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Program Snapshot
Academic CredentialAssociate in Science (AS)
Total Credit Hours60
Average Time to Complete2 yrs.
Academic PathwayPublic Safety
AdvisorDaryl White
Associate Director, Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Programs
850.769.1551, ext. 5613

Senior Administrative AssistantElizabeth Kelly

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Criminal Justice Technology, AS

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 AS degree at Gulf Coast State College.

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Criminal Justice Technology Requirements


English I
Visual & Performing Arts or
Philosophy/Religion or
Select one from a list of Math courses
Physical Sciences
Biological Sciences
Psychology or Sociology
American National Government
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.) 
Electives and Core Courses

A complete list of courses with descriptions can be found in the Catalog

What can you do with a Criminal Justice Degree?

What careers are possible with an AS 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

Gulf Coast alumni of this program have continued their education at:

Florida State University
University of Florida
University of West Florida

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Who is Eligible for the Criminal Justice Technology, AS 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.

Why Choose Gulf Coast State College to Earn Your Degree?

  • 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.
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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.

Are you ready to get Started ?

How to apply to the Nursing 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.


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


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Gulf Coast State College does not discriminate against any person in its programs, activities, policies or procedures on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, marital status, religion, age, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. All questions or inquiries regarding compliance with laws relating to non-discrimination and all complaints regarding sexual misconduct or discrimination, may be directed to Lee Wood, Executive Director, Human Resources/Title II/504/Title IX Coordinator and Employment Equity Officer, Gulf Coast State College, 5230 W. US Highway 98, Panama City, FL 32401.