Criminal Justice Technology, A.S.


Are you interested in police work?

Do you naturally defend and protect people in need? Do you feel angry when the law is broken putting both people and property at risk? If so, your perfect career choices may include law enforcement officers, or correctional officers. These careers require you to have good moral character and the strength to stand for the law. If you are up to the challenge, purse a Criminal Justice Technology A.S. degree at Gulf Coast State College.

What careers are possible with an A.S. degree in Criminal Justice?

This program awards credit for successful completion of Florida Basic Standards and for passing the State Officer Certification Examination. Completion of an Associate of Science degree will prepare you for employment and advancement in the following professions.

  • Law enforcement
  • Corrections officer

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Who is eligible for the Criminal Justice Technology, A.S. program?

If you have earned credits from a regionally accredited college or university, you may have a head start at Gulf Coast State College.  

Admission requirements include the following:

  • Citizen of United States.
  • High School diploma or GED (transcript required).
  • Not discharged from Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions.
  • Good moral character and NOT have been convicted of a felony, or any misdemeanor involving lying or perjury.
  • Physical examination by licensed physician, nurse practitioner or physician's assistant attesting capability of performing essential functions of the officer position.
  • Submit to and pass background investigation.
  • Passing score on Florida Basic Abilities Test.


  • You'll get a great education with one of the lowest tuition rates in the state.
  • With small class sizes and professors who care, you'll get the personal attention you deserve.
  • More than 90% of our graduates would recommend Gulf Coast State College to others.

How do I apply to the Criminal Justice Technology, A.S. program?

To apply, you’ll need to complete the Apply now  Visit the Gulf Coast admissions page to learn more about the application process.

Consult the Gulf Coast State College Catalog for specific program and course information.

How do I register for my classes?

Check out the class registration dates and plan your schedule today.

How do I apply for financial aid and scholarships?

There are many options available to help you pay for college. Find out more about scholarships and financial aid at Gulf Coast State College.

Program Requirements

2022-2023 Catalog Requirements

Communications Area CH
•+*ENC1101, English I 3
Humanities Area
See General Education Core Requirement 3
Mathematics Area
See General Education Core Requirement 3
Natural Sciences Area
See General Education Core Requirement 3
Social Sciences Area  
Behavioral Sciences •PSY2012 or •SYG2000, Psychology/Sociology 3
Government/History •@POS2041, American National Government 3
Major Courses

COBS and LEBS refer to State of Florida Correctional and Law Enforcement Officer certification training programs. SOCE refers to the State Officer Certification Examination related to those programs. All other training programs will be evaluated by designated advisor on an individual basis.

Law Enforcement Basic Standards (LEBS) (with passing SOCE) (15 hrs.) or Correctional Officer Basic Standards (COBS)(with passing SOCE) (12 crs.) 

Computer Usage Elective 3
CCJ1010, Introduction to Criminology 3
CCJ1020, Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
SPC1608, Introduction to Public Speaking 3
MAN2021, Principles of Management 3


+LEBS with passing SOCE elective hours (12) +COBS with passing SOCE elective hours (15). Other students without LEBS or COBS elective hours (27).  Electives: #CJC1000, CJC2162, #CJE1000, #CJE1500, #CJE2400, #CJE2600, #CJJ1001, CJL2100,CJL2130, or other electives as approved by advisor

Law Enforcement Total Core Hours (General Education Core Hours, 18; Major Course Hours, 15; +LEBS Elective Hours, 15; Other Elective Hours, 12) 30
Corrections Total Core Hours (General Education Core Hours, 18; Major Course Hours, 15; +COBS Elective Hours, 12; Other Elective Hours, 15) 27
Other Students Total Core Hours (General Education Core Hours, 18; Major Course Hours, 15; Other Elective Hours, 27) 15



• General Education Core.

+ Prerequisites and/or corequisites required. See course descriptions.

# Applies to A.S. degree and certificate programs.

= PSAV course.

* Minimum grade of "C" required.

@ Civic Literacy.

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Firing Range

Our North Bay Campus has all the facilities necessary to develop the skills needed in your new profession. Talk to the advisor today to see the variety of labs, ranges, and simulations that will be used during your training at Gulf Coast State College.


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Department Chair

Bruce Harber
850.769.1551 ext. 5601