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Criminal Justice BS

Admission to Upper-division Criminal Justice Standing

The Department of Criminal Justice requires all criminal justice majors to apply for admission to upper-division criminal justice standing. To be admitted to upper-division criminal justice standing, a student must meet the following criteria below prior to enrolling in 300-level and 400-level criminal justice courses with the prerequisite of “upper-division criminal justice standing.” Criminal justice majors enrolling in these upper-division criminal justice courses without approved upper-division standing will be withdrawn administratively from the courses.

  1. Admission to Boise State.
  2. Completion of the following courses with a C- or better in each course: ENGL 101, ENGL 102, UF 100, UF 200, POLS 101, SOC 101, BIOL 100 or BIOL 107 or BIOL 191 or BIOL 227; MATH 123 or higher; 3-4 credits in FN; 3 credits in FA; 3-4 credits in FH.
  3. Completion of the following CJ lower-division courses with a C- or better in each course: CJ 101, CJ 102, and CJ 104.
  4. Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher at the time of application is required.
  5. At least 58 credits (including coursework in progress at the time of application).
  6. Submission of a completed application through the department’s website once the above requirements have been met.

Transfer Students

Students transferring into the Criminal Justice program from other institutions will be evaluated by the undergraduate coordinator on an individual basis. Failure to meet the above minimum requirements will result in a delayed entrance into upper-division courses until the deficiencies have been addressed.

Nonmajor Students

Upper-division nonmajors and CJ minors will be permitted to enroll in specific upper-division courses. See department website for a list of these courses.

Criminal Justice BS
Course Number and TitleCredits
University Foundations Program requirements indicated in bold. See page 49 for details and lists of approved courses.
UF 100 Foundations of Intellectual Life3
UF 200 Foundations of Ethics and Diversity3
FW ENGL 101 Writing and Rhetoric I3
FW ENGL 102 Writing and Rhetoric II3
FC Foundations of Oral Communication3
FM MATH 123 Math in Modern Society or higher3-4
FN BIOL 100 Concepts of Biology or
FN BIOL 107 Introduction to Human Biology or
FN BIOL 191 Biology I: Intro to Cell & Molecular Biology or
FN BIOL 227 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
FN Foundations of Natural, Physical, & Applied Sciences course in a second field3-4
FA Foundations of Arts course3
FH Foundations of Humanities course3-4
FS POLS 101 American National Government3
FS SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology3
CJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CJ 102 Introduction to Police3
CJ 104 Introduction to Corrections3
CJ 315 Theories of Crime3
CJ 317 Juvenile Justice3
CJ 375 Criminal Procedure3
CJ 425 Research Methods3
CJ 426 Statistics3
FF CJ 498 Senior Seminar3
SPS 200 Careers in Public Service3
SPS 240 Playing with Public Data3
SPS 300 Communication in the Public Sphere3
Upper-division criminal justice electives
A maximum of 3 credits of CJ 493 Internship may be used
Upper-division electives to total 40 credits10
Electives to total 120 credits25-29