Apr 21, 2018  
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice/Forensic Science Specialization, BS


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In order to earn the bachelor of science degree with a major in criminal justice and a specialization in forensic science, students must complete a minimum of 180 quarter credits for the forensic psychology specialization and 192 credits for the forensic science specialization with a cumulative and a major/program grade point average of 2.00, including the following:

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


* Criminal justice majors are required to take CRJS 487 Senior Synthesis to fulfill the Core Senior Synthesis/Capstone 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/Capstone requirement.

Choose one of the following two courses:

IV. Other Major Requirements: (*10)

Continuation of series in Physics (PHYS 106 -PHYS 107  or PHYS 122 -PHYS 123 ) OR Biology (BIOL 161  /BIOL 171  , BIOL 162  /BIOL 172  , BIOL 163  /BIOL 173  )


1. With the exception of the “other major requirements,” a maximum of 50 community college credits may apply to this specialization. 2. CRJS special topics or physical science courses not listed may be selected as forensic science electives if deemed applicable and approved by the program chair. 3. The BS major in Criminal Justice with a 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 and to make sure courses are chosen carefully. 4. Students planning to seek employment as a crime lab forensic scientist immediately upon graduation or to pursue a career or graduate study in forensic science are strongly encouraged to: a) complete a double major, or at minimum, a minor in chemistry; b) continue the physics series as the  option for “other major requirements;” c) consult the minimum qualifications for employment with the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab and/or comparable agencies; d) apply for/complete a laboratory internship. 5. Students planning to pursue a career in medico-legal death investigation are strongly encouraged to: a) complete a double major, or at minimum, a minor in biology; b) continue the biology series as the option for “other major requirements;” c) apply for/complete an internship with the medical examiners office or related agency. 6. 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.