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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice with a Specialization in Forensic Science, BA

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In order to earn the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Criminal Justice, specialization in Forensic Science, 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:


The BA with a major in Criminal Justice, Forensic Science specialization will not prepare you for employment as a crime lab forensic scientist. Choose the BA with a major in Criminal Justice, 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.

II. College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

  • Modern Languages 1150, 1250, 1350, or equivalent (15)


All students with a major in the College of Arts and Sciences must demonstrate competency through the level of 1350 in a language other than English. This competency is ordinarily achieved by successful completion of the three-course sequence: 1150, 1250, and 1350. 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 and Cultures 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 major requirements.

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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 3030  and PSYC 3050  fulfill  CRJS 3010  and CRJS 3020  for students obtaining a double major or double degree in criminal justice and psychology.

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