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Security Management

In addition to having a "Security Academy," which includes most of the major "certifications" for those interested in working as security officers, (Baton, Tear Gas, Firearms, CPR/First Aid and Firearms) Grossmont College also has a unique Security Management emphasis. This series of courses is designed to meet the challenges of future security managers and covers a variety of issues faced by contemporary security professionals. The course is designed to help security professionals build their managerial skills also.  Today's security managers use sound business tactics to manage their programs. We are working with the American Society of Industrial Security, other local colleges, and Webster University, to build a career path in security management.


Security Management is the fastest growing public safety and business-related career field.

In 1970, the ratio of police to security personnel was approximately 1 to 1.  Currently, security personnel outnumber public law enforcement 4 to 1.  Expenditures for security services are 73% higher than for public law enforcement.

The Security Management program leads to a Certificate and/or Associate Degree and is designed to prepare individuals for entry level management positions in loss prevention, risk management and asset protection. The career field is universal and global in scope. Career opportunities exist in a wide variety of public and private organizations including contract service, government, healthcare, industrial, entertainment, sports, retail, and transportation environments. Some government agencies and private corporations employ security personnel to work at or with U.S. Government facilities and business sites in foreign countries. Salaries for security managers are competitive with those found in public law enforcement and business management occupations.

Certificate and Associate Degree Major Requirements

Subject Name Course Description Units
AOJ 110 Introduction to Administration of Justice 3
AOJ 111 Introduction to Security Management 3
AOJ 201 Legal Aspects of Security Management 3
AOJ 207 Investigative Techniques for Security Management 3
AOJ 210 Public Safety and Security Administration 3
AOJ 230 Public Safety Communications 3
AOJ 260 Information Security 3
AOJ 264 Terrorism and Homeland Security 3
Total   24
Effective Fall 2014    
Total AOJ Units Required for Certificate 24
Plus General Education and Elective Requirements  
Total Required for Degree (minimum) 60

Any student who chooses to complete only the courses required (24 units) for the above major qualifies for a certificate in Security Management.  An official request must be filed with the Admissions and Records Office prior to the deadline as stated in the Academic Calendar.

Recommended Electives:
AOJ 171 Security Academy
AOJ 214 Public Service Internship
AOJ 215 Public Service Internship
BUS 110 Introduction to Business
BUS 120 Financial Accounting
BUS 121 Managerial Accounting
BUS 172 Introduction to Microcomputer Applications

Note: To advance quickly to top level management positions, Associate degree graduates are encouraged to pursue a bachelors degree in business administration. However, students should be aware that upper division baccalaureate business administration programs may require specific lower division (freshman-sophomore) prerequisites. Students who wish to transfer to a university upper division business school or college should consult with the "receiving institution" to identify all lower division prerequisite courses that may be completed at Grossmont College as part of the general education/ elective requirements in the associate degree program.

In addition, we also have a 80 hour Security Academy for entry level security officers.

You may want to visit ASIS for more information on Security Management.




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