BACHELOR OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE
The Bachelor of Criminal Justice (BCJ) may be earned through the Department of Criminal Justice at New Mexico State University. General admission requirements for New Mexico State University .
All students earning the BCJ must complete the General Education Requirements for your catalog year.
In addition, all students must complete a minimum of 36 credit hours within the Department of Criminal Justice that includes 5 (15 credits) required lower division courses, 3 (9 credits) required upper division courses, and a minimum of 4 (12 credits) upper division elective courses. A detailed outline is displayed below.
Bachelor of Criminal Justice Curriculum
Must be Completed Prior to Taking Upper Division Courses
- CJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice - prerequisite for all other CJ courses
- CJ 205 Criminal Law I
- CJ 210 American Law Enforcement Systems
- CJ 230 Introduction to Corrections
- CJ 250 Courts and the Criminal Justice System
- CJ 300 Introduction to Criminal Justice Research (May substitute SOC 352, GOV 300, PSY 310, or SWK 467)
- CJ 301 Advanced Research Methods (May substitute any Introductory Statistics course)
- CJ 449 Senior Seminar - To be completed during the Senior year (90 or more earned credit hours)
Must complete 4 (12 credits) upper division elective courses (courses numbered 300 or higher) in addition to those listed above.
NOTE: CJ 393 Internship cannot be used to satisfy this requirement but may be used to satisfy the University requirement of 48 upper division credit hours.
Second language requirement: Please visit the link to find information on satisfying the Second Language Requirement for the BCJ:
Complete a second language* through the 212 (non-native speakers, sequence = 111, 112, 211, 212); 214 (native speakers, sequence = 113, 114, 213, 214) level; or MATH 191G.
Pass CD 476, American Sign Language III with a grade of C or better.
Second language can be waived with 3 credits in a single language from high school, with a grade of C or better.
Complete statewide common core courses.
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Advising is required for each BCJ major through the sophomore year, 60 completed credits. After earning 60 credits advising is optional. Each BCJ major is assigned an advisor upon entering the major and typically works with the same advisor until the BCJ is completed.
The Department of Criminal Justice also participates in one interdisciplinary minor: a Minor in Forensic Science. (The Security Techology and Intelligence Studies minor will no longer be part of CJ program with the 2011-2012 Catalog).
Minor in Forensic Science requires a minimum of 18 credit hours to be selected from a prescribed group of courses. The course curriculum appears below.
Minor in Forensic Science
Forensic Science involves the application of the principles and techniques of scientific analysis in a legal context. Forensic scientists study physical evidence to resolve issues involving criminal investigations, environmental analyses, and similar areas of research.
A student must complete 18 credits with grades of C or higher as discussed below in order to receive the Forensic Science minor. No courses may be taken S/U. Students must take at least 6 credits from outside their major(s). At least 9 credits in any minor must be upper division. Courses marked with asterisks have prerequisites. Students must be registered in the minor in order to enroll in any Criminal Justice courses.
These courses represent the minimum requirements for a minor. Students interested in a career in Forensic Science are encouraged to take additional courses from among the courses listed below.
Students must complete 6 credits from among the following courses:
CJ 306 Criminal Procedure
CJ 307 Law of Evidence
CJ 321 Criminal Investigation
CJ 424 Forensic Law
TOX 453 Regulatory Toxicology
Students must complete 9 credits from one of the following tracks. Please read more about TRACKS.