The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice offers an in-depth scientific study of crime, criminal behavior, crime scene investigation theories, and the importance of scientific analysis as evidence presented in the criminal justice system. You will study the theory of forensic science, including the nature and scope of the discipline, the application of forensic science to crime, police investigation and the adjudication process, and the legal and ethical issues associated with forensics, as you prepare for careers in complex criminal justice occupations within public safety organizations.

Our criminal justice programs are among the most popular at the university, bringing you peer interactions and an expanded network of criminal justice professionals who are dedicated to safeguarding their communities and nation. Courses in this program are taught by highly credentialed and experienced instructors, many who hold key positions in government agencies or criminal justice organizations.

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and general education level learning objectives, this degree also seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates. With reference to each of the respective areas of criminal justice, graduates in this degree program will be able to:

  • Describe the functions of police, courts, and corrections.
  • Identify the basic methodological approaches in gaining criminological knowledge.
  • Critically evaluate the various methodologies used to measure crime.
  • Explain the socio-political nature of defining certain acts as criminal behavior.
  • Describe and analyze the political and public administrative aspects of law enforcement organizations.
  • Analyze and compare major criminology theories and trends in criminal activity.
  • Conduct research associated with criminal justice and criminology theories.
  • Demonstrate ethical criminal justice research practices.
  • Outline theories and practices associated to crime control efforts.
  • Discuss theories and practice associated with crime scene investigation.
  • Evaluate different theories and techniques for recovering potential evidence.
  • Discuss theories of modern analytical chemistry as applied to forensic problems.
  • Describe the role of data analysis in testing criminological theories and assessing crime reduction efforts.
  • Display clear knowledge of ethical concerns when physical evidence is presented to the criminal justice system.
  • Describe and analyze advancements made in law enforcement forensics practices.

Degree at a Glance

First Course Requirement3
General Education Requirements38
Core Requirements34
Concentration in Forensics Requirements24
Final Program Requirement4
Elective Requirements18
Total Semester Hours121

Degree Program Requirements

First Course Requirement (3 semester hours)

COLL100Foundations of Online Learning 13
Total Semester Hours3

Required as the first course in all undergraduate programs.

General Education Requirements (38 semester hours)

English (6 semester hours)
ENGL101Proficiency in Writing (Required)3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Effectiveness in Writing
Composition and Literature
History (6 semester hours)
Select 2 course from the following:6
American History to 1877
American History since 1877
World Civilization before 1650
World Civilization since 1650
Western Civilization before The Thirty Years War
Western Civilization since The Thirty Years War
African-American History before 1877
African-American History since 1877
History of the American Indian
Humanities (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
Arabic I
Art Appreciation
Public Speaking
French I
French II
German I
German II
Human Relations Communication
Introduction to Japanese
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Ethics
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese
Introduction to World Religions
Russian I
Spanish I
Spanish II
Literature (3 semester hours) 1
Select 1 course from the following:3
World Literature through the Renaissance
World Literature since the Renaissance
English Literature: Beowulf to18th Century
English Literature: 18th Century to Present
American Literature before The Civil War
American Literature from The Civil War to Present
Mathematics (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
College Algebra
College Trigonometry
Introduction to Statistics
Math for Liberal Arts Majors
Political Science (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
American Government I
International Relations I
Science (8 semester hours)
Select 2 courses from the following:8
Habitable Worlds Are We Alone with Lab
Introduction to Biology with Lab
Introduction to Chemistry with Lab
Introduction to Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab
Introduction to Physics with Lab
Introduction to Astronomy with Lab
Introduction to Meteorology with Lab
Introduction to Physical Geology with Lab
Introduction to Environmental Science with Lab
Physics I with Lab (Prerequisite: MATH225 - Calculus)
Physics II with Lab (Prerequisite: MATH226 - Calculus II)
Social Sciences (6 semester hours)
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Introduction to Anthropology
Human Sexuality
Introduction to Geography
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
American Popular Culture
Total Semester Hours38

All literature courses require successful completion of ENGL101 - Proficiency in Writing.

Core Requirements (34 semester hours)

CMRJ201Criminal Justice Administration3
SCIN131Introduction to Chemistry with Lab4
SSGS300Research Design and Methods3
CMRJ306Criminal Investigation3
CMRJ308Ethics in Criminal Justice3
CMRJ329Criminal Profiling3
CMRJ335Crime Analysis3
LSTD301Constitutional Law3
LSTD302Criminal Law3
Total Semester Hours34

Concentration in Forensics Requirements (24 semester hours)

Offers an in-depth scientific study of crime, criminal behavior, crime scene investigation theories, and the importance of scientific analysis as evidence. Focuses on the nature and scope of forensic science and its application to crime, police investigation and the adjudication process, and the legal and ethical issues associated with forensics.

CMRJ205Rape and Sexual Violence3
CMRJ330DNA in the Criminal Justice System3
CMRJ331Fingerprint Analysis3
CMRJ332Bloodspatter Pattern Analysis3
CMRJ333Firearms Forensics Investigation3
CMRJ334Voice Stress Analysis3
CMRJ402The Pathology of Death Investigations3
LSTD400Criminal Legal Process3
Total Semester Hours24

Final Program Requirement (4 semester hours)

CMRJ498Forensic Law Enforcement Capstone (to be taken as the last course before graduation) 14
Total Semester Hours4

Prerequisite: Senior Standing and completion of all core and major courses prior to enrollment.

Elective Requirements (18 semester hours)

Select any courses that have not been used to fulfill core or major requirements. Credits applied toward a minor or certificate in an unrelated field may be used to fulfill elective credit for the major.