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Associate of Science to Park University

Associate of Science Degree -- Transfer to Park University in Criminal Justice Administration

The Associate of Science with articulated coursework is designed for students interested in a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration degree in Park University.

The Associate of Science (AS) Degree includes education in specific knowledge areas, most typically in math and natural sciences. Focusing on integration of information while increasing a student’s employability, the AS is designed for transferability to a baccalaureate program.

To receive the AS degree, the following requirements must be completed:

Montana University System Core Requirements31
Computer Skills/Usage requirement3
Coursework in Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences9
Final cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0

Courses taken to fulfill one specific requirement, including courses in the Elective block, may not be used to fulfill another specific requirement; thus, a course taken to fulfill the Natural Science requirement in the Montana University System Core may not be used as an Elective. 

Estimated Resident Program Cost*

Estimated costs are for the Great Falls College portion of this curriculum. Please contact the partnering school for information on the estimated cost of classes there.

Tuition and Fees $6,835
Application Fee $30
Lab Fees $105
Books/Supplies $2,072
Total $9,042


Many students need preliminary math, science, and writing courses before enrolling in the program requirements. These courses may increase the total number of program credits. Students should review their math and writing placement before planning out their full program schedules.


I. GFC MSU Additional Graduation Requirement

II. Montana University System Core Courses - 31 Semester Hours

Communication - 6 Credits (3 credits written, 3 credits verbal)

WRIT 101College Writing I **,+3
Select one of the following:
COMX 111Intro to Public Speaking +3
COMX 115Intro to Interpersonal Communc +3

Mathematics - 3 Credits 

M 105Contemporary Mathematics **, +3
M 121College Algebra **,+3
M 151Precalculus **,+4
M 161Survey of Calculus **,+4
M 171Calculus I **,+4
STAT 216Introduction to Statistics **,+4

Humanities/Fine Arts - 6 Credits 

LIT 110Intro to Lit +3
LIT 291Special Topics-Literature +3
LSH 201Introduction to the Humanities +3
PHL 101Introduction to Philosophy +3
PHL 110Introduction to Ethics +3
WGSS 242Gender and Equality +3
Fine Arts
ARTH 160Global Visual Culture +3
ARTZ 101Art Fundamentals +3
ARTZ 105Visual Language-Drawing +3
MUSI 101Enjoyment of Music +3
MUSI 103Fundamntls of Musical Creation +3
MUSI 203American Popular Music +3
MUSI 207World Music (equiv to 307) +3

Natural Science - 7 Credits (Must include 1 lab course) 

Select two of the following:
BIOB 101Discover Biology/Lab **,+4
BIOB 160Princpls of Living Systems/Lab **,+4
BIOB 170Prin Biological Diversity/Lab **,+4
BIOH 104Basic Human Biology & Lab **,+4
CHMY 101Discover Chemistry +3
CHMY 121Intro to General Chem w/Lab **,+4
CHMY 141College Chemistry I w/Lab **,+4
CHMY 143College Chemistry II w/Lab *,+4
GEO 101Intro to Physical Geologyw/Lab +4
NUTR 221Basic Human Nutrition +3
PHSX 105Fund of Physical Science w/Lab +4
PHSX 205College Physics I w/Lab **,+4
PHSX 220Physics I w/Lab **,+4

 Social Sciences/History - 6 Credits

CJUS 121Intro to Criminal Justice +3
Select one of the following
Social Sciences
ECNS 201Principles of Microeconomics +3
ECNS 202Principles of Macroeconomics +3
PSCI 210Intro to American Government +3
PSYX 100Introduction to Psychology +3
PSYX 230Developmental Psychology +3
SOCI 101Introduction to Sociology +3
HSTA 101American History I (N) +3
HSTA 102American History II (N) +3
HSTA 255Montana History (N) +3
HSTR 101Western Civilization I +3
HSTR 102Western Civilization II +3

Cultural Diversity - 3 Credits 

Select one of the following:
ANTY 101Anthro & the Human Experience +3
LSH 244American Cultural Values +3
NASX 204Intro to NA Beliefs & Philsphy (N) +3
NASX 232MT Ind Cltrs/Hstry/Iss (=332) (N) +3
NASX 240Native American Lit (=to 340) (N) +3
SIGN 101Intro to American Sign Lang +3
SPNS 101Elementary Spanish I +4
SPNS 102Elementary Spanish II *,+4

Cultural Heritage of American Indians - 3 Credits 

Courses with an "N" behind the course title will fulfill the Cultural Heritage of American Indians requirement as well as a designated core area requirement. +

III. Computer Skills/Usage - 3 credits

CAPP 131Basic MS Office +3
OR a satisfactory Computer Skills test score.

IV. Concentration in Math and Sciences - 9 Credits 

Students may choose coursework numbered 100 or above from any of the following discipline areas to complete the required 10 credits of electives. (BIOB) (BIOH) (BIOM) Biology, (CAPP) Computer Applications, (CHMY) Chemistry, (CSCI) Computer Science/Programming, (GEO) Geology, (ITS) Information Technology Systems, (M) Math** (except M 108M 191A, or M 191B), (PHSX) Physics, (STAT) Statistics


V. Electives - 17 Credits

WRIT 201College Writing II +3

Students may choose coursework numbered 100 or above from any discipline area to complete the required 17 credits of electives. Please see your advisor in regard to elective credits that will transfer to an applicable major and/or minor at Park University


Outline for Completion of Bachelor of Arts Degree from Park University

I. General Education

Writing Competency Test -- P
Upper Division12

II. Core Requirements - 21 Credits

CJ 105Criminal Law3
CJ 200Criminology3
CJ 221Criminal Procedure3
CJ 300Agency Administration3
CJ 430Research in Criminal Justice
CJ 450Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice3
Select one of the following
CJ 440Internship in Criminal Justice3
CJ 441Senior Writing Project3

Area of Concentration (pick one area) - 6 Credits

Area A. Law Enforcement
CJ 231Introduction to Law Enforcement
CJ 311Criminal Investigation
Area B. Corrections
CJ 232Introduction to Corrections
CJ 322Probation, Parole, and Community Corrections
Area C. Security
CJ 233Introduction to Security
CJ 333Security Administration

III. Electives - 8 Credits

From Criminal Justice courses not in the Core or the individual student's Area of Concentration: one 200-level course and three 300-level and/or 400-level courses, at least one of which must be a 400-level course.


Up to 75 credits from Great Falls College MSU may be applied toward graduation requirements at Park University. Residency requirement of 30 hours at Park with 15 hours in major core.