Jul 25, 2024  
Butler Community College 2024-25 Catalog 
Butler Community College 2024-25 Catalog

Public Safety (AS)

Program Information

Many of today’s criminal justice positions require higher education to enter or advance in the profession. Whatever your career choice, Butler’s Criminal Justice program is here to help you reach your goals. Butler’s courses are approved by Kansas law enforcement and corrections training academies. These courses also meet requirements of Criminal Justice agencies for employment preparation and in-service professional training.

The Associate of Arts Degree in Public Safety is designed for students who want to enter the workforce immediately as an emergency medical technician (EMT) while planning to become a law enforcement office or transfer to a Bachelor degree program.

Students that have successfully completed a law enforcement or corrections training academy such as the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC), Kansas Highway Patrol Training Academy, Wichita/Sedgwick County Law Enforcement Training Center, Kansas Department of Corrections Training Academy, etc. within the past 5 years may submit their certificate of completion for credit toward either degree.

Butler Community College is committed to flexible pathways for our student’s success. Courses are offered in varying delivery formats; face-to-face, blended and online. When reviewing this pathway, please check the Class Schedule to identify which format the course is offered to make sure you are selecting the delivery modality that fits your needs.

Kansas State Wide Transfer course (T►)
Milestone Courses
 - Courses are considered essential for progress within a selected Pathway and are indicated by a diamond symbol (♦).
This course is offered online (O)

Butler General Education Bucket Requirements (34-35)

Butler Community College participates in the Kansas systemwide general education (SGE) framework within AA and AS degrees.  The SGE framework includes 34-35 credit hours organized in 7 “buckets” each identified by an individual SGE code.  

  • All students are required to take EG101 and EG102 from Bucket 1.
  • All students are required to take either SP100 or SP102 from Bucket 2.
  • All students are required to take one math course from Bucket 3.
  • All other buckets where a course is marked as preferred, students can choose any course listed in the state approved bucket if they meet the prerequisite for the course. 
  • Courses in any of the buckets 3-7 not marked preferred are mandatory in the pathway unless an alternative is approved by the dean overseeing the pathway.
  • Courses listed in the Pathway not identified with a bucket are required for completion of the given degree pathway and are not intended to fulfill the state approved general education bucket package.
  • Students are encouraged to contact Academic Advising for further information.

For more information: Butler General Education Bucket Requirements  

Bucket 1   Bucket 2   Bucket 3   Bucket 4   Bucket 5   Bucket 6   Bucket 7  

Contact Information

Miles Erpelding
Office: Bldg 800, Rm 804

First Term: 15 Credit Hours

Select one: 3 Credit Hours (Bucket 6-SGE060)

Second Term: 15 Credit Hours

Third Term: 15 Credit Hours

Select one: 3 Credit Hours

Select one: 3 Credit Hours (Bucket 2-SGE020)

Fourth Term: 16-17 Credit Hours

Total Degree Pathway Credit Hours: 61-62