Criminology - Law Enforcement Option, B.S.


Department of Criminology

Emma Hughes, Chair
Science II Building, Room 159
FAX: 559.278.7265

Degrees and Programs Offered

BS in Criminology - Victimology Option, B.S.
BS in Criminology - Corrections Option, B.S.
BS in Criminology - Law Enforcement Option, B.S. - Continuing & Global Education
BS in Criminology - Law Enforcement Option, B.S.
BS in Forensic Behavioral Sciences, B.S.
MN in Criminology, Minor
MS in Criminology, M.S.

Courses Offered

The Department of Criminology offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology, a Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Behavioral Sciences (as of fall 2019), and a Master of Science degree in Criminology. These programs are ideally suited to students planning professional and/or academic careers in criminal justice related fields. Department offerings are diversified and integrated, reflecting the wide range of job opportunities in the field, including direct service and administration in law enforcement, corrections, victimology/victim services, juvenile justice, and forensic behavioral sciences. The department also offers a Criminology minor. The department will not accept a change of major undergraduate student with a cumulative GPA less than 2.5.

Undergraduate Program

The Criminology major is designed to prepare students for beginning professional work in criminal justice and to provide preparation for graduate work including law school. Criminology courses at the undergraduate level include integration of theoretical and applied materials of an interdisciplinary nature. The corrections option is designed for students interested in careers in probation, parole, correctional institutions, and other affiliated forms of work. The law enforcement option is designed for students interested in careers with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, or law enforcement careers within the private sector. The victimology option is designed for students interested in careers in domestic violence programs, rape counseling programs, victim/witness programs, or other victim-related programs at the local, state, or federal level; these programs can either be criminal justice based or community based. An internship course is required in the corrections, law enforcement, and victimology options. The Forensic Behavioral Sciences major prepares students interested in traditional criminal justice careers. However, it is also designed for students interested in the application of other behavioral sciences — such as psychology, anthropology, social work, and linguistics — to the criminal justice system.

Honors Program

The Department of Criminology Honors Program has several major components that are completed over the course of two years. Each fall semester students will take one of the two core honors courses, CRIM 100H and CRIM 170H, such that they complete both during their time in the program. These courses are designed to provide advanced study of research and theory in criminology. In addition, students will annually (during the spring semester) participate in an honors seminar (CRIM 160H) that explores specialized areas, new developments, and syntheses of criminological processes and theory.

The program provides highly qualified advanced students with the opportunity to sharpen their analytical abilities and expand their knowledge of criminology. Minimum criteria for application to the program include second semester sophomore standing and a GPA of at least 3.5 prior to enrollment. Applications are accepted in the spring semester for the following academic year and the Honors Committee oversees the selection process. Accepted students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.5 to remain in the program. Successful students will graduate with a B.S. in Criminology or Forensic Behavioral Sciences with Honors Distinction, an inscribed Smittcamp medallion, and special recognition at graduation.

Graduate Program

The Master of Science degree in Criminology is a 30-unit, flexible program which provides a solid core in the field of criminology while permitting students to pursue specialized areas of interest. The master’s program is designed to prepare students for service and responsible administrative and professional positions in agencies in the criminal justice system. The master’s program also prepares students for a wide variety of occupations including in-service education; administrative education and management; community college teaching; predoctoral studies; and research.


Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements

Criminology Major

A grade of C or higher is required for all courses to be counted toward the major (excluding CR/NC classes).

1. Criminology - Law Enforcement Option major requirements (49 units)

Lower-division requirements: (see advising note 1): CRIM 1 (see advising note 7), 2, 20, 50 (10 units)

Upper-division core (see advising note 2): CRIM 100, 102, 109, 112, 170 (see advising note 6), 174 (18 units)

Upper-division requirements: CRIM 113, 110, 117, 138, 180I or 180HI (15 units)

Electives (6 units)
Any upper-division course offered by the Criminology Department that is not already required by the option, or any of the following courses: AFRS 146, CLAS 120, PHIL 121, and PAX 100, or any other suitable course with permission from the department

2. General Education requirements (49 units)

3. Other requirements (6 units)
Upper-division writing and Multicultural and International (MI)

4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)
(See Degree Requirements); may be used toward a double major or minor

5. Total units (120)*

* G.E. and MI courses can be double-counted with major requirements. The writing requirement may be met by taking the upper-division writing exam. See advisor for details.


Advising Notes

  1. From Fall 2019, students wishing to change their major to Criminology or Forensic Behavioral Sciences will need to have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.
  2. CRIM 108 - a maximum of three units can be used as a criminology elective, or as a substitution for the internship requirement, but not both. Excess units from CRIM 108 will count as general elective units which can be used as part of the 120 unit graduation requirement.


The criminology department consists of 16 full-time faculty members whose expertise includes numerous specialties in the criminal justice system, including corrections, counseling, victimology, juvenile delinquency, theory, legal studies, supervision and management, and criminal justice administration. Various part-time faculty members from major criminal justice agencies also instruct in the department.

For faculty phone numbers and e-mail, see the campus directory.

For more on the faculty, see the faculty pages.

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B.S. in Criminology - Law Enforcement Option

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Students socializing on campus

The Department of Criminology provides undergraduate and graduate education in criminology for students planning professional careers in the criminal justice field. The program is diversified and integrated, reflecting the wide range of job opportunities in the field, including direct service and administration in law enforcement, corrections, forensic behavioral sciences, and victimology/victim services.

What You Can Earn

  • Police Patrol Officer:  $51,651 (our region)
  • Fraud Investigation Officer:  $56,777 (our region)
  • Correctional Officer: $40,838 (our region)

Source: HR Reported data on as of December 2012

What You Can Do

Pursue Careers In:

  • •Welfare fraud
  • Industrial security
  • Victim services
  • State Police
  • Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Alcohol Beverage Control
  • California Youth Authority
  • Office of Criminal Justice Planning
  • Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Fish and Game Department
  • Border Patrol
  • FBI
  • Secret Service
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
  • Park Service
  • Customs and Immigration
  • Federal prisons
  • Children and Family Services
  • Coroner's Office
  • Juvenile Detention Facilities
  • District Attorney Investigations
  • Public Defender Investigations
  • Probation
  • Parole
  • Highway Patrol
  • Criminalistics
  • Social Services
  • Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Marshals Service
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Local Police

Interesting Classes You Might Take

  • Crime and Violence in America
  • Forensic Science
  • Community-Based and Institutional Corrections
  • Victim Services
  • Administration of Justice
  • Criminal Law
  • Professionalism in Criminal Justice
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Criminal Justice Counseling
  • Family Violence
  • Alcohol, Drugs and Criminality
  • Psychology of Crime
  • Trauma and Crisis Intervention
  • Internships in Law Enforcement, Corrections, and Victimology
  • Homeland Security

What You Can Learn

  • The composition, manufacture, use, and misuse of drugs and their relationship to criminality
  • The psychological bases of criminal behavior
  • Typology and history of family abuse
  • Crimes' causal factors, agencies of justice, treatment processes, and programs for control and prevention of juvenile delinquency

About the College

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We place emphasis on learning practical skills to aid you in your career. Our students do internships, participate in archaeological digs, or do service-learning projects with a non-profit agency. Students can assist on research projects or organize a social change project.

Whatever a student's major, they enjoy our witty and talented faculty and our caring staff as they discover our social world.

College Contact Information

Phone: (559) 278-3013
FAX: (559) 278-7664

5340 N. Campus Drive MS/SS91
Fresno CA 93740-8019

Department Contact Info

Science II, Area C - Room 159
2576 E San Ramon, MS/ST104
Fresno CA 93740-8029

Phone: 559.278.2305
Fax: 559.278.7265

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