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Law Enforcement Transfer Pathway (AS) - 68 credits

Why Choose Law Enforcement?

This program offers great preparation to work in the police force, or to pursue other careers in law enforcement or criminal justice. You will get a well-rounded preparation in courses that apply to law enforcement, and have the opportunity to figure out which aspects interest you the most. The degree will allow you to take the POST Board license exam required to be a police officer in Minnesota.

Skills Acquired


Individuals who study law enforcement will learn skills in:

  • Written & presentation skills
  • Quantitative skills
  • Skills in research and scientific methodology
  • Critical thinking
  • Understand nature of crimes
  • Decision-making
  • Research strategies
  • Ethics and moral values
  • Interviewing skills
  • Broad understanding of criminal law the criminal justice system
  • Computer literacy
  • Knowledge of legal structure

Careers in Law Enforcement

Projected Job Growth

Employment of police and detectives is projected to grow 5% from 2012 to 2022.

Types of Jobs


Individuals who pursue Law Enforcement can qualify for positions such as:

  • Bailiffs
  • College Criminal Justice Teachers
  • Detectives and Criminal Investigators
  • Emergency Management Directors
  • Financial Examiners
  • Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers
  • Private Detectives and Investigators
  • Security Guards
  • Supervisors of Police Officers


Average Pay lists the median income in the state of Minnesota for detectives and criminal investigators as $68,598 annually ($32.98 per hour), and at $61,298 annually ($29.47) for police and sheriff patrol officers.



Law enforcement and police science programs prepare people to work as police and other security officers.

Degrees & Certificates in Law Enforcement

Normandale Community College offers an Associate's Degree in Law Enforcement


The Law Enforcement Transfer Pathway (AS) offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Science degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated Law Enforcement bachelor's degree programs at Minnesota State universities. The curriculum has been specifically designed so that students completing this pathway degree and transferring to one of the seven Minnesota State universities enter the university with junior-year status. All courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor's degree programs in a related field.

This program is designed to prepare students to be eligible to take the Minnesota Peace Officer Licensing Exam and eventually enter police work.

Universities within the Minnesota State system include Bemidji State University; Metropolitan State University; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Minnesota State University Moorhead; Southwest Minnesota State University; St. Cloud State University; and Winona State University.

Core Courses - 46-47 credits

Courses marked with an asterisk (*) are prerequisites for admission to the Law Enforcement Education Center (LEEC), must be completed with a minimum grade of C in each course, and require a minimum combined GPA of 2.5.

Code Title Credits
COMM 1111 Interpersonal Communication 3
ENGC 1101* Freshman Composition 4
ENGC 2102* Business and Technical Writing 3
EXSC 1129 Fitness for Life I 2
HLTH 2209 Emergency Medical Responder 3
PHIL 1103 Ethics 3
PSYC 1110* Introduction to Psychology 4
SOC 1104* Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC 2114* Families in Crisis 3
SOC 2130* Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
SOC 2131* Juvenile Justice 3
SOC 2132* Police and Community 3

Complete one of the following:

Code Title Credits
SOC 1101* Cultural Diversity 3
SOC 2110* American Minority Relations 3

Complete one of the following two courses:

Code Title Credits
POLS 2250 Constitutional Law 3
PSYC 2200 Abnormal Psychology 3

Additional Required Courses - 22 credits

Courses below will be taken over two semesters at LEEC.

Course Course Name Credits
Semester 1
LAWE 2225 Criminal Investigation 3
LAWE 2230 Legal Issues - Law Enforcement 3
LAWE 2231 Minnesota Criminal and Traffic Codes 3
LAWE 2235 Police Report Writing/interview 2
LAWE 2241  Police Response and Human Behavior 3
Semester 2
LAWE 2261 In Progress Responses 2
LAWE 2275 Traffic 1
LAWE 2280 Defensive Tactics 2
LAWE 2285 Crime Scenes and Evidence 1
LAWE 2290 Firearms 2
LAWE 2300 Tactical Driving for Law Enforcement Students 0
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Additional Requirements to Take the POST examination

Completion of Emergency Medical Response or EMT course is required prior to taking licensing exam. HLTH 2209 fulfills this requirement. Students with current certification may petition completion of the requirement and substitute another 3 credit course for HLTH 2209.

NOTE: A successful petition will not affect the 68 credit requirement for the Associate of Science degree.

Other Degree Requirements

  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for college-level coursework (courses numbered 1000 and above) completed at Normandale.
  • Earn a minimum of 20 college-level credits at Normandale.

Coursework in this degree program satisfies a portion of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). Please see MnTC Degree Audit Report.