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Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science (B.A.A.S.)

The BAAS Criminal Justice track is designed for those students who wish to work in law enforcement, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice or Texas State Parks and Wildlife. It also provides a solid foundation for students who are interested in pursuing a further degree in a law related area.


In order to be a police officer in Texas, you do not need to have a bachelor’s degree; however, many of the police departments require their officers to have a minimum of 45-60 college credit hours in order to qualify for entry level position. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, jobs for police and sheriffs in Texas are projected to grow by 16% over the next 5 years.


Students who hope to work for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice as a Parole Officer and those students interested in a career as a Game Warden with Texas State Parks and Wildlife must have a bachelor’s degree.


B.A.A.S. students in the Criminal Justice track will be required to complete the course requirements listed on their degree plan.  Students must meet with the B.A.A.S. advisor to obtain an official degree plan and determine which previously completed courses are eligible to transfer.

Criminal Justice Degree Plan


BAAS Academic Advisor Contact Information:

Shannon Chambers
Office: Faculty Center 148
Phone: (361) 825.5931