A Bachelor of Science in Applied Science (BSAS) degree in Criminal Justice requires a minimum of 120 semester hours. All Bachelor of Science in Applied Science students must complete a minimum of 45 semester hours of Criminal Justice courses of which 36 semester hours or more must be taken from upper-division courses. The courses are listed as CJFS courses.  This degree can be earned in eight semesters if students average 15 hours per semester.

Transfer students must complete a minimum of 18 hours in Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences courses at YSU. All majors must complete:

  • the core requirements:
    COURSETITLES.H.
    CJFS 2601Policing3
    CJFS 2602Criminal Courts3
    CJFS 2603Corrections3
    CJFS 3710Social Statistics3
    CJFS 3712Criminal Justice Research3
    CJFS 3715Criminal Justice Management Concepts3
    CJFS 3719Criminal Law3
    CJFS 3735Crime and Delinquency3
    Total Semester Hours24
  • the courses required in the student's chosen emphasis area
  • 15 hours of CJFS electives not in the emphasis area (as designated on the department's curriculum sheet).

Loss Prevention/Assets Protection Track

The loss prevention/assets protection track is offered to students preparing for a career in private or homeland security or the protection of assets in corporate, retail, or industrial settings. Courses required:

COURSETITLES.H.
CJFS 1510Survey of Forensic Sciences3
CJFS 3700Forensic Fire and Explosives Investigation3
CJFS 3740Criminal Justice Information Systems3
CJFS 3751Prevention Strategies3
CJFS 4848Loss Prevention and Assets Protection Administration3
Total Semester Hours15

A grade of C or better must be received in each required Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences course in order to satisfy the departmental requirements for the degree.

COURSETITLES.H.
General Education Requirements
Core Competencies
ENGL 1550Writing 13
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
HAHS 1500Introduction to the Bitonte College of Health and Human Services2
MATH 2623Quantitative Reasoning3
Natural Science (2 courses, 1 with lab)7
PHIL 2625Introduction to Professional Ethics3
or PHIL 2627 Law and Criminal Justice Ethics
Arts and Humanities3
SOC 1500Introduction to Sociology3
CJFS 1500Introduction to Criminal Justice3
Social and Personal Awareness6
PSYC 1560General Psychology3
Major Requirements
CJFS 2601Policing3
CJFS 2602Criminal Courts3
CJFS 2603Corrections3
CJFS 3710Social Statistics3
CJFS 3712Criminal Justice Research3
CJFS 3715Criminal Justice Management Concepts3
CJFS 3719Criminal Law3
CJFS 3735Crime and Delinquency3
Criminal Justice Upper Division Electives, 37XX or higher-15 s.h. 2
Select 15 s.h. of upper-division 37XX or higher CJFS electives.15
Electives or (Optional) Minor-must have 24 s.h. total
Select 24 s.h. of Minor or additional electives.24
Loss Prevention/Asset Protection
CJFS 1510Survey of Forensic Sciences3
CJFS 3700Forensic Fire and Explosives Investigation3
CJFS 3740Criminal Justice Information Systems3
CJFS 3751Prevention Strategies3
CJFS 4848Loss Prevention and Assets Protection Administration 13
Total Semester Hours120
1

 Capstone course.

2

 Alternate option is to complete OPOTA.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallS.H.
ENGL 1550 Writing 1 3
MATH 2623 Quantitative Reasoning 3
CJFS 1500 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
SOC 1500 Introduction to Sociology 3
HAHS 1500 Introduction to the Bitonte College of Health and Human Services 2
 Semester Hours14
Spring
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
CJFS 2602 Criminal Courts 3
CJFS 2601 Policing 3
Natural Science Elective with Lab 4
PSYC 1560 General Psychology 3
 Semester Hours16
Year 2
Fall
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
CJFS 2603 Corrections 3
CJFS 3719 Criminal Law 3
CJFS 3700 or higher-Level Elective 3
Arts and Humanities 3
 Semester Hours15
Spring
CJFS 3715 Criminal Justice Management Concepts 3
CJFS 3735 Crime and Delinquency 3
CJFS 3700 or higher-Level Elective 3
CJFS 3700 or higher-Level Elective 3
PHIL 2625 Introduction to Professional Ethics 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 3
Fall
CJFS 3710 Social Statistics 3
CJFS 1510 Survey of Forensic Sciences 3
Natural Science 3
Social and Personal Awareness 3
CJFS 3700 Forensic Fire and Explosives Investigation 3
 Semester Hours15
Spring
CJFS 3712 Criminal Justice Research 3
CJFS 3740 Criminal Justice Information Systems 3
Social and Personal Awareness 3
CJFS 3700 or higher-Level Elective 3
Elective 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 4
Fall
CJFS 3751 Prevention Strategies 3
CJFS 3700 or higher-Level Elective 3
3700 or higher-Level Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Semester Hours15
Spring
CJFS 4848 Loss Prevention and Assets Protection Administration 3
CJFS 3700 or higher-Level Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Semester Hours15
 Total Semester Hours120

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students can discriminate the influence of the CJ system at the subsystem levels (policing, courts, and corrections)                            
  2. Students can apply CJ theories.                                   
  3. Students can analyze legal situations.                          
  4. Students can assess public policy as it relates to the CJ system.