Police Science


Core Courses

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Police Operations
  • Traffic Law
  • Criminal Evidence
  • Advanced Accident Investigation
  • Criminal and Constitutional Law
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Criminology
  • Basic and Advanced Firearms
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Physical Conditioning for Public Services
  • Emergency Medical Responder
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Report Writing and Testifying
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Tactical Police Operations
  • Internship

Students convicted of a felony will not be allowed to enroll in the Firearms and Practicum courses and will not graduate from the Police Science program. Learn how your criminal history matters.

Program Details

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Required number of credits: 62
Program Start: Fall

View Suggested Sequence of Study & Course Cost



Graduates are eligible to work in a variety of capacities within the criminal justice field, including city and county law enforcement agencies, corrections and probation systems, and private/corporate security. Additional education and experience may be required to work in specific capacities at the state and federal levels.

The ability to be hired by a law enforcement agency may be impaired by any arrest record, juvenile or adult. Learn how your criminal history matters.

Example Careers and Average Wages

Entry Average Experienced
Gaming Surveillance Officers and Gaming Investigators $22,700 $32,600 $37,500
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers $40,900 $56,600 $64,500
Private/Corporate Security Officers $19,900 $27,700 $31,600

Source: 2018 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development


The following is a list of employers who have hired graduates from this program:

  • Police departments throughout Iowa
  • County sheriff’s offices throughout Iowa
  • Iowa State Patrol
  • Iowa Department of Motor Vehicle Enforcement
  • Local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies throughout the United States

Admissions Requirements

Step #1: Apply at Hawkeye

  1. Complete Hawkeye's online admissions application to apply and be considered for the Police Science program.

  2. Request to have your transcripts sent to the Admissions office.

Step #2: Basic Skill Competencies

In order to be eligible for the Police Science program, all students must meet minimum score requirements and/or successfully complete the required college success courses in English, reading, and math with a "C" grade or higher at Hawkeye Community College or comparable courses at another accredited college. For appropriate college success course placement, work with your program advisor.

Minimum score requirements
16 Reading 58 Reading 69 Reading 239 Reading
16 English 64 Sentence Skills 41 Writing 240 Writing
14 Math 40 Arithmetic 24 Pre-Algebra 240 Arithmetic
241 Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics

Step #3: Program Acceptance

Applicants meeting the Basic Skill Competencies Requirements criteria are eligible for acceptance.

Applicants not meeting the Basic Skill Competencies Requirements criteria will be accepted to a Pre-Program. As a pre-program student, you will begin with general education and prerequisite classes. An advisor will help you create an academic plan to meet your program admission requirements. Once you have completed your pre-program coursework contact Admissions.

Equal Opportunity Statement

Contact Us

Admissions Email us 319-296-4000 Hawkeye Center 114
Academic/College Success Advisor Laurie Plum Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1065 Health Education and Services Center 205
Program Advisor Michael Leary Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1069 Health Education and Services Center 222A
Program Advisor Jane Wagner Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1400 Health Education and Services Center 222B
Program Advisor Traci Ciepiela Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1330 Health Education and Services Center 222D
Administrative Assistant Brenda Bartz Email me 319-296-4010 Health Education and Services Center 222
Dean Dr. Gene Leutzinger, DNP Email me 319-296-4457 Grundy Hall 135
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