Criminology - Corrections Option, B.S.


Department of Criminology

Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements

Criminology Major

A grade of C or higher is required for all courses to be counted toward the major (excluding CR/NC classes).

1. Criminology - Corrections Option Major requirements (53 units)
Lower-division requirements: CRIM 1, 2, 20, 50 (10 units)
Upper-division core: CRIM 100, 102, 109, 112, 170, 174 (18 units)
Upper-division requirements: CRIM 119, 131, 133, 135, 138, 141, 180I or 180HI (19 units)
Electives (6 units)
Any upper-division course offered by the Criminology Department that is not already required by the option, or any of the following courses: AFRS 146, CLAS 120, PHIL 121, and PAX 100, or any other suitable course with permission from the department

2. General Education requirements (49 units)

3. Other requirements (9 units)
American Government and Institutions (PLSI 2), Multicultural and International (MI), and Upper-division writing.

4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)
(See Degree Requirements); may be used toward a double major or minor

5. Total units (120)*

* G.E. and MI courses can be double-counted with major requirements. The writing requirement may be met by taking the upper-division writing exam. See advisor for details.

Advising Notes

  1. From Fall 2019, students wishing to change their major to Criminology or Forensic Behavioral Sciences will need to have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.
  2. CRIM 108 - a maximum of three units can be used as a criminology elective, or as a substitution for the internship requirement, but not both. Excess units from CRIM 108 will count as general elective units which can be used as part of the 120 unit graduation requirement.


The criminology department consists of 16 full-time faculty members whose expertise includes numerous specialties in the criminal justice system, including corrections, counseling, victimology, juvenile delinquency, theory, legal studies, supervision and management, and criminal justice administration. Various part-time faculty members from major criminal justice agencies also instruct in the department.

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B.S. in Criminology - Corrections Option

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The Department of Criminology provides undergraduate and graduate education in criminology for students planning professional careers in the criminal justice field. The program is diversified and integrated, reflecting the wide range of job opportunities in the field, including direct service and administration in law enforcement, corrections, forensic behavioral sciences, and victimology/victim services.

What You Can Earn (median)

  • Police Patrol Officer:  $57,800 (our region)
  • Correctional Officer: $46,161 (our region)
  • Victim Services Advocate $40,650 (CA)
  • Forensic Psychologist (PhD; Licensed) $104,787 (CA)

Source: HR Reported data on as of December 2021

What You Can Do

Pursue Careers In:

  • Local and State Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Parole
  • Probation
  • Psychological Forensic Assessments
  • Psychological Forensic Research
  • Counseling Services
  • Victim Services
  • Domestic Violence Shelters
  • Human Trafficking Support Services
  • Rape Crisis Centers
  • Elder Abuse Services
  • Victim Advocacy Services
  • Victim and Witness Assistance Programs
  • Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Alcohol Beverage Control
  • California Youth Authority
  • Office of Criminal Justice Planning
  • Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Fish and Game Department
  • Border Patrol
  • FBI
  • Secret Service
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
  • Park Service
  • Customs and Immigration
  • Federal prisons
  • Children and Family Services
  • Coroner's Office
  • Juvenile Detention Facilities
  • District Attorney Investigations
  • Public Defender Investigations
  • Highway Patrol
  • Criminalistics
  • Social Services
  • Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Marshals Service
  • Internal Revenue Service

Interesting Classes You Might Take

  • Crime and Violence in America
  • Forensic Science
  • Forensic Cognitive Science
  • Community-Based and Institutional Corrections
  • Victim Services
  • Restorative Justice
  • Administration of Justice
  • Criminal Law
  • Professionalism in Criminal Justice
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Criminal Justice Counseling
  • Family Violence
  • Alcohol, Drugs and Criminality
  • Psychology of Criminality
  • Trauma and Crisis Intervention
  • Internships in Law Enforcement, Corrections, and Victimology
  • Homeland Security

What You Can Learn

  • The composition, manufacture, use, and misuse of drugs and their relationship to criminality
  • The social, psychological and biological bases of criminal behavior
  • Typology and history of family abuse
  • Crimes' causal factors, agencies of justice, treatment processes, and programs for control and prevention of juvenile delinquency

About the College

The College of Social Sciences studies the human experience, including the depth of the past and the breadth of the entire planet.

We place emphasis on learning practical skills to aid you in your career. Our students do internships, participate in archaeological digs, or do service-learning projects with a non-profit agency. Students can assist on research projects or organize a social change project.

Whatever a student's major, they enjoy and benefit from our challenging curriculum, accomplished faculty, and our attentive staff, as they discover our social world.

College Contact Information

Phone: (559) 278-3013
FAX: (559) 278-7664

College of Social Sciences
5340 N. Campus Drive MS/SS91
Fresno CA 93740-8019

Department Contact Info

Department of Criminology

Science II, Area C - Room 159
2576 E San Ramon, MS/ST104
Fresno CA 93740-8029

Phone: 559.278.2305
Fax: 559.278.7265