Department of Behavioral Sciences

Criminology Major

The department of behavioral sciences focuses on the disciplines of psychology, criminology, sociology, behavioral neuroscience, and community health. These disciplines address different dimensions of human behavior that can be integrated to form a comprehensive understanding of our human experiences. A primary goal of the department is to help students function as effective, informed global citizens. To this end, the principles of human behavior are presented within the context of an interdisciplinary liberal arts educational program.

Criminology is the scientific study of criminal behavior and the social institutions that deal with crime. The criminology major combines the resources of psychology and sociology, in order to effect a broad-based view of criminal behavior.

In addition to course offerings, departmental majors are encouraged to work in community, social and/or correctional agencies where they can apply classroom knowledge to real problems. Students interested in pursuing a graduate degree should complete the requirements to gain the department’s Recognition in Scientific Analysis.

Students should complete all 100- and 200-level requirements before accumulating 60 credit hours (junior status). All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment in the following courses.

CRIM 102: Introduction to Criminology
BSCI 109: Scientific Writing
BSCI 200: Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences
CRIM 221: Victimology
BSCI 275: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
BSCI 275-L: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences Laboratory
CRIM 331: Advanced Criminology
CRIM 332: Juvenile Delinquency
CRIM 342: The Correctional System
BSCI 359: Advanced Behavioral Research I

(It is essential that students complete Scientific Writing, Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences and Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences with Lab before taking Advanced Behavioral Research I.)

(Those students who fail or do not successfully complete BSCI 359 will be removed from the Advanced Behavioral I and II course sequence. Students will not be allowed to register for and/or audit BSCI 361 during the following spring semester. Failing students must re-attempt the 359/361 sequence the following fall semester.)

CRIM 360: The Judicial Process
BSCI 361: Advanced Behavioral Research II

(Those students who fail or do not successfully complete BSCI 361 must earn a passing grade in BSCI 343 in order to fulfill the university and department research requirement. The final grade awarded in BSCI 343 shall not replace any prior grade earned in BSCI 361.)

BSCI 380: Undergraduate Internship Experience
BSCI 493: Senior Seminar

(Students enrolled in BSCI 493 are required to take a comprehensive examination over topics covered in the major as well as a nationally-normed exit exam.)

Choose one from the following:
CRIM 301: Principles of Forensic Science
ANML 305: Animal Law I
BSCI 308: Qualitative Research Methods
CRIM 311: White Collar Crime
CRIM 321: Deviance & Social Control
PSYC 334: Abnormal Psychology
CRIM 337: Death Penalty
BSCI 339: Ethical Dilemmas in the Behavioral Sciences
CRIM 341: Justice, Punishment, and Ethics
BSCI 343: Fundamentals of Research
CRIM 364: Wrongful Convictions
CRIM 365: The Innocence Project Clinic
PSYC 371: Psychology & The Law
BSCI 435: Psychological Tests & Measurements
BSCI 435-L: Psychological Tests & Measurements
BSCI 475: Advanced Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
BSCI 475-L: Advanced Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
BSCI 480: Undergraduate Internship Experience II
CRIM 390, 490: Selected Topics
CRIM 391, 392, 491, 492: Research

Courses used as electives for one behavioral science major or minor (criminology, psychology or sociology) may not also satisfy elective requirements for another behavioral science major or minor.  Courses in the behavioral neuroscience minor may be used as electives for the psychology major or minor. Likewise, courses in the community health minor may be used as electives for the criminology major or minor.

Students majoring in criminology are required to complete at least six hours of course work in the natural sciences.
Choose one of the following options:

Option 1
Select six hours of coursework from the science and discovery menu or approved transfer equivalents

Option II
Select three hours of coursework from the science and discovery menu or approved transfer equivalents

Choose one course from the following:
BIOL 172: Exploring Molecular Biology
BIOL 205: Human Anatomy
BIOL 206: Human Physiology
PSYC 346: Health Psychology
PSYC 347: Medical Sociology
PSYC 356: Biopsychology