Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice offers an in-depth scientific study of crime, criminal behavior, crime scene investigation theories, and the importance of scientific analysis as evidence presented in the criminal justice system. You will study the theory of forensic science, including the nature and scope of the discipline, the application of forensic science to crime, police investigation and the adjudication process, and the legal and ethical issues associated with forensics, as you prepare for careers in complex criminal justice occupations within public safety organizations. Our criminal justice programs are among the most popular at the university, bringing you peer interactions and an expanded network of criminal justice professionals who are dedicated to safeguarding their communities and nation.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online bachelor’s program is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Criminal justice administration
  • Criminology basics and criminal profiling and investigation
  • State and federal crime laboratory operations
  • Chemistry with lab techniques
  • Evidence types and investigative techniques
  • Fingerprint and voice stress analysis
  • Firearms forensic investigations
  • The pathology of death investigations
  • Research, analysis, and written communications

Courses in this program are taught by highly credentialed and experienced instructors, many who hold key positions in government agencies or criminal justice organizations. View all courses.

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Describe the functions of police, courts, and corrections.
  • Identify the basic methodological approaches in gaining criminological knowledge.
  • Critically evaluate the various methodologies used to measure crime.
  • Explain the socio-political nature of defining certain acts as criminal behavior.
  • Describe and analyze the political and public administrative aspects of law enforcement organizations.
  • Analyze and compare major criminology theories and trends in criminal activity.
  • Conduct research associated with criminal justice and criminology theories.
  • Demonstrate ethical criminal justice research practices.
  • Outline theories and practices associated to crime control efforts.
  • Discuss theories and practice associated with crime scene investigation.
  • Evaluate different theories and techniques for recovering potential evidence.
  • Discuss theories of modern analytical chemistry as applied to forensic problems.
  • Describe the role of data analysis in testing criminological theories and assessing crime reduction efforts.
  • Display clear knowledge of ethical concerns when physical evidence is presented to the criminal justice system.
  • Describe and analyze advancements made in law enforcement forensics practices.

Degree at a Glance

Concentrations

Concentrations are designed to help you group courses together so you can further specialize in your field and pursue a more focused path to degree completion. You will be asked to select a concentration when you enroll in this program.

Explore the concentrations available for this program.

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Forensics

Offers an in-depth scientific study of crime, criminal behavior, crime scene investigation theories, and the importance of scientific analysis as evidence. Focuses on the nature and scope of forensic science and its application to crime, police investigation and the adjudication process, and the legal and ethical issues associated with forensics.

Sample Courses

  • LSTD400 - Criminal Legal Process
  • CMRJ205 - Rape and Sexual Violence
  • CMRJ330 - DNA in the Criminal Justice System
  • CMRJ331 - Fingerprint Analysis
  • CMRJ332 - Bloodspatter Pattern Analysis
  • CMRJ333 - Firearms Forensics Investigation
  • CMRJ402 - The Pathology of Death Investigations
  • CMRJ334 - Voice Stress Analysis

Admission Requirements

  • All undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • New undergraduate students may be asked to complete our College Readiness Assessment (ADMN100). If you have successfully completed 9 or more hours of college credit, you may reach out to your admission representative to inquire about waiving this requirement.
  • If you have previous college experience, you will be asked to submit your transcripts from previous schools where you earned academic credit.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Undergraduate Tuition Rates  

Military-Affiliated Students* = $250/credit hour

All Other Students = $270/credit hour

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans that caps undergraduate tuition at the military TA limit. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Undergraduate Book Grant

Ebooks are provided at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $250 per academic semester if you are registered as a full-time student.

Transfer Credits

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

The university has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.