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 in complex criminal justice fields.

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 Requirement3
Elective Requirements30
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
Arabic I
Arabic II
Art Appreciation
Film and Literature
Image Enhancement using Adobe Photoshop
French I
French II
German I
German II
Introduction to Japanese
Literature of American Encounters, Revolution, and Rebellion
From Abolition to #MeToo: Literature of the American Civil Rights Movement
Pivotal Figures in Early British Literature
British Literature from Wordsworth through the Wasteland
Leadership in World Literature: Antiquity to the Early Modern Period
Literature of the Newly Globalized World: The Individual’s Struggle to Adapt
Music Appreciation
World Music and Cultures
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
Thinking and Acting Ethically
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
Forgotten America--Under Represented Cultures in American Literature
Four Points of the Compass: Culture and Society Around the World
Introduction to Political Science
American Government I
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
American Popular Culture
Exploring Society and Cultures via Science Fiction
Communication: Writing, Oral, and Multimedia (9 semester hours)
COMM120Information and Digital Literacy3
ENGL110Making Writing Relevant3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Public Speaking
Proficiency in Writing
Argumentation and Rhetoric
Introduction to Literature
Technical Writing
Scientific Writing
Effective Business Communication
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
The History and Context of STEM
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 (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
Introduction to Biology
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
Introduction to Chemistry
Introduction to Meteorology
Introduction to Geology
Introduction to Environmental Science
Introduction to Physics
Introduction to Astronomy
Introduction to STEM Disciplines
Total Semester Hours30

Major Required (30 semester hours)

CMRJ201Criminal Justice Administration3
CMRJ303Criminology3
CMRJ306Criminal Investigation3
SSGS300Research Design and Methods3
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 (3 semester hours)

CMRJ497Criminal Justice Capstone - Digital Forensics3
Total Semester Hours3

Elective Requirements (30 semester hours)

Select any courses not already taken to fulfill the requirements listed above. Credits applied toward a minor or certificate in an unrelated field may be used to fulfill elective credit for the major.30
Total Semester Hours30