A.S. in Correctional Science

The A.S. Degree in Correctional Science provides the student with career preparation for entry-level or career growth in fields such as corrections officer, jailor, or youth group supervisor in institutional and community corrections as well as private and paraprofessional positions at local, state, and federal levels. The principles of correctional science are enhanced by the range of courses in the general education pattern to prepare the student for transfer to a four year college or university.

A.S. Degree Level Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Correctional Science A.S. Degree will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the function, duties, and responsibilities of the correctional component of the criminal justice system.
  2. Identify legal responsibilities and inmate rights as they apply to institutional and community oriented corrections.
  3. Recognize the requirements for entry level employment and the selection and training mandates for correctional personnel at the local, state, and federal levels.

This degree requires meeting the Citrus College General Education and proficiency requirements combined with successful completion (grades of “C” and above) of the following major requirements:

Required courses:
AJ 130Introduction to Probation and Parole3
AJ 131Introduction to Corrections3
AJ 135Control and Supervision in Corrections3
AJ 137Legal Aspects of Corrections3
Select two (2) of the following courses:
Introduction to the Administration of Justice3
Concepts of Criminal Law3
Legal Aspects of Evidence3
Juvenile Procedures3
Criminal Court Process3
Community and the Justice System3
Correctional Interviewing and Counseling3
Total Units18

2-Year Curriculum Map Example
This map represents one possible pathway through the program and is only for reference.

*It is highly recommended that you make an appointment to create a customized education plan that fits your needs.

Note: Co-requisite MATH course (2 units) and/or substitute ENGL 101E (5 units) may be needed based on placement.

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Term 1Units
AJ 101 Introduction to the Administration of Justice 3
AJ 130 Introduction to Probation and Parole 3
ENGL 101
Reading and Composition
or Reading and Composition - Honors
COUN 160
Strategies for College Success
or Pathways to Careers in the Social and Behavioral Sciences
Winter Term 1
MATH 165
Introductory Statistics
or Introductory Statistics - Honors
Spring Term 1
AJ 102 Concepts of Criminal Law 3
AJ 131 Introduction to Corrections 3
ENGL 103
Composition and Critical Thinking
or Composition and Critical Thinking - Honors
or Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking
or Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking - Honors
SPCH 100
Interpersonal Communication
or Interpersonal Communication - Honors
or Public Address
or Public Address - Honors
or Small Group Communication
Summer Term 1
ARCH 250
History of Architecture: Prehistory to Mannerism
or History of Architecture: Baroque to the Present Day
or Art History - Fundamentals of Global Art History
or Art History - Topics in Contemporary Art
or History of Photography
or Introduction to the Visual Arts
or Motion Picture Appreciation
or Motion Picture Appreciation - Honors
or History of Dance
or History of Rock and Roll
or Introduction to Theatre Arts
or Introduction to Theatre Arts - Honors
ETHN 101
Introduction to Ethnic Studies
or Introduction to Chicano/Latino Studies
Fall Term 2
AJ 135 Control and Supervision in Corrections 3
AJ 137 Legal Aspects of Corrections 3
BIOL 105
General Biology
or General Biology - Honors
KIN 170
Fitness for Life
or Health and Wellness
or Health and Wellness - Honors
or Introduction to Nutrition
Winter Term 2
POLI 103
American Government and Politics
or American Government and Politics - Honors
Spring Term 2
HIST 107
History of the United States before 1877
or History of the United States before 1877 - Honors
or History of the United States since 1877
or History of the United States since 1877 - Honors
or History of Women in the United States
ANTH 210
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
or Introduction to Cultural Anthropology - Honors
or Introduction to Psychology
or Introduction to Psychology - Honors
or Introduction to Sociology
or Introduction to Sociology - Honors
ASTR 115
Planetary Astronomy
or Planetary Astronomy - Honors
or Life In The Universe
or Physical Oceanography
or Introduction to Forest Ecology
or Physical Geography
or Introduction to Weather and Climate
ENGL 290
Ethnic Voices in Film
or Children's Literature
or Children's Literature - Honors
or Literature of the Bible
or American Food And Culture: Global Origins, History, and Current Impacts
or Great Religions of the World
or Introduction to LGBTQ Studies
 Total Units63

Career Opportunities

There are a variety of careers you can do with this major.


To explore more about this major, schedule an appointment with a career counselor.