Overview

The Associate of Science Degree is designed for students preparing for law enforcement, homeland security, forensics, laboratory work, crime scene examiners, and many other varied careers in the criminal justice field. This degree is for students wishing to specialize in forensic science. We strive to enhance knowledge, effectiveness, and professionalism for success in your future or present career. You can expect to be challenged and motivated to discover new ideas that will be beneficial as you enter the criminal justice field or seek higher education. As the criminal justice system evolves, so does the concept of academia as an essential requirement for employment. Articulation agreements exist with senior colleges and universities that make the transition from Criminal Justice at Weatherford College extremely smooth and cost-effective. Course specifications and requirements are described in the Criminal Justice section of this catalog.

There are real-world examples and real people that work within forensic science, and more jobs are expected to be added by the year 2024 with an expected increase of 27%, higher than the national average, according to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The potential careers and opportunities for graduates with criminal justice degrees will largely depend on the degree specialization they choose and the type of degree pursued. For example, if you specialized in forensics, you may find a job as a forensic scientist after graduation. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), forensic science technicians earn a median salary of $59,150 per year, with a 14% projected job growth rate from 2018-2028.

More information can be found in the Catalog.

Career Options

There are real-world examples and real people that work within forensic science, and more jobs are expected to be added by the year 2024 with an expected increase of 27%, higher than the national average, according to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Top Careers for Criminal Justice graduates:

  • Forensic Medical Examiner
  • Forensic Engineer
  • Forensic Accountant
  • Policy Analyst
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Crime Laboratory Analyst

There are plenty of opportunities for growth or employment in this field. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in criminal justice are growing faster than average, and are expected to grow by about 5% from 2019 to 2029.

Related Programs

Transfer Options

  • Ease of transfer to 4-year institutions.
  • To the Workforce.

Scholarships

  • Russell L. Boyd Memorial Scholarship - Established in 1983 by Sherri Box in memory of her late husband, Russell Boyd, a Texas Highway Patrolman killed in the line of duty, to assist students interested in Law Enforcement.
     
  • Criminal Justice Institute Alumni Scholarship - Established by Alumni of Weatherford College's Criminal Justice Institute for deserving Criminal Justice students.
     
  • Estate of Stella & Stan Renner Scholarship - Established in 2019 by Marilyn Reynolds in honor of her parents, for full-time students entering a service career.

  • Sharon Barder Law Enforcement Scholarship

  More information can be found on the Scholarship page.

Criminal Justice AS

    Criminal Justice AS
    Number of Credits
    60

    Contact

    Sharon K. Johnson
    Criminal Justice Coordinator and Faculty
    sjohnson@wc.edu
    (817) 598-6450