BS in Crime Science

Bachelor of Science in Crime Science

NOTE: The BS in Crime Science (BSCS) is pending addition to the State University System (SUS) degree inventory. Although the BSCS will be available beginning Fall 2018, students will not be able to apply or transfer to the program until around April 15, 2018. The BSCS will be available at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus and fully online.

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Prerequisite Courses

  • STA 2023 Statistics for Business and Economics (pre-requisite: high school algebra) OR
  • STA 2122 Statistics for Behavioral and Social Sciences I (pre-requisite: high school algebra) OR
  • STA 3111 Statistics I (pre-requisite: high school algebra)
  • BSC 2010 General Biology I (pre- or co-requisite: BSC 2010L)
  • BSC 2010L General Biology I Lab
  • CHM 1045 General Chemistry I (pre-requisites: MAC 1105, MAC 1114, MAC 1140, or MAC 1147; or CHM 1025; or adequate placement test score)
  • CHM 1045L General Chemistry I Lab

Additional Major Requirements

Crime science majors must complete 43 credit hours or core courses and 17 credit hours of general electives. Students must earn a grade of C or higher in all courses required for the major and satisfy the Green School Language Requirement.

Core Courses (43 Credits)

  • CCJ 4014 Criminological Theory
  • CCJ 4700 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
  • CCJ 4701 Measurement and Analysis in Criminal Justice (pre- or co-requisite CCJ 4700)
  • CCJ 4XXX GIS and Crime Mapping
  • CJE 3444 Crime Prevention
  • CJE 3610 Criminal Investigation
  • CJL 4133 Criminal Evidence
  • CHS 3501 Survey of Forensic Science
  • CHS 3501L Survey of Forensic Science Laboratory
  • CCJ 4225 The Courts and Forensic Science
  • DSC 4012 Terrorism and Homeland Security (GL)
  • CJE 4694 Cyber Crime
  • CTS 1120 Fundamentals of Cybersecurity
  • EEL 4806 Ethical Hacking and Countermeasures
  • CCJ 4497 Crime Control and Public Policy (pre-requisites 90 credits, criminal justice major, CCJ 4014, CCJ 4700; pre- or co-requisite CCJ 4701)

GL = Global Learning Course

General Electives (17 Credits).

Students must complete 5 credit hours of 3000 or 4000 level courses and 9 credit hours outside the Criminal Justice Department. Students are strongly encouraged to complete an internship to gain practical experience in the field (CCJ 4940). For information on internships, see http:/

Law Enforcement Apprenticeship Program (LEAP)

LEAP combines classroom instruction with specialized police training and workplace experience to produce successful law enforcement professionals and future leaders in the field. LEAP provides students with college credits towards the completion of the Bachelor of Science degree programs in Criminal Justice (BSCJ) or Crime Science (BSCS). For additional information, see

Degree Requirements

  1. All students are required to complete the University Core Curriculum General Education Requirements to receive a degree from FIU. Proof of an Associate of Arts (AA) degree from a Florida college automatically satisfies this requirement.
  2. Students entering FIU without an Associate of Arts degree from a Florida college must complete the "University Core Curriculum" requirements. (See the FIU Catalog website for details on the Core Requirements).
  3. Foreign Language - Students must show mastery at, or complete a second semester sequence (at the college level) foreign language course or one more advanced with a minimum grade of "C". Credits earned through AP, IB, CLEP and other testing methods for earning accelerated credit satisfy this requirement. Discuss options for satisfying this requirement with your Academic Advisor.
  4. All students entering any University within the Florida State University System with fewer than 60 credit hours are required to earn at least nine (9) credit hours prior to graduation by attending one or more summer terms at a university within the system.