Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Criminology
Criminology courses at the undergraduate level include integration of theoretical
and applied materials of an interdisciplinary nature. The curriculum is designed to
prepare students for beginning professional work in the criminal justice system and
allied professions, as well as to provide preparation for graduate work.
Our Bachelor’s degree is unique from other undergraduate programs because we require students to select an academic specialization in Criminology. Specifically, students must select from one of the four degree options listed below.
Corrections (click here)
The Corrections option provides a basic academic foundation for work with offenders in institutional and community-based agencies such as probation, parole, jails, and prisons.
Forensic Behavioral Sciences (click here)
The Forensic Behavioral Sciences option prepares students interested in traditional criminal justice careers. However, it is also designed for students who are interested in the application of other behavioral sciences such as-Psychology, Anthropology, and Linguistics-to the criminal justice system.
Law Enforcement (click here)
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.
Victimology (click here)
The Victimology option is designed for students interested in careers in domestic violence programs, rape counseling programs, victim/witness programs, or other vicitm-related programs at the local, state, or federal level. These programs can either be criminal justice or community based.
See the Fresno State general catalog for more information, including degree requirements and course descriptions.
Off-Campus (Distance Learning) Degree Program
The Department offers its Bachelor's Degree via compressed video at the university satellite campuses located at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California and West Hills College in Lemoore, California.
Downtown Fresno Criminology Degree Program
The Bachelor's Degree is also offered at law enforcement facilities in the City of
The Downtown Criminology Upper Division Bachelor's 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, which offer facilities and related logistical assistance, the Division of Global and Continuing Education of Fresno State, and the Department of Criminology at Fresno State.
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 writing (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 community college.
This can be done concurrently with the downtown classes. Such students should consult
with Dr. H. Otto 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. H. Otto Schweizer.