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 57 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 (see University-wide residency requirement) in Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences courses at YSU.

Securities Studies Track

The security studies 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. Choose 15 hours from the courses below:

FSCI 1510Survey of Forensic Science3
FSCI 37003
CRJS 3740Criminal Justice Information Systems3
CRJS 3751Prevention Strategies3
CRJS 4848Loss Prevention and Assets Protection Administration3
CRJS 5840Critical Incidents and Homeland Security3
CRJS 5841Terrorism and Countersurveillance3

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.

YSU 1500Success Seminar1-2
or SS 1500 Strong Start Success Seminar
or HONR 1500 Intro to Honors
General Education Requirements
ENGL 1550Writing 13-4
or ENGL 1549 Writing 1 with Support
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
Any GER MATH course 3-4
PSYC 1560General Psychology (required for major)3
SOC 1500Introduction to Sociology (required for major)3
PHIL 2625Introduction to Professional Ethics (required for major)3
or PHIL 2627 Law and Criminal Justice Ethics
Arts and Humanities (1 course)3
Social and Personal Awareness (2 courses)6
Natural Science (2 course; 1 with lab) 6-7
Major Requirements
CRJS 1500Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CRJS 2601Policing3
CRJS 2602Criminal Courts3
CRJS 2603Corrections3
CRJS 3710Social Statistics3
CRJS 3712Criminal Justice Research3
CRJS 3715Criminal Justice Management Concepts3
CRJS 3719Criminal Law3
CRJS 3735Crime and Delinquency3
CRJS 4800Senior Seminar3
Securities Studies (Select 15 hours from courses below)15
Survey of Forensic Science
FSCI 3700
Criminal Justice Information Systems
Prevention Strategies
Loss Prevention and Assets Protection Administration
Critical Incidents and Homeland Security
Terrorism and Countersurveillance
Criminal Justice Upper Division Electives 2
Select 12 s.h. of upper-division 37XX or higher CRJS electives.12
Electives needed to meet 120 s.h. Students may choose a minor.
Select 12 s.h. of Minor and/or additional electives.26
Total Semester Hours120-124
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
ENGL 1550
Writing 1
or Writing 1 with Support
CRJS 1500 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
Any GER MATH course (3-4 S.H) 3-4
SOC 1500 Introduction to Sociology 3
HAHS 1500 Strong Start FYE 2
 Semester Hours14-16
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
CRJS 2602 Criminal Courts 3
CRJS 2601 Policing 3
Natural Science Elective with Lab 4
PSYC 1560 General Psychology 3
 Semester Hours16
Year 2
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
CRJS 2603 Corrections 3
CRJS 3719 Criminal Law 3
CJFS 3700 or higher-Level Elective 3
Arts and Humanities 3
 Semester Hours15
CRJS 3715 Criminal Justice Management Concepts 3
CRJS 3735 Crime and Delinquency 3
CRJS 3700 or higher-Level Elective 3
CRJS 3700 or higher-Level Elective 3
PHIL 2625 Introduction to Professional Ethics 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 3
CRJS 3710 Social Statistics 3
FSCI 1510 Survey of Forensic Science 3
Natural Science 3
Social and Personal Awareness 3
FSCI 3700 3
 Semester Hours15
CRJS 3712 Criminal Justice Research 3
CRJS 3740 Criminal Justice Information Systems 3
Social and Personal Awareness 3
CRJS 3700 or higher-Level Elective 3
Elective 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 4
CRJS 3751 Prevention Strategies 3
CRJS 4800 3
3700 or higher-Level Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Semester Hours15
CRJS 4848 Loss Prevention and Assets Protection Administration 3
CRJS 4800 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Semester Hours15
 Total Semester Hours120-122

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.