The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice offers an in-depth scientific study of crime, criminal behavior, crime scene investigation theories, and the importance of scientific analysis as evidence presented in the criminal justice system. 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, as you prepare for careers in complex criminal justice occupations within public safety organizations.
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.
In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:
- Describe the functions of police, courts, and corrections.
- Identify the basic methodological approaches in gaining criminological knowledge.
- Critically evaluate the various methodologies used to measure crime.
- Explain the socio-political nature of defining certain acts as criminal behavior.
- Describe and analyze the political and public administrative aspects of law enforcement organizations.
- Analyze and compare major criminology theories and trends in criminal activity.
- Conduct research associated with criminal justice and criminology theories.
- Demonstrate ethical criminal justice research practices.
- Outline theories and practices associated to crime control efforts.
- Discuss theories and practice associated with crime scene investigation.
- Evaluate different theories and techniques for recovering potential evidence.
- Discuss theories of modern analytical chemistry as applied to forensic problems.
- Describe the role of data analysis in testing criminological theories and assessing crime reduction efforts.
- Display clear knowledge of ethical concerns when physical evidence is presented to the criminal justice system.
- Describe and analyze advancements made in law enforcement forensics practices.