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Criminal Justice Degree Options

COCC offers students two degree options within the criminal justice program:

Associate of Applied Science degree: This degree is designed for those students who wish to pursue a career in law enforcement or corrections. Most city and state law enforcement and correctional facilities require a high school diploma or GED. In Oregon, the competition for these jobs is intense. A college education is almost always a minimum requirement for the application process.  A criminal background check is also a requirement for any job in the criminal justice field. Criminal Background Information.

The Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree meets the State of Oregon Transfer degree requirements allowing students to transfer to an Oregon public university and some out-of-state universities having met all lower-division general education requirements; with the appropriate course planning, all lower division major requirements may also be met. Students should work closely with an advisor to select the best degree option and review specific transfer requirements.