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Program Requirements

The bachelor's degree four-year plan involves 120 semester hours of core and elective criminal justice courses that are generally taught in a traditional face to face setting.

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Minor in Criminal Justice

Program Requirements

Criminal Justice, BS

1. General education requirements including those listed below - 40 s.h.
(For information about courses that carry general education credit see .)
  • POLS 1010 - National Government
  • PSYC 1000 - Introductory Psychology
  • SOCI 2110 - Introduction to Sociology
2. Core - 42 s.h.
  • JUST 1000 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • JUST 2004 - Crime and Criminality
  • JUST 2009 - Correctional Systems
  • JUST 2012 - Police and Society
  • JUST 3200 - The Juvenile Justice System
  • JUST 3500 - Principles of Criminal Law SPACE
  • JUST 3501 - Criminal Procedure OR
  • JUST 3502 - Legal Aspects of Corrections OR
  • JUST 4300 - Criminal Justice Administration and Management SPACE
  • JUST 3700 - Race, Gender and Special Populations in the Criminal Justice System
  • JUST 3800 - Research Methods in Criminal Justice
  • JUST 3900 - Introductory Statistics for Criminal Justice
  • JUST 4500 - Issues and Problems in Criminal Justice
  • JUST 4990 - Field Education and Seminar
    Note:
    Students are required to complete one 3 s.h. writing intensive course in the major.
    3. JUST electives above 2999 - 9 s.h.
      4. Minor or general electives to complete requirements for graduation - 29 s.h.
        Note:
        If a student decides to select a minor to satisfy this requirement and the minor does not require a total of 29 semester hours, the student will be required to complete the minor and additional general electives. If a student decides not to select a minor to satisfy this requirement, the student will be required to complete 29 semester hours of general electives.

        Minor in Forensic Science

        Program Requirements

        The forensic science interdisciplinary minor focuses on criminal investigation, crime scene investigation, and the management of criminal evidence. The minor is a natural complement to the criminal justice major, but would also benefit students in related fields such as anthropology, political science, psychology, and sociology.

        To be admitted to the minor in forensic science, students must complete JUST 1000 with a grade of C (2.0) or higher and have a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher. Students are expected to maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 throughout the program.

        The minor in forensic science requires 24-26 s.h. of credit as follows:

        Core - 15 s.h.

        • JUST 1000 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
        • JUST 3007 - Criminal Investigation
        • JUST 3020 - Introduction to Forensic Science
        • JUST 3022 - Crime Scene Investigation
        • JUST 3023 - Forensic Impressions and Markings

        • Substitute core courses may be approved by the chair of the Department of Criminal Justice.

        Electives - 9-11 s.h.

        • ANTH 3026 - Forensic Anthropology
        • BIOL 2130 - Survey of Human Physiology and Anatomy

        • CHEM 2750 - Organic Chemistry I and
        • CHEM 2753 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I

        • Other courses approved by the chair of the Department of Criminal Justice.