Programs And Courses

Legal and Public Safety
Legal and Public Safety

Police Science - Associate in Applied Science (AAS) (6806)

Do you have an interest in an entry-level job in law enforcement? Are you looking to begin your career in the near future?  Our Police Science program can be your stepping stone to a fulfilling career in law enforcement.


Upon completion of our Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in police science, you’ll be prepared for the workforce or to continue your education in police science. After graduating from our Police Science program, you’ll be ready for local or national employment. Graduates of our program have become:

  • Agents for specialized law-enforcement agencies
  • Evidence technicians
  • Municipal or state police officers
  • Private investigators
  • Private security supervisors


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Our program provides practical training in our criminalistics laboratory, one of the best-equipped crime laboratories in Pennsylvania. You’ll receive hands-on experience in:

  • Bloodstain pattern analysis
  • Crime scene processing
  • Fingerprint analysis
  • Firearms examination
  • Forensic pathology
  • Microscopy
  • Police photography
  • Polygraph
  • Shooting reconstruction

Over the two years, you will:

  • Discuss the history, philosophy and organization of law enforcement and criminal justice systems
  • Apply principles of police management and operations
  • Demonstrate the proper methods of collection, documentation and preservation of evidence
  • Identify the technologies commonly operated by police agencies
  • Practice the management and techniques of patrol operations
  • Distinguish between the various theories that identify the causes of criminal behavior
  • Explain the history, theory and application of criminal law

You may need to submit an ACT 34 Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Background Check before you enroll in our program, begin your field experience, take a qualifying police test or seek employment.

  • View summaries of every course at HACC by browsing our class schedules database.
  • Review our program guide (pdf) to view a list of required courses, recommended course sequencing and program competencies.
  • Browse our advising checksheet (pdf), which is also an excellent tool to help you personalize your course load each term and manage your overall advancement through our programs.

Conveniently YOURS, our programs are designed to be flexible enough to transfer to a wide variety of four-year colleges and universities with no loss of credit. However, each individual college has its own unique program. We encourage you to select a four-year school as soon as possible. This will allow you to learn the transfer college’s program requirements so you can take the proper classes at HACC.

You can complete the entire Police Science program at our Harrisburg Campus.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, please visit this webpage to review the most up-to-date details about how courses are being offered.



Thanks to the HACC Foundation, you can apply for approximately 200 scholarships to help you meet your academic goals. Please visit to learn how to apply.



We offer classes in the spring, summer and fall. You can apply anytime on our website. Please submit your application online using the specific program code 6806. This code ensures you’re applying for the correct program.



If you want to pursue the honorable profession of law enforcement, we want to help you achieve YOUR goals at HACC. To learn more about our Police Science program, please contact an admissions counselor or the social science department chair, Mark Nelson, to request more information today. 


Jeffrey Shrawder, police science student

Meet Jeffrey: First-Generation Police Science Student

Every time I walk out of class, there will be a party or some kind of awesome event going on, and it definitely brightens up the mood of being at college.

Read about the college experience from Jeffrey’s point of view.

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