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Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a concentration in forensic crime scene investigation

Special requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice requires a minimum of 120 credits, including 39 credits in criminal justice courses. No more than half of the criminal justice courses applied to the major can be transferred from another college. Students must earn a total of 45 credits in classes at the 300-level and above, including upper-level criminal justice course work. To graduate from the criminal justice program, students must have a cumulative and major GPA of 2.0. The criminal justice curriculum includes the core and concentration requirements.

The major objective of this degree program is to prepare students for effective professional careers in criminal justice, forensic crime scene investigation, public service and other helping professions, and/or prepare them to pursue studies in law and other related graduate programs. Career opportunities are available in federal, state, local and private justice-related endeavors. These careers include law enforcement, crime scene investigation, juvenile justice, corrections and the courts.

This program also prepares students to enter law school or to pursue graduate studies in criminal justice or in several of the human services fields, usually related to justice. This program offers and encourages in-service justice employees and others to enhance their professional career development through higher education.

Students majoring in criminal justice receive a broad educational background, professionally oriented courses in their special area of interest and various skill courses designed to enhance their career opportunities. Through core courses and electives in the major, students have the opportunity to orient their course work to fit their educational objectives and career plans.

It is essential that students seek and follow the advice of an adviser in the progression of the core courses, the selection of criminal justice electives and in the identification of complementary courses in other disciplines that can benefit the student and assist in the accomplishment of career goals. Whether the student is interested in general criminal justice, policing, crime scene investigation, legal studies, juvenile justice or corrections, faculty and advisers can assist in identifying the appropriate curriculum.

This concentration is offered for those students who are interested in careers in crime scene investigation at the local, state or federal levels.

Degree requirements for Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a concentration in forensic crime scene investigation

Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:

  • Identify concepts and issues that are relevant and/or appropriate (research/content).
  • Demonstrate logical connections in concepts, facts and information identified in the literature.
  • Gather and synthesize knowledge pertaining to a criminal justice or criminological issue.
General Education requirements (32-46 credits) Credits
University Core Education Curriculum (minimum 21 credits)
UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I 3
UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II 3
UNIV 200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument 3
Approved humanities/fine arts 3
Approved natural/physical sciences 3-4
Approved quantitative literacy 3-4
Approved social/behavioral sciences 3-4
Additional College of Humanities and Sciences requirements (11-23 credits)  
HUMS 202 Choices in a Consumer Society 1
Approved H&S diverse and global communities 3
Approved H&S general education electives 6-8
Approved H&S human, social and political behavior (fulfills University Core social/behavioral sciences)  
Approved H&S literature and civilization (fulfills University Core humanities/fine arts)  
Approved H&S science and technology (fulfills University Core natural/physical sciences)  
Experiential fine arts (course offered by the School of the Arts) 1-3
Foreign language through the 102 level (by course or placement) 0-8
Collateral requirement  
STAT 210 Basic Practice of Statistics (fulfills quantitative literacy)  
Major requirements (39 credits)  
Core requirements  
CRJS 181 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRJS 253 Introduction to Corrections 3
CRJS 254 Introduction to Policing 3
CRJS 355 Criminological Theory 3
CRJS 380 Research Methods in Criminal Justice 3
CRJS 475 Criminal Procedure 3
CRJS 480 Senior Seminar 3
Concentration requirements  
CRJS 320 Principles of Criminal Investigation 3
CRJS 370 Criminalistics and Crime Analysis 3
CRJS 373 Crime Scene Evidence: Law and Trial Procedure 3
CRJS 425 Violent Crime Scene Investigation 3
CRJS electives (must be upper-level) 6
Open electives (35-49 credits)  
Open electives 35-49
Total minimum requirement 120

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