relations in Law Enforcement -3
CJ-006 Principles of Criminal Investigations -3
CJ-032 Introduction to Criminology -3

Select six (6) units from the following:
Criminal Justice (CJ) courses are the preferred electives.
ANTH-002, ASL-001, BUMA-020A, CIS-070A, CJ-007, CJ-010, CJ-030,
HIST-018, PHIL-013, PHIL-014, PS-001, PSY-001, PSY-010, PSY-020,
PSY-033, SOC-001, SOC-002, SOC-010, SOC-014, SP-004, SP-007,
SP-015 -6

Total Units for the Major -24
Minimum General Education (CSU GE or IGETC) Units -37-40
Transferable elective units as needed.
Advisor: Faculty 

Criminal Justice Overview

Students desiring careers in Criminal Justice may elect a program of study designed for upper division transfer, or one which is oriented toward job entry with employment at a local, State, or Federal Law Enforcement Agency. Students intending to transfer to a four-year college should consult that college for specific requirements, visit the Assist website at, and consult with a CMC counselor. Students planning to pursue a career in Criminal Justice after graduation should include more specialization and emphasis in these courses. There are certain minimum physical and good moral character requirements for peace officers. Students may obtain more specific information about those requirements from the department staff . Students who are transferring to Copper Mountain College from another college must take at least six (6) units of Criminal Justice courses at Copper Mountain College, in addition to regular required courses to be eligible for graduation. Certification and approval of the Criminal Justice curriculum has been received from the California State Commission of Peace Officer Standards and Training.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a global awareness of criminal justice systems and related legal procedures (Institutional SLOs: Personal Development)
2. Identify concepts and trends associated with criminal justice research. (Institutional SLOs: Communication Skills)
3. Apply critical thinking to the use of various terminologies and theoretical constructs associated with criminal justice (Institutional
SLOs: Information Competency and Critical Thinking Skills)
4. Demonstrate competency in criminal justice methods, diversity, and various core principals associated with criminal justice in
America. (Institutional SLOs: Ethics)

Students must complete the required courses for their major. General education units, transferable electives, and total degree units will vary for each student.  Some considerations include the courses (and their respective units) chosen to complete a general education area or transferable elective, and if required courses  for your major also count toward a general education area. Please see your academic counselor to help you reach your educational goals.