Police Science

Program Description:

The Police Science Degree is offered in cooperation with the West Virginia State Police and is located at the State Police Academy in Institute, West Virginia. This program is not designed for regular full-time or part-time students.  Admission to this program is restricted to those accepted into the West Virginia State Police Cadet training corps. The State Police Academy currently serves the state of West Virginia as the only law enforcement training facility that has been approved by the Governor’s Committee on Crime, Delinquency, and Correction to provide mandatory entry-level police training.

•     The prospective student must be 21 years of age and meet the requirements of the State Police Academy.
•     State Police personnel complete a 30-week residential program in which all degree coursework, with the exception of the internship, is completed.
•     A field internship must be completed during the employee’s probationary employment period before the degree is awarded.

(Suggested Sequence)


Course Course Title Hours
CJS 111 Law Enforcement Orientation 3
CJS 113 Police Defense Tactics 2
CJS 120 Patrol Operations and Procedures 3
CJS 122 Police Arsenal and Weapons 3
CJS 231 Fundamentals of Criminal Law 3
CJS 233 Fundamentals of Criminal Investigation 3
CJS 235 Police Organization and Administration 3
CJS 237 Police Role in Crime and Delinquency 3
CJS 239 Criminal Evidence and Procedure 3
CJS 246 Police Records and Reports 3
CJS 248 Traffic Administration and Enforcement 3
CJS 290 Law Enforcement Internship3 9
EME 105 First on Scene 3
CJS 242 Police Community Relations4 3
CJS 244 Introduction to Criminalistics 4
COM 112 Oral Communication 3
ENL 111 Written Communication5 3
IT 101 Fundamentals of Computers (EDGE) 3
MAT 139 Mathematics for Police Science6 5


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