Police Science/Sociology

This AA Baccalaureate Track is designed specifically for individuals who attend the Montana Law Enforcement Academy (MLEA). Students who do not intend on enrolling in the MLEA, but who are interested in pursuing Sociology/Criminology, should refer to the Sociology Criminology Emphasis Baccalaureate Tracks.

By completing the requirements for an AA degree with an area of emphasis in Fundamentals of Police Science, which includes the Officer Basic course through the MLEA, students will be prepared to begin their upper-division coursework in Sociology with an emphasis in Criminology.  All lower-division Sociology/Criminology requirements will be met upon completion of the AA with Fundamentals of Police Science area of emphasis.

Please review the program's informational flyer for FAQs and contact information. You may find more information about the Sociology major on the Department of Sociology website.

A few notes regarding the plan:

  • This track assumes the student starts in M 090 and earns a B- or better. Note that this plan has some flexibility, depending on what level of math the student places into.
  • Courses taken through the mountain campus are indicated with "Mtn."
  • MLEA Basic Officer Courses: There are 18 credit hours of Police Science courses including American Criminal Justice System (transfers into Sociology as SOCI 221, Criminal Justice System), Field and Patrol Operations, Criminal Investigation and Traffic Enforcement. There are 480 contact hours in the 12 week residential program.

Year #1

Fall #1

This table gives the recommended course load for Fall #1 semester, Year #1 year.
CourseCredits
Montana Law Enforcement Academy Officer Basic Course/Diploma
Total Credits18

Spring #1

This table gives the recommended course load for Spring #1 semester, Year #1 year.
CourseCredits
WRIT 101 3
M 090* (3)
Double-dipper (H) & (X) 3
(A) course 3
Mtn: SOCI 101S** 3
Total Credits12

*Students do not earn credit to count towards graduation for any developmental course (courses numbered below 100). However, the credit hours do count towards the minimum credits needed each semester to be considered a full-time student for financial aid purposes.

**SOCI 101S is considered a prerequiste or corequisite for all other Sociology courses.

Year #2

Fall #2

This table gives the recommended course load for Fall #2 semester, Year #2 year.
CourseCredits
M 115 3
(L) course 3
(N) course 2
Mtn: SOCI 211S 3
Mtn: SOCI 362*** 3
Total Credits15

Spring #2***

This table gives the recommended course load for Spring #2*** semester, Year #2 year.
CourseCredits
CSCI 215E 3
(N) course with lab 3
Mtn: (Y) course 3-4
Mtn: SOCI 202 3
Mtn: SOCI 220S or 275S 3
Total Credits15-16

TOTAL EARNED CREDITS FOR DEGREE: 60-61

***Due to the special departmental agreements associated with this Baccalaureate Track, students pursuing this plan are permitted to deviate from several Missoula College policies, including being allowed to take an upper-division (300- or 400-level) course and being allowed to take more than 6 credits through the mountain campus in one semester (e.g. Spring #2).

Fall #2:

  • Fill out AA graduation application. They are due the last Friday in October for Spring graduation.

Spring #2:

  • AA degree earned.
  • Fill out a mountain campus major change form for Fall #3 admission.