Criminology - Law Enforcement Option, B.S. - Continuing & Global Education


Department of Criminology

Bachelor of Science in Criminology Law Enforcement Option (Off-Campus) Requirements

Criminology courses at the undergraduate level include integration of theoretical and applied materials of an interdisciplinary nature. The law enforcement option is designed for students in careers with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, or law enforcement careers within the private sector. Students enrolling in this degree program can anticipate promotions within their agencies and earn increased qualifications for various positions within criminal justice agencies.

This online degree completion program is offered exclusively to current and former employees and their spouses from any local, state or federal government entity. The program has been in operation for seven years.

Eligible students may join the program at any point. Classes begin at various times throughout each semester. Classes are not normally scheduled during the months of June, July, December, and January.

Students taking both courses during each two-month cycle can complete their upper division criminology degree requirements in the Law Enforcement option within two years. Classes are accelerated, meet face-to-face on Monday and/or Wednesday evenings, and each class meets all day on one Saturday per month. Some instruction may be online.

Criminology faculty members are experts in their field. The online program provides the same courses required for the B.S. in criminology on campus and the majority of the courses are taught by tenured or tenure track full-time faculty from the Fresno State campus.

To be eligible for admission, students must meet these requirements:

  • two years (60 units) of transferable units from an accredited university or college, including the completion of the lower division General Education requirements needed for admission as transfer students
  • prerequisite courses for the criminology major (these may be completed at a community college while one is concurrently enrolled in the off-campus B.S. in Criminology program)

To inquire about the Bachelor of Science in Criminology, contact:
Dr. Harald Otto Schweizer
Science II, Area C - Room 159
2576 E. San Ramon, M/S ST104
Fresno, CA 93740-8029 • 559.278.8880


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.

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