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Associate of Science in Administration of Justice

Program Details

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.


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.

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).