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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justice majors enrolling in these upper-division criminal justice courses without approved upper-division will be withdrawn administratively from the courses.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 227; MATH 123 or higher; 3-4 credits in DLN; 3 credits in DLV; 3-4 credits in DLL.
  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 and current transcript by due date published by the department each semester.

Transfer Students

Students transferring into the Criminal Justice program from other institutions will be evaluated by the department chair 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 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
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing3
ENGL 102 Intro to College Writing and Research3
UF 100 Intellectual Foundations3
UF 200 Civic and Ethical Foundations3
DLM MATH 123 Quantitative Reasoning or higher3-4
DLN BIOL 100 Concepts of Biology or
DLN BIOL 107 Introduction to Human Biology or
DLN BIOL 191 Biology I: Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology or
DLN BIOL 227 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
DLN Natural, Physical, and Applied Sciences course in a second field3-4
DLV Visual and Performing Arts3
DLL Literature and Humanities3-4
DLS POLS 101 American National Government3
DLS 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 321 Criminal Law3
CID CJ 425 Research Methods3
CJ 426 Statistics3
FF CJ 498 Senior Seminar3
Upper-division criminal justice electives
A maximum of 3 credits of CJ 493 Internship may be used
Upper-division electives to total 40 credits13
Electives to total 120 credits34-37