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Forensic Criminology - Program Description

The four-year, undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Forensic Criminology is an exciting new program which combines a core concentration in criminology with select courses in the forensic sciences. Throughout this program, students explore the complex interplay between theory and practice in the criminal justice system. Applying the scientific method to criminological theory, individuals who complete the program will be prepared to actively investigate the relationship between criminological research and evidence-based practice in the justice system, and will be poised to begin professional work in criminal justice, or for enrollment in graduate work. The program is interdisciplinary, reflecting the wide range of job opportunities in the field, including: law enforcement, corrections, victim services, juvenile justice and forensic behavioral sciences.

The program requires 3 lower-level core requirements in criminology and the social sciences; 6 upper-level core courses in criminology, forensic science, information management, and research methods; 2 courses from the criminology cluster; and 2 courses from the forensics cluster.

Program Objectives

The primary educational objectives of the BS in Forensic Criminology include:

  • Exploring a broad range of liberal arts disciplines, and identifying the ways in which these disciplines are interrelated, both in theory and in practical application of theory;
  • Demonstrating facility with conventions of academic and professional discourse;
  • Analyzing the foundations and evolution of criminological theory;
  • Analyzing the foundations and principles of forensic science and criminological practice, including the systems in which these disciplines are found, as well as the prevailing ethical and practical guidelines for practice in these disciplines and systems;
  • Identifying systemic issues and problems in contemporary forensic and criminological practice; and
  • Applying research and data to current forensic and criminological practice to investigate potential mechanisms for evidence-based practice to lead change in emerging justice-system reforms.

Career Opportunities

The program is designed intentionally to develop leaders and thinkers of tomorrow, who strive toward the incorporation of evidence-based practice in the justice system. Thus, the student who pursues the BS in Forensic Criminology might find an appropriate career path in any traditional entry-level criminal justice career field, including:

  • policing in local, state, or federal jurisdictions;
  • corrections at the local, state, or federal level, including probation and parole/community corrections;
  • juvenile justice agencies, including juvenile rehabilitation services as well as custody and corrections.

But this program is also intended for students whose interests tend toward areas outside of the traditional “criminal justice” career path of policing or corrections, and offers opportunities to explore:

  • the legal field, including legal assistant or other entry-level courts positions;
  • criminalistics;
  • crime analysis;
  • criminal justice researcher or research analyst;
  • criminal justice policy analyst;
  • victim advocacy or other victim services;
  • offender re-entry services;
  • rehabilitation services and offender programming;
  • restorative justice services;
  • child protective/social services;
  • governmental administration

Admission Requirements:

  • Refer to the table of  for admission.
  • Students must be prepared to take College Algebra (MATH 121)
  • Students must have a high school average of at least 80.
  • Students must be prepared to take ENGL 101 or ENGL 102.
  • Transfer students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.


Semester I Credits

ENGL 101 Composition and the Spoken Word (GER 10) 3
JUST 202 Intro to Forensic Criminology 3
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology (GER 3) 3
SOCI 101  Intro to Sociology 3
  TOTAL 15

Semester II Credits

MATH 111 Survey of Math (or higher) 3
POLS 105 Intro to American Government and Politics 3
SOCI 105 American Social Problems (GER 3) 3
  Science w/ Lab (GER 2) 4
  Arts Elective (GER 8) 3
  TOTAL 16

Semester III Credits

GMMD 101 Intro to Media Studies 3
SSCI181 Alcohol, Drugs & Society 3
  American History Elective (GER 4) 3
  General Elective 3
  General Elective 3
  TOTAL 15

Semester IV Credits

MATH 141 Statistics 3
PSYC 275 Abnormal Psychology 3
  Western Civilization (GER 5) 3
  Liberal Arts Elective (any GER) 3
  General Elective 3
  TOTAL 15

Semester V Credits

JUST 310 Causes of Crime 3
  Criminology Cluster* 3
  Forensics Cluster** 3
  U/L Liberal Arts Elective 3
  U/L Liberal Arts Elective 3
  TOTAL 15

Semester VI Credits

JUST 426 Ethics in Forensic Science 3
  Forensics Cluster** 3
  U/L Program Elective 3
  U/L General Elective 3
  General Elective 3
  TOTAL 15

Semester VII Credits

JUST 302 Information Management in Criminal Justice 3
JUST 347 Research Methods Criminology 3
JUST 349 Vulnerable Populations in Criminal Justice 1
  Criminology Cluster* 3
  U/L Program Elective 3
  General Elective 3
  TOTAL 16

Semester VIII Credits

JUST 432 Senior Seminar (Capstone) 3
  U/L Program Elective 3
  Program Elective 3
  Program Elective 3
  Program Elective 3
  TOTAL 15

Students in the Criminal Investigation, B. Tech. program are required to earn a C or better in all JUST courses taken for credit in the program.

* Select from JUST 307, JUST 313, JUST 316, JUST 322, JUST 324, JUST 350 or JUST 351

** Select from JUST 303, JUST 320, JUST 422 or JUST 424

U/L=Upper Level Courses (300/400)
GER=General Education Requirement

NOTE: Forensic Criminology students must meet seven of the ten General Education Requirements and successfully complete the SUNY Canton computer competency requirement.

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Forensic Criminology
Kelly Peterson
Assistant Professor