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Criminal Justice

Are you ready for a challenging and exciting career protecting and serving the public? IRSC offers Associate degrees, Bachelor's degrees and academy track programs and for individuals seeking a career path in criminal justice.

Once You Complete the Program

After graduation from IRSC obtain a certification and/or join an association to advance your career development. Those graduating with an Associate Degree may choose to continue at IRSC by enrolling in a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice to examine all aspects of this exciting field, including criminal and delinquent behavior and its root causes; ethics and liability; evolving technologies; leadership skills; and the relationship between research, theory and practice.

Academic Plans/Guided Pathways for Criminal Justice Degree Programs

To view and print an Academic Plan/Guided Pathway, double-click on the program title.

For course descriptions, see the College Catalog.

Academic Plans/Guided Pathways are recommended sequences of courses and prerequisites needed to complete your degree. It is a general suggestion for when to take your courses; it is not a course schedule. Students should meet with their advisors to make appropriate course selections. The Academic Plans/Guided Pathways listed below are for the current academic year. Students should consult with their advisors for plan requirements specific to their academic year.

Criminal Justice A.A.

Complete your first two years of college at IRSC, and you’re guaranteed the right to transfer as a junior to a Bachelor’s Degree program at a Florida public university—or continue in a Bachelor’s Degree program at IRSC.

Associate in Science Degree Programs

An Associate Degree in Science in Criminal Justice Technology offers students the educational foundation for a successful leadership career in everything from local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to an insurance investigator. The program features Open Educational Resources (OER) for Criminal Justice courses, which provide customized materials and eliminate the need and cost for textbooks, saving students money. Students interested in virtual learning may complete the Criminal Justice Technology Associate in Science Degree program entirely online.*

IRSC also offers a Law Enforcement Academy Track, a two-year degree program in a para-military format designed to provide the student with the skills, abilities, and education for a successful law enforcement career. Students in this program will complete their Associate in Science Degree in Criminal Justice and the IRSC Law Enforcement Basic Recruit Academy. Students interested in the Track program, should visit the Law Enforcement—Academy Track program page.

Bachelor's of Science

The Bachelor's of Science in Criminal Justice will prepare you for a career in law enforcement and corrections, while providing a strong foundation for future program managers, policy analysts and graduate school candidates. Hands-on classes and in-depth topics explore a wide range of subjects that can be implemented throughout the criminal justice field. For those interested in virtual learning, Criminal Justice Bachelor's of Science Degree programs may be completed entirely online.

Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex

The Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex at Indian River State College (IRSC) is one of the most comprehensive, technologically advanced public safety training facilities in the nation. The 50-acre, eight-building Complex has gained national and international attention for its proactive approach to disaster prevention, response, recovery and relief. The Complex enables IRSC to combine criminal justice, fire science, emergency management, public administration, paralegal and human services education in one place for a coordinated response to all types of emergencies. This innovation in public service education provides students with access to quality instruction, integrating academics, technology and practical applications that lead to degrees and certifications in the public service sector.

At a local level, the proximity of the Complex to public safety agencies helps Treasure Coast communities save money on continuing education and enables them to easily work together to fine tune interagency response to hurricanes and other natural and man-made disasters. At a national level, specialized training and workshops attract thousands of public service professionals from around the nation. IRSC has hosted federal agencies for training to prepare for large-scale events.

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