Academic Catalog

Public Service, Associate in Science

Program Description

The Associate in Science (A.S.) degree program allows students to successfully complete a program of study in one of several areas of public service. Program graduates may transfer to a four year institution and/or directly enter the workforce.

Transfer Information

Students pursuing the Public Service degree can transfer into a wide variety of areas within public service, including fire science, addictions, child care, human services and government. Majors include Public Administration, Fire Science, Human Services and Sociology. Many colleges offer opportunities for transfer both in and out of state. Students are encouraged to work closely with OCC faculty and Advising Transfer Services. Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution in NJ can explore the “Transfer Programs” feature on NJ Transfer

Career Information

The Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science Degrees are designed to provide students with the coursework needed to transfer to a four-year institution and pursue a bachelor’s degree. The curriculum provides students the knowledge and skills needed to pursue various career pathways, while providing a credential beyond the high school degree. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with OCC faculty and Career Services as they begin to explore career options. Students can also utilize Career Coach, a resource provided by OCC, to explore degree programs and corresponding careers

Students are encouraged to keep track of degree requirements by using the “My Progress” screen on Student Planning. Student Planning can be accessed via logging into Ocean Connect.

Program Requirements

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ENGL 151 English I 3
Mathematics Gen. Ed. Requirement 3
Public Service Program Elective 3
COMM 154 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
STSC 150 Student Success Seminar 2
 Credit Hours14
Second Semester
English II 3
Public Service Program Elective 3
PSYC 172 General Psychology 3
Humanities Gen. Ed. Requirement 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Third Semester
Public Service Program Elective 3
Public Service Program Elective 3
Lab Science Gen. Ed. Requirement 4
Technology Gen. Ed. Requirement 1 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours16
Fourth Semester
Public Service Program Elective 3
Public Service Program Elective 3
INTR 290 Internship 3 (or Public Service Elective) 3
Social Science Gen. Ed. Requirement 3
Course from the Gen. Ed. Course List 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours60

Public Service Electives

Students may choose electives from the extensive range of courses below (without being restricted to one category) based on personal interest and/or transfer needs.

Addictions Counseling

ALDC 105 and ALDC 106 must both be taken to substitute for the 6 credit ALDC 103ALDC 107 and ALDC 108 must both be taken to substitute for the 6 credit ALDC 104.

ALDC 101Addictions Disorders and Recovery Supports3
ALDC 102Addictions Counseling: Professional Responsibilities3
ALDC 105Addiction Counseling Skills3
ALDC 106Assessing Addictive Disorders3
ALDC 107Addiction Counseling Methodology3
ALDC 108Addiction Counseling Client Education3

Child Care

PSYC 273Adolescent Psychology3

Developmental Disability Assistant

EDUC 178Introduction to the Education of Exceptional Students3
PSYC 174Personality Theory3
PSYC 274Social Psychology3
PSYC 275Educational Psychology3

Fire Science

If you select FIRE 162, FIRE 165, FIRE 166, FIRE 261, FIRE 266, and FIRE 268, you will have completed all of the core FESHE, Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education, recognized Fire Science courses.

FIRE 162Principles of Emergency Services3
FIRE 163Principles of Fire and Emergency Service Administration3
FIRE 165Bldg Construction for Fire Protection3
FIRE 166Fire Behavior and Combustion3
FIRE 168Occupational Safety and Health for Emergency Services3
FIRE 169Strategy and Tactics3
FIRE 255Fire Inspector I3
FIRE 256Fire Inspector II3
FIRE 257Administration for Fire Officials3
FIRE 261Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival3
FIRE 263Fire Investigation I3
FIRE 264Fire Investigation II3
FIRE 266Fire Prevention3
FIRE 268Fire Protection Systems3

Homeland Security

HLSC 170Introduction to Homeland Security3
HLSC 171Fundamentals of Emergency Management3
HLSC 172Domestic and International Terrorism3
HLSC 174Introduction to the Intelligence Function3
HLSC 210Risk Management and Analysis3

Human Services/SOCIAL WORK

SOWK 101Introduction to Social Work3
SOWK 194Interviewing and Communication Techniques3
SOWK 200Gerontology: The Study of Aging3
SOWK 201Human Behavior and the Social Environment3
SOWK 202Social Work Seminar and Practicum3
SOWK 207Group Dynamics3
PSYC 274Social Psychology3
SOCI 181Introduction to Sociology3
SOCI 182Death and Dying3
SOCI 230Women in Society3
SOCI 231Social Problems3

Municipal Administration

ENGR 123Surveying I3
ENGR 191Autocad 2-D Basics I3
POLI 185Principles of Public Administration3

Public Administration/Government

POLI 161American Federal Government3
POLI 162American State and Local Government3
POLI 183Introduction to Political Science3
POLI 185Principles of Public Administration3
POLI 263Introduction to International Relations3
POLI 268Women and Politics3