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Applied Science: Administration of Justice Emphasis

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Applied Science: Administration of Justice Emphasis

Bachelor of Applied Science

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The Bachelor of Applied Sciences Program in Administration of Justice is an interdisciplinary program for students seeking a career in federal, state, and local law enforcement, public safety and corrections, courtroom systems, immigration and customs enforcement, and a variety of related professions. The degree serves students who have earned an Applied Associates Degree, as well as those who have real life experience in law enforcement or public safety.  Topics covered in the Administration of Justice BAS degree include criminal justice, procedural constitutional rights, the American judicial system, multicultural approaches, terrorism, gender law, contemporary issues in law enforcement, and immigration and border issues.  Additionally, the Administration of Justice program at UA South teaches provides students with analytical and critical thinking skills, the ability to communicate clearly and effectively, as well as organization and leadership skills.  Coursework is offered in traditional classroom settings, ITV, and online formats for maximum flexibility and accessibility.

Major Details

College: University of Arizona South
Admissions Requirements:

As a 2+2 program partnering with community colleges and offering the second two years of the degree program only, this major has additional admission criteria. Please see the UA South website for more information.

Math Required:


    This strand involves the general understanding and appreciation of how mathematics is used to solve problems in everyday life. The G-strand does not prepare a student for any further work grounded in mathematics and assumes the student will not proceed beyond the basic Foundations level noted above. Thus only those students whose major requires the most general knowledge of mathematics should take this strand.
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • UA Online
  • UA Douglas
  • UA South Online
  • UA Pinal
  • UA Santa Cruz
  • UA Sierra Vista
  • UA Tech Park
  • UA South Yuma
  • UA Yuma

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
4th Semester
Student needs 60 completed units to begin BAS sequence 60
ENGL 101 3
ENGL 102 3
Second Semester Second Language 4
Community College Math 3
5th Semester
ENGV 308 3
BASV 314 3
GPSV 313 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
6th Semester
BASV 319 3
BASV 316 3
GPSV 461 3
Critical Thinking Course: GPSV 301 3
Tier II General Education 3
7th Semester
Internship: 393A, 393B, 393D, 399 3
Core Elective 3
Core Elective 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
8th Semester
Core Elective 3
GPSV 498 Capstone 3
Core Elective 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

Potential Career Areas

  • Law enforcement including Police, Court, and Corrections
  • Research
  • Consulting and advising
  • Public administration
  • National and public safety
  • Human resources and services
  • Social and human services

Sample Employers

  • Law enforcement agencies
  • Consulting and law firms
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Government agencies
  • Federal, state, and local prisons
  • Intelligence communities
  • U.S. Military
  • Social service and human right organizations

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Parole Officer $31,590 - $48,190
Police Officer and Sheriff $33,060 - $56,980
Court Clerk $18,600 - $34,830
Human Rights Advocate $18,000 - $45,000
Lawyer/Criminal Lawyer $54,310 - $113,300
Paralegal/Legal Assistant $29,420 - $46,990
Social and Human Service Assistants $19,430 - $28,850
Probation Officer $31,590 - $48,190
Customs and Border Protection Officer $25,000 - $59,000
Correctional Officer $24,677 - $54,260
Pretrial Services Officer $28,000 - $67,000
Law Enforcement and Security Officer $19,260 - $96,950
Judicial Law Clerk $28,410 - $47,640
Administrative Law Judge, Adjudicator, Hearing Officer $40,300 - $87,190
Criminal Investigator $40,110 - $76,730
Criminologist $43,280 - $74,960
Federal and State Officials (legislators) $10,000 - $40,630
Legislative Assistant $30,000 - $45,000
Social and Community Service Managers $36,250 - $59,970