Bachelor of Science in Applied Science in Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement Track

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 CRJS 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.

Law Enforcement Track

The law enforcement track is designed for persons preparing for employment in municipal, state, and private agencies; federal law enforcement agencies; homeland security; administrative positions in municipal or state agencies; or as instructors in police education programs.

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 course3-5
PHIL 2625Introduction to Professional Ethics (required for major)3
or PHIL 2627 Law and Criminal Justice Ethics
One additional Arts and Humanities course (non-ethics)3
Natural Science (2 courses, 1 with lab) (7 s.h)7
SOC 1500Introduction to Sociology (required for major)3
PSYC 1560General Psychology (required for major)3
Social and Personal Awareness (2 courses)6
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
Criminal Justice Upper Division Electives, 37XX or higher-12 s.h. 2
Select 12 s.h. of upper-division 37XX or higher CRJS electives.12
Electives or (Optional) Minor-must have 25 s.h. total
Select 25 s.h. of Minor or additional electives.25
Law Enforcement
FSCI 1510Survey of Forensic Science3
FSCI 3714
Forensic Science: Crime Scene Investigation
and Forensic Science CSI Lab
CRJS 3740Criminal Justice Information Systems3
CRJS 4870Law Enforcement Administration3
CRJS 5825Criminal Procedures and Constitutional Issues3
Total Semester Hours120-124

 Capstone course.


 Alternate option is to complete OPOTA.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
YSU 1500
Success Seminar
or Strong Start Success Seminar
or Intro to Honors
ENGL 1550
Writing 1
or Writing 1 with Support
CRJS 1500 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
Any GER MATH course (3-5 S.H) 3-5
SOC 1500 Introduction to Sociology 3
 Semester Hours13-17
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
CRJS 2602 Criminal Courts 3
CRJS 2601 Policing 3
PSYC 1560 General Psychology 3
Natural Science with Lab 4
 Semester Hours16
Year 2
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
CRJS 2603 Corrections 3
CRJS 3719 Criminal Law 3
CRJS 3700 or higher-Level Elective 3
Arts and Humanities Gen Ed (1 non-ethics course) 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
Natural Science 3
CRJS 3710 Social Statistics 3
FSCI 1510 Survey of Forensic Science 3
Social and Personal Awareness 3
Elective 3
 Semester Hours15
FSCI 3714 Forensic Science: Crime Scene Investigation 2
FSCI 3714L Forensic Science CSI Lab 1
CRJS 3740 Criminal Justice Information Systems 3
Social and Personal Awarenss 3
Elective 3
CRJS 3712 Criminal Justice Research 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 4
CRJS 3700 or higher-Level Elective 3
CRJS 3700 or higher-Level Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 1
CRJS 3777 (16 s.h.)
CRJS 4807 (3-12 s.h.)
 Semester Hours16
CRJS 4870 Law Enforcement Administration 3
3700 or higher-Level Elective 3
CRJS 4800 3
Elective 3
CRJS 5825 Criminal Procedures and Constitutional Issues 3
 Semester Hours15
 Total Semester Hours120-124

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.