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Criminal Justice (BS)

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  • Program Prerequisite: Not required.
  • Minor: Required for students selecting the Criminal Justice Concentration.  Not required for students selecting the Crime Scene Investigation Concentration. In lieu of a minor, students may either 1) complete a second major; or 2) submit for approval by the department chair prior to graduation, certification of completion of an Academy for law enforcement recognized by Utah POST (at the Post Module 2 or Law Enforcement Officer level of completion or equivalent (see Criminal Justice Department web page for information on how to claim credits for POST completion); or 3) an 18 hour specialization may be selected in consultation with the chair and only in those instances where a specific minor is not offered by WSU.
  • Grade Requirements: A grade of “C” or better in courses required for a Bachelor’s Degree in addition to an overall GPA for these courses of 2.50 or higher.  Also refer to the general grade requirements  for graduation.
  • Credit Hour Requirements: A total of 120 credit hours is required for graduation; of which 40 hours must be upper division credit hours (courses numbered 3000 and above). A minimum of 46 Criminal Justice credit hours are required for the Criminal Justice Concentration.  A minimum of 79-82 credit hours (including 49 Criminal Justice credit hours) are required for the Crime Scene Investigation Concentration. 
  • Program Code: 7004BS with Concentration code Criminal Justice (7045), Crime Scene Investigation (7046).
  • CIPC: 430104 with Concentration code Criminal Justice (430104), Crime Scene Investigation (430111).


All Criminal Justice students are encouraged to meet with a faculty advisor at least annually for course and program advisement. Students are encouraged to take CJ 4860 -Criminal Justice Internship.  Visit the Criminal Justice Department web page or call 801-626-6146 for more information or to find an advisor.  (Also refer to the Department Advisor Referral List).

Students with an interest in forensic science lab work should consider the Forensic Science Fundamentals Certificate of Proficiency  and meet with the Director of the Forensic Science Programs.

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Admission Requirements

Declare your program of study . No special admission or application requirements are needed for this program.  Students with a criminal history may be precluded from participating in certain forensic science courses and should see the Director of Forensic Science Programs for advisement prior to selecting this program of study.

General Education

Refer to Degree Requirements  for Bachelor of Science requirements. The following course required for the Criminal Justice major will also satisfy general education requirements: CJ 1010 SS .  Students selecting the Crime Scene Investigation Concentration should complete general education requirements by taking the following support courses: CHEM 1110 PS , CHEM 1210 PS , PHYS 1010 PS , PHYS 2010 PS , PHYS 2210 PS , MATH 1040 QL , ZOOL 1020 LS , ANTH 1020 LS/DV , HTHS 1110 LS , and/or COMM 1020 HU 

Major Course Requirements for BS Degree

Select one of the concentrations listed below and complete the courses listed.


Complete the following:

Criminal Justice Depth (22 credit hours)

Criminal Justice Electives (15 credit hours)

Select 15 credit hours from courses with a CJ prefix. Students may not use CJ 1070  or CJ 1080  to complete the elective requirements. Additionally, students may not use more than 6 credit hours of internship courses (CJ 2860 , CJ 2861 , CJ 2862 , CJ 4860 , or CJ 4861 ) for the CJ electives.


NOTE:  Graduation approval from the forensic science program director after completion of a program portfolio is required of students selecting this program of study.

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