Downtown Fresno Criminology Degree Program

The Downtown Criminology Upper Division Bachelors Degree Program is offered to employees of any local/state/federal government agency . Spouses of government employees and persons recently laid off from area government agencies due to budget cutbacks are eligible for the program on a "space available" basis. The program is made possible through the assistance of the city and county of Fresno, who offer facilities and related logistical assistance, the Division of Global and Continuing Education of CSU Fresno, and the Department of Criminology at CSU Fresno.

The program provides for a set of two required courses being taught over a two months period, with courses offered at government facilities in downtown Fresno. Students taking both courses during each two month cycle will complete their upper division criminology degree requirements in the Law Enforcement option within two years and two months. The program provides 55 units of coursework. Forty three units are in criminology and consist of 42 upper division units and 1 lower division unit, along with the required 12 units of upper division general education coursework (GE). One of the GE courses is a W course to fulfill the university-wide upper division writing requirement. Students with fewer than 70 units at the time of entry into the downtown program must make up the remaining transferable units at a junior college. This can be done concurrently with the downtown classes. Such students should consult with Dr. Schweizer about the best approach for completing any remaining units needed for the degree.

Eligible students may join the program at any point and will be able to complete all of their upper division criminology and General Education courses during a 26 month cycle, beginning with the first set of courses when they join the program.  Students with lower division college coursework or a junior college degree that is not related to criminology can also join the program but may have to complete up to two lower division criminology related courses at a junior college. 


The cost of a three (3) unit course is $675, and all course costs are calculated at $225 per unit. Other than the cost of books, there are no other fees.

For More Information

Please contact Dr. Harald Schweizer at (559) 278-8880 or via email at