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
|Total Semester Hours||121|
Degree Program Requirements
First Course Requirement (3 semester hours)
|COLL100||Foundations of Online Learning 1||3|
|Total Semester Hours||3|
General Education Requirements (38 semester hours)
|ENGL101||Proficiency in Writing (Required)||3|
|Effectiveness in Writing|
|Composition and Literature|
|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|
|Human Relations Communication|
|Introduction to Japanese|
|Introduction to Philosophy|
|Introduction to Ethics|
|Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese|
|Introduction to World Religions|
|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|
|Introduction to Statistics|
|Math for Liberal Arts Majors|
|American Government I|
|International Relations I|
|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 Forestry with Lab|
|Introduction to Oceanography with Lab|
|Introduction to Meteorology with Lab|
|Introduction to Physical Geology with Lab|
|Introduction to Human Ecology with Lab|
|Introduction to Environmental Science with Lab|
|Physics I with Lab (Prerequisite: MATH225 - Calculus)|
|Physics II with Lab (Prerequisite: MATH226 - Calculus II)|
|Introduction to Anthropology|
|Introduction to Geography|
|Introduction to Psychology|
|Introduction to Sociology|
|American Popular Culture|
|Total Semester Hours||38|
Core Requirements (34 semester hours)
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.
|CMRJ205||Rape and Sexual Violence||3|
|CMRJ330||DNA in the Criminal Justice System||3|
|CMRJ332||Bloodspatter Pattern Analysis||3|
|CMRJ333||Firearms Forensics Investigation||3|
|CMRJ334||Voice Stress Analysis||3|
|CMRJ402||The Pathology of Death Investigations||3|
|LSTD400||Criminal Legal Process||3|
|Total Semester Hours||24|
Final Program Requirement (4 semester hours)
|CMRJ498||Forensic Law Enforcement Capstone (to be taken as the last course before graduation) 1||4|
|Total Semester Hours||4|
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.