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2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice/Forensic Science Specialization, BCJ

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Bachelor of Criminal Justice

In order to earn the bachelor of criminal justice degree, students must complete a minimum of 180 quarter credits with a cumulative and a major/program grade point average of 2.00, including the following:

I. Core Curriculum Requirements


  1. A course used to satisfy the core senior synthesis may not also apply to the major requirements.
  2. Interdisciplinary core courses taken through the criminal justice program will fulfill both the interdisciplinary core requirement and major requirement (either as a specialization requirement or criminal justice elective depending on the course taken and degree/specialization option).
  3. Criminal justice majors are required to take CRJS 487  Senior Synthesis to fulfill the core senior synthesis requirement with the exception of students obtaining a double major or double degree in which case the senior synthesis from the second major/degree will fulfill the core senior synthesis requirement.


II. College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

  • Modern Language 115, 125, 135, or equivalent (15)


All students with a major in the College of Arts and Sciences must demonstrate competency through the level of 135 in a language other than English. This competency is ordinarily achieved by successful completion of the three-course sequence: 115, 125, and 135. Because these courses are a college requirement, no course in the sequence may be taken on a pass/fail, correspondence, or audit basis. Placement into other than the beginning course of the sequence is achieved by acceptable performance on the Modern Language Competency Examination. See the Modern Languages Department  for details on the examinations. Courses used to satisfy the College of Arts and Sciences modern language requirement may not be used to fulfill criminal justice major requirements.

Forensic Science Specialization


The BCJ/Forensic Science specialization will not prepare you for employment as a crime lab forensic scientist. Choose the BCJ/Forensic Science Specialization only if you are interested in earning a criminal justice degree with a stronger physical science foundation than you would obtain through the administration of justice or criminology specializations. Students planning to seek employment as a crime lab forensic scientist or a medicolegal death investigator immediately upon graduation or to pursue a career or graduate study in forensic science, should complete the BS major in Criminal Justice, with a Forensic Science specialization  and are encouraged to double major, or at minimum, minor in chemistry, biology, or physics.

Choose one of the following two courses:


1. CRJS special topics or other criminal justice and/or physical science courses not listed may be selected as forensic science electives if deemed applicable and approved by the program chair. 2. The forensic science specialization may require additional preparation in science and math prerequisites. Students should work closely with their advisor to determine preparatory course work needed. 3. A maximum of 30 community college credits may apply to this specialization. 4. PSYC 303  and PSYC 305  fulfill CRJS 301  and CRJS 302  for students obtaining a double major or double degree in criminal justice and psychology.

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