Agile Dual Degree- Animal Care and Criminal Justice

Combine your desire to work with animals— and expand your career options.

Earn an Associate’s Degree in Animal Care plus a Bachelor’s Criminal Justice in the same amount of time as a Bachelor’s Degree alone!

Career Options Include:

  • Police patrol
  • K-9 units
  • Mounted units (equine)
  • Search & Rescue



Agile Dual Degree- Animal Care and Criminal Justice

Fall SemesterCourse NameCreditsSpring SemesterCourse Namecredits
Freshman Year
ANSC 1001Career Exploration1CORE ENGLThe New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems3
ANSC 1003Animal Care Management3ANSC 1010Animal Health Skills3
BIOL1001Biology I4ANSC 1400Introduction to Animal Science3
CORE 1001Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm3BIOL 1002Biology II4
SOCI 1001Introduction to Sociology3GOVT 1108American Government3
PSYC 1001Introduction to Psychology3
Semester Total:17Semester Total:16
Sophomore Year
ANSC 1005Animal Facilities Design and Management3JUST 1300Theories of Crime3
LGLS 2102Criminal Law3MATH 2200Statistics3
JUST 2202Crisis Intervention3JUST 2207Police and the Community3
JUST 2203Corrections Systems and Process3ANSC 2202Domestic Animal Behavior3
SOCI 2001Criminology3ENGL 1003Writing About Literature3
JUST 3200Criminal Procedure and Evidence3ANSC 2200Canine Behavior and Training 2
Semester Total:18Semester Total:17
Junior Year
ANSC 2000Introduction to Laboratory Animal Science2CORE 3100Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset3
ANSC 2401Animal Nutrition3SOCI 3200Deviance and Social Control3
ANSC 2900Externship Module I 3GOVT 4100American Constitutional Law3
JUST 2204Victimology and Victim Services3Open Elective3
LGLS 3200Topics in Law and Society3Criminal Justice Elective3
Semester Total:14Semester Total:15
Senior Year
JUST 3900
Criminal Justics Internship 3JUST 3900
Criminal Justice Internship3
Criminal Justice ElectiveCriminal Justice Elective
JUST 4505Ethics and Professionalism in Criminal Justice3JUST 4901Criminal Justice Capstone3
SOCI 4001Data Analysis3Humanities/Fine Arts Elective3
Criminal Justice Elective3Criminal Justice Elective3
Semester Total:12Semester Total:12

Learning Outcomes

  • Students demonstrate decision-making and personal conduct consistent with the professional standards of the animal care industry.
  • Students demonstrate knowledge and application of the proper management and husbandry of a variety of animal species.
  • Students demonstrate knowledge and application of proper nutrition for a variety of animal species.
  • Students demonstrate knowledge and application of applied animal behavior for a variety of animal species.
  • Students demonstrate written communication skills appropriate for the animal care industry.
  • Students demonstrate oral communication skills appropriate for the animal care industry.
  • Describe the administration of justice with specialized knowledge of related content areas including, but not limited to, police, courts, and corrections.
  • Identify the theories of crime causation, responses to crime, and the implications and application for public policy.
  • Identify and describe legal and ethical constraints, their implications for criminal justice decision and policy makers, and the effects of diversity awareness in the administration of criminal justice.
  • Interpret, analyze, and draw conclusions from qualitative and quantitative data in a social science context and communicate effectively using scholarly sources on topics relating to social problems and criminal justice.
  • Apply learned theory to practical application by participation in related course work and an internship.

Special Requirements

All full and part-time students are required to have proof of medical insurance, a tetanus booster within the last ten (10) years, and a tuberculosis test within one (1) year to participate in animal laboratories, veterinary clinic rotations, and career externship. Rabies pre-exposure prophylaxis immunization is highly recommended. Students are required to either show proof of rabies immunization or sign a declination form. Students must be able to lift 50 pounds and be able to demonstrate the physical capabilities to work closely and safely with animals of all sizes. Students with limitations to movement, sight, or hearing may find it difficult to meet all course requirements. For the health and safety of students appropriate attire will be addressed in all classes with laboratories.

The College is observing summer hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-4 pm.