The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice offers an in-depth scientific study of crime, criminal behavior, digital forensics investigations, and the importance of scientific analysis as evidence presented in the criminal justice system. Forensic science is the application of scientific methods and analysis of scientific data to support the law. 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. You will also examine the importance of scientific analysis of digital evidence and its place in the judicial system, while receiving a solid foundation of analytical and communication skills required for working in complex criminal justice occupations.

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 degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

Criminal Justice Administration and Organization

  • Recognize and explain the major international, U.S., and localized law enforcement systems and organization.

  • Describe and analyze the political and public administrative aspects of law enforcement organizations.

Criminal Justice Theories and Concepts

  • Communicate and apply the major theories and concepts of crime, criminal justice, and criminology.

  • Conduct research associated with criminal justice and criminology theories.

Criminal Justice Operations, Practices, and Processes

  • Assess the operations, practices, and processes associated with leading standards of evidence and law.

Digital Forensics

  • Examine common incident response procedures via basic computer investigation processes and a good computer forensics lab for the development of investigative reports following first responder procedures.

  • Investigate forensics of wireless network attacks caused by mobile and wireless peripheral devices, and then evaluate security and access procedures within wireless Internet use of subject search warrants and chain of custody in a forensic investigation.

  • Explore web attacks, router forensics, email tracking techniques, email crime, and network forensics through investigation logs.

  • Discuss corporate espionage and prevention techniques and computer-related crimes, such as sexual harassment and child pornography and the law.

  • Analyze image files using forensic processes, recovered files on deleted partitions, data acquisition and duplication procedures, and steganography tools to create a forensic investigation case.

  • Analyze file systems, hard disks, various types of digital media, tools, and applications that utilize password cracking on various operating systems.

Degree at a Glance

General Education Requirements30
Major Required30
Concentration in Digital Forensics27
Final Program Requirement4
Elective Requirements29
Total Semester Hours120

Degree Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (30 semester hours)

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Art Appreciation
Film and Literature
Image Enhancement using Adobe Photoshop
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
Arabic I
Arabic II
French I
French II
German I
German II
Introduction to Japanese
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Ethics
Philosophy of Science
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese
Introduction to World Religions
Russian I
Spanish I
Spanish II
Civics, Political and Social Sciences (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Human Sexuality
Social Media and Society
Intercultural Communication
Microeconomics
Macroeconomics
Humane Education: A Global Interdisciplinary Perspective
Introduction to Geography
Practical Food Safety and Awareness
International Relations I
Contemporary World Culture Through Literature
Cultural Diversity in Contemporary American Literature
American Government I
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
American Popular Culture
Communication: Writing, Oral, and Multimedia (8 semester hours)
COMM110Information & Digital Literacy2
ENGL110Making Writing Relevant3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Public Speaking
Effectiveness in Writing
Composition and Literature
Technical Writing
Scientific Writing
Business Writing
Human Relations Communication
Information Literacy and Global Citizenship
Introduction to Information Technology Writing
Human Relations
History (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
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
History of Science
Mathematics and Applied Reasoning (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
Accounting for Non Accounting Majors
Fundamentals of Programming
College Algebra
College Trigonometry
Introduction to Statistics
Math for Liberal Arts Majors
Calculus
Natural Sciences with Lab (4 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:4
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 Environmental Science with Lab
Total Semester Hours30
1

All literature courses require successful completion of ENGL101 - Proficiency in Writing or ENGL110 - Making Writing Relevant.

Major Required (30 semester hours)

CMRJ201Criminal Justice Administration3
SSGS300Research Design and Methods3
CMRJ303Criminology3
CMRJ306Criminal Investigation3
CMRJ308Ethics in Criminal Justice3
CMRJ329Criminal Profiling3
CMRJ335Crime Analysis3
CMRJ341Criminalistics3
LSTD301Constitutional Law3
LSTD302Criminal Law3
Total Semester Hours30

Concentration in Digital Forensics (27 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 cybercrime and computer forensics with emphasis on wireless networks and devices, operating systems, intrusions, and the related investigative procedures.

ISSC343Wireless Networks3
ISSC351Computer Forensics3
ISSC451Cybercrime3
ISSC455Digital Forensics: Investigation Procedures and Response3
ISSC456Digital Forensics: Investigating Wireless Networks and Devices3
ISSC457Digital Forensics: Investigating Network Intrusions and Cybercrime Security3
ISSC458Digital Forensics: Investigating Data and Image Files3
ISSC459Digital Forensics: Hard Disc and Operating Systems3
LSTD400Criminal Legal Process3
Total Semester Hours27

Final Program Requirement (4 semester hours)

CMRJ498Forensic Law Enforcement Capstone (to be taken as the last course before graduation) 14
Total Semester Hours4
1

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

Elective Requirements (29 semester hours)

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