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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.

Degree Options

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 Program

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