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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.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Criminology

Our Bachelor’s degree in Criminology 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 three degree options listed below.

Degree Options

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.

Coordinator: Dr. Keith Clement

Law Enforcement
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.

Coordinator: Dr. Otto Schweizer

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.

Coordinator: Dr. Tinneke Van Camp


Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Forensic Behavioral Sciences

The Forensic Behavioral Sciences degree is designed for students who are interested in the application of other behavioral sciences (e.g., Psychology, Anthropology, Linguistics, etc.) to the criminal justice system. The degree also prepares students interested in traditional criminal justice careers.

Coordinator: Dr. Jenna Kieckhaefer

See the Fresno State general catalog for more information, including degree requirements and course descriptions.

B.S. in Criminology Resource Links