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Police Science

Program Pathway

Police Science Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree

Program Details

Award Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Credits 61
Program Start Fall
Number of Terms 4
Time to Complete 2 years
Admissions Application Select Academic Program:
Police Science – AAS
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Suggested Sequence of Study and Cost

Program Courses

Term 1
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Police Operations
  • Traffic Law
Term 2
  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Justice Ethics
  • Employment Strategies for Criminal Justice
  • Juvenile Justice
Term 3
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Criminology
  • Current Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Physical Conditioning for Public Services
Term 4
  • Advanced Firearms
  • Basic Firearms
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Internship
  • Report Writing and Testifying
  • Tactical Police Operations

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.

See the Suggested Sequence of Study for the full list of courses, cost, and additional course details.

You have completed the Police Science Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program. Check out the Law Enforcement continuing education courses to keep up to date in your profession.



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
Detectives and Criminal Investigators $59,400 $85,700 $98,800
Gambling Surveillance Officers and Gambling Investigators $27,200 $33,700 $36,900
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers $49,200 $65,300 $73,300
Security Guards $23,800 $35,900 $41,900

Source: 2022 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

Program Admission

Step #1: Apply at Hawkeye

  1. Apply for admission at Hawkeye.

  2. Send official transcripts to Admissions.

If you have military or reserve officer training, send transcripts for evaluation to receive possible credit for your training.

Step #2: Demonstrate College Readiness

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
Math 40 Arithmetic 24 Pre-Algebra 14 240 Arithmetic
241 Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics
Reading 58 69 16 239 2.50
Writing 64 Sentence Skills 41 16 240 2.50

Step #3: Program Acceptance

Applicants successfully demonstrating college readiness criteria are eligible for acceptance.

Applicants falling short of successful demonstration of college readiness 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

Program Contacts

Email Admissions 319-296-4000 Hawkeye Center 114
Academic/College Success Advisor
Brittany Warren Email Brittany Warren 319-296-4014 ext.1086 Hawkeye Center 208J
Faculty Advisor
Last Names A – I
Michael Leary Email Michael Leary 319-296-2329 ext.1069 Health Education and Services Center 222A
Faculty Advisor
Last Names J – R
Jane Wagner Email Jane Wagner 319-296-2329 ext.1400 Health Education and Services Center 222B
Faculty Advisor
Last Names S – Z
Traci Ciepiela Email Traci Ciepiela 319-296-2329 ext.1330 Health Education and Services Center 222D
Administrative Assistant
Kathy Konrardy Email Kathy Konrardy 319-296-4012 Black Hawk Hall 258
Catharine Freeman Email Catharine Freeman 319-296-4041 Black Hawk Hall 258B

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