Program Overview

The Associate in Science Degree in Administration of Justice for Transfer, 60 units total, 18 units in the major, prepares students for transfer to complete work for a bachelor's degree in criminal justice or economic crime investigation. Upon completion of this program students will be able to describe the individual functions and components of the modern criminal justice system; use introductory concepts of legal research to locate, analyze, and discuss the content of statutory and case law; explain the underlying cause of antisocial and criminal behavior; examine criminal justice and/or social science data and explain their significance; apply constitutional principles to the practice of criminal justice, and articulate, either orally or in writing, concepts or theories applicable to the criminal justice system. Proper selection of curriculum electives further enables students to study other academic disciplines, such as political science, sociology, and public administration.

This program is appropriate for students considering law school as well as certain careers in law enforcement. To complete the degree, students must fulfill 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements. As well as a minimum of 18 semester units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the Kern Community College District Board of Trustees. Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges

    Cerro Coso Community College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).


    Graduates of accredited high schools; or have the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) certificate or the General Education Development (GED) certificate; or be 18 years of age or older and able to benefit from the college's instructional programs.

    School Overview

    First established in 1973, Cerro Coso Community College is a two-year, public school, and one of three higher educational institutions within the Kern Community College District. As part of the school’s mission and philosophy statement, CCCC retains a vision to “be recognized as a leader in higher education, a source of programs and services for tomorrow’s workforce, a model for student learning, and a partner with its diverse clientele and communities.”

    Cerro Coso Community College is approved to award associate's degrees, and these include degrees for transfer into four-year programs. Added programs of study include certificates, career development, job skills, occupational training, and workforce education programs. CC Online is the distance education campus within Cerro Coso Community College that provides students with a wide range of associate’s degrees and certificate programs.


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