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  • Additional Information Regarding Prerequisites to Criminal Justice Courses:

    • 30 units are required to enroll in CRJU 301, 302, and 303.

    • 60 units are required to enroll in all CRJU courses numbered 304 and higher.

    • CRJU 101 (Introduction to Criminal Justice) is a prerequisite to all 300-level and 400-level courses. It should be taken in the first-year of college study.

    • CRJU 110 (Justice Research and Writing) is a prerequisite to all 300-level and 400-level courses. It should be taken in the first-year of college study after completion of ENGL 100.

    • CRJU 230 (Survey of Forensic Sciences) is a prerequisite to all 400-level forensic studies courses, including CRJU 430 (Criminal Evidence and Trials); CRJU 440 (Criminalistics: Forensic Science in the Crime Laboratory); CRJU 441 (Investigating High-Tech Crimes); CRJU 442 (Forensic Psychology and the Criminal Justice System); and CRJU 443 (Forensic Pathology and the Medical-Legal Investigation of Death). The prerequisite may be waived for upper-division students with the permission of the instructor.

    • CRJU 301 (Courts) is a prerequisite to CRJU 340 (Substantive Criminal Law) and CRJU 350 (Constitutional Criminal Procedure). It is highly recommended, therefore, that students take CRJU 301 in the second/sophomore year of college study, or, alternatively, in the first semester of the third/junior year.

    • CRJU 302 (Policing) and 303 (Corrections) are prerequisites to CRJU 330 (Ethics and Diversity). It is highly recommended, therefore, that students take CRJU 302 in the second/sophomore year of college study, or, alternatively, in the first semester of the third/junior year.

    • CRJU 304 (Criminological Theory) should be taken as a prerequisite to CRJU 320 (Research Methods), but, if necessary, these classes may be taken concurrently. It is highly recommended, though, that students take CRJU 304 in the second semester of the second/sophomore year of college study before taking CJRU 320.

    • CRJU 320 (Research Methods) is a prerequisite to CRJU 325 (Statistics). It is highly recommended, therefore, that students take CRJU 320 in the in the first semester of the third/junior year, or, alternatively, no later than the second semester of the third/junior year.

    • Some 400-level elective courses require completion of the 30 units of core criminal justice courses as a prerequisite to enrollment.  Check the University Catalog for details.

    • Students may not enroll in any integrative experience without having first completed the 11 courses (34 units) required in the criminal justice core (i.e., CRJU 101, 110, 301, 302, 303, 304, 320, 325, 330, 340, and 350) unless special permission is granted for an exception to this rule.
  • Additional Information Regarding Major Requirements:

    • All students must complete at least 120 units to earn the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.

    • A grade of C or higher is required in all core and restricted options courses as well as in the senior integrative experience.
  • Additional Information Regarding Substitutions:

    • Lower-division courses will not be substituted for upper-division courses. Therefore, CRIM 151 will not substitute for CRJU 340 (although CRJU 340 will substitute in lieu of CRIM 151 for students whose program planners require them to take CRIM 151).

    • Students who took an approved, four-unit statistics course (see an advisor for details), may substitute any upper-division CRJU elective numbered 400-499 (not used to satisfy the requirements of the restricted options) in lieu of CRJU 325.

    • More than one restricted options course may be taken, and the additional units earned by taking additional restricted options course will count toward satisfying the Criminal Justice Upper-Division Elective Requirement.

    • Students may take CRJU 490 (Advanced Special Topics in Criminology and Criminal Justice) for up to 9 units provided that each topic is different.

    • Upper-division criminal justices courses from another four-year university may be substituted for CRJU requirements with the approval of an advisor or the School Director.